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Transitioning to "Made by Machine"

The American Precision Museum is the historical birthplace of the U.S. manufacturing industry. New displays there will tell the story of the transition from “made by hand” to “made by machine.”

Benchmark Your Machining Business

By taking the Top Shops benchmarking survey, you can see how your operation’s metrics and practices — both in the front office and shop floor — compare to leading U.S. machining businesses.

Avoiding Webinar Disasters

Putting together a successful webinar requires a little preparation and know-how. Here are some tips.

Precision Machining Extends Upward Advance Moving into New Year

Rising new orders by constrained production lifts backlog reading to 18-month high

Precision CNC Machining Suppliers You Need to Know

Our 2021 Buyer’s Guide highlights companies offering technology to help precision machine shops become more effective and efficient operations while growing their businesses.

COVID-19 Pessimism Results in Steel Supply Shortages

If inflation continues in light of effective vaccines, manufacturing’s greatest problem may not be one of chasing limited demand, but of limited supplies resulting in empty shelves in the face of wanting buyers.

Parts Cleaning

What Does 2021 Have in Store for the Parts Cleaning Industry?

With a new opportunity to do good things in your organizations this year, I hope you use the parts cleaning section and this year’s and last year’s Parts Cleaning Conference as tools to succeed. 

Two Bits of Good News to Start 2021

The Precision Machining Technology Show has moved from April to August and Production Machining turns 20. These are both good things.

Automation & Robots

Introduction to Industrial Artificial Intelligence

The systematic implementation of Industrial Artificial Intelligence enables secure data sharing among manufacturers, remote monitoring and operations, managing geographically distributed assets and more.

Parts Cleaning

The Basics of Cleaning with a Parts Washer

Better Engineering answers the question of “What do I need to know about an aqueous parts washer and its process?”

Four Human Capital Trends for 2021

One thing is for certain in 2021, changes around human capital are inevitable. In a competitive business environment, the key for leaders within our organizations is to embrace changes as effectively as possible.

Precision Machining Index Signals Slowing Expansion

Supplier deliveries reading keeps index above ‘50.’

What Do Jazz And Precision Machining Have In Common?

Collaborative machining is more than just working together. It is a strategic choice that, over time, transforms our relationships with customers in unexpected and powerful ways.

Machining Centers & Milling Machines

Manufacturing Knowledge is Power

The Knowledge Centers with video produced by brands such as Production Machining on the IMTS spark online platform take deep dives into technology and trends related to various CNC machining and manufacturing topics.

Industry 4.0 Commonality Across Sectors

As Industry 4.0 technology advances, manufacturers should be open to importing talent from other sectors (retail, hospitality, health care and more) into the world of machining. The technologies in other sectors have more in common with ours than one might think.

CAD/CAM

Why Using Pirated Software is Riskier Than Ever

Machine shops and manufacturers that use pirated software risk losing much more – both directly and indirectly.

Precision Machining Index Ends October at 16-Month High

New Orders and production lift Index, while supplier deliveries cast a shadow.

Parts Cleaning

An Opportunity for Building a Strong Community

The new Manufacturing Cleaning Association brings the parts cleaning industry together to work toward a common goal of building relationships.

CNC Machine Shops: Help Production Machining Help You

While our magazine’s editors keep up with CNC machining industry trends and technology, we remain open to hearing about article topics that you feel will help your business grow and become more efficient. Your feedback is welcome.

Leadership Problems in a Digital Age

Business leaders may need to help employees develop communication skills which may be lacking due to the human disconnect created by the 21st-century digital age.

Parts Cleaning

Filmic/Chemical Cleanliness Becoming Just as Important as Particulate Cleanliness

Glued, sealed, welded and coated parts require clean, adherent surfaces in addition to specified particulate cleanliness. This article offers advice on how to clean these parts effectively. 

Index Contracts in September After a Promising August

All components report lower readings after August expansion.

On Race and Manufacturing

Racial inequality is everyone’s problem and we don’t have to agree on all of the answers in order to get started on some of them.

Economic Outlook Positive for Medical, Defense Industries

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.