Want to Present at the 2019 Top Shops Conference? Now Is Your Chance

Presentations for the Top Shops Conference should focus on subjects relating to new technology, concepts and strategies for operating a successful job shop.


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Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Conference is where leading shops and industry professionals connect to celebrate their contribution to the manufacturing community and to learn from their peers about the tools and technologies that will help them continue to lead and succeed. With the conference’s “call for papers” now open, you have the opportunity to share your industry and technology expertise on a broader scale. Taking place September 9-11 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the third annual conference is the only event developed by and for job shops and contract manufacturers.

“The goal of this conference is to present practical new technology, strategies and concepts that attendees—owners or managers of CNC machine shops—can quickly implement in their businesses to help them grow and become more efficient,” notes Derek Korn, executive editor of Modern Machine Shop. “The key word here is business, which is why the conference will include presentations about new machining technology and shopfloor practices as well as business strategies and workforce development.”

Suggested presentation topics include:

  • New machining technology
  • Data-driven manufacturing
  • Cutting tool strategies to reduce cycle times
  • Workholding techniques to lower setup times
  • 3D printing applied in a machine shop setting
  • Robotics and other forms of shopfloor automation
  • Employee training and development
  • Succession-planning strategies

Speakers receive a complimentary pass to the conference, access to the exhibit hall, download of the proceedings after the event, and an invitation to all networking activities, including the Top Shops awards reception.

Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops Conference is an extension of the Top Shops benchmarking program. It connects leading machining and metalworking professionals to the people, products and processes that are moving manufacturing forward.

The deadline for papers is May 17, 2019. Abstracts can be submitted here.