LORI BECKMAN

Lori Beckman Senior Editor

Lori Beckman has been reporting on, writing and editing content in Production Machining since 2003. She attends IMTS and PMTS regularly, and visits machine shops and OEMs to find the most valuable content for PM readers. She spearheaded the Emerging Leaders annual awards program that she is passionate about. 

Lori is also the parts cleaning editor for this section in Production Machining and Products Finishing magazines, covering the manufacturing parts cleaning segment of the industry. She has attended the parts2clean trade show in Germany, is a member of the board of directors for the new Manufacturing Cleaning Association and is co-chairperson of the Parts Cleaning Conference held yearly.

Lori began her journalism career in 1999 as an associate editor, writing technical articles for two trade publications in the trucking industry. The magazines’ Chicago publishing company was eventually bought by Randall-Reilly. She got her start in manufacturing media working as an editor with Modern Machine Shop, PM’s sister brand.

Lori has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

Economic Outlook Positive for Medical, Defense Industries

By: Lori Beckman

This economic outlook from ITR Economics includes predictions of how well certain manufacturing sectors will do in the foreseeable future, as well as advice on making investments and using low interest rates to your advantage.  
#opinion

Measurement

Fast Fixturing for Inspection and Laser Marking

By: Lori Beckman

The versatility of the Inspection Arsenal and Laser Arsenal modular fixture plate systems enables fixturing to be built on the individual grid plates. The plates can be easily removed from the magnetic docking rail when not needed.
#techbrief

5 Topics for Machine Shop Training

By: Lori Beckman

These five safety topics should be a focus for your shop’s safety training in 2020, according to Miles Free, director of industry affairs, Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA).

Parts Cleaning

Parts Cleaning Conference Webinar Series Begins Oct. 7

By: Lori Beckman

The 2020 Parts Cleaning Conference educates the industry with a webinar series, offering five presentations from leading manufacturing cleaning companies. Find out how to register.

Emerging Leaders

Young Leader Focuses on Continuous Improvement

By: Lori Beckman

In his five years as business team leader at American Turned Products, Jerry Eighmy, has educated himself about continuous improvement and lean initiatives and how to implement them at both of the company’s locations.
#workforcedevelopment

Parts Cleaning

Opportunity for More Efficient Productivity

By: Lori Beckman

Difficult times teach us to create workarounds that are often more efficient than our previous processes. This is true for the parts cleaning industry and the Parts Cleaning Conference committee. 
#opinion

Emerging Leaders

Organized, Driven Leader Transforms Her Organization

By: Lori Beckman

“In her short amount of time with the company, she has made the largest positive impact that I have seen in 12 years here.” Read about how Morgan Miller, a 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader, has influenced C&A Tool. 
#workforcedevelopment

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leader Strives to be an Ambassador for the Trade

By: Lori Beckman

“When we have shop tours for students and instructors, sharing the company’s journey and sharing my experiences over time is important,” says Clay Adcock, production manager at Custom Tool and a 2020 Emerging Leader.
#workforcedevelopment

Brief Virtual Sessions Answer Parts Cleaning Questions

By: Lori Beckman

Kyzen Corp. is offering a series of 15-minute sessions, called Tech 2 Tech, that answers common cleaning questions heard in the metal finishing and electronic assembly industries.

Cobots Gain Ability to Sort and Measure

By: Lori Beckman

New tooling that includes a precision robotic caliper extends the applicability of collaborative robots to perform sorting and measuring small parts.
#techbrief

Emerging Leaders

Role Model Leads Shop to New Growth

By: Lori Beckman

Under Travis Donaldson’s leadership, Donmac Precision Machining Inc. has made extensive improvements, including streamlining its production. Read about this 2020 Production Machining Emerging Leader’s other accomplishments here. 
#workforcedevelopment

Gardner Establishes Manufacturing Cleaning Association

By: Lori Beckman

This association’s mission is to create a community of cleaning industry professionals that can learn from each other, and establish and hold strict industrial standards while networking, sharing and learning from eachother.