Posted by: Russ Willcutt 12. August 2015

Drawing Millennials to Manufacturing

It is projected that more than 6,000 positions in advanced manufacturing will be open in Northern Kentucky by 2022.

Reaching out to millennials—those born between 1980 and 2000—is critical to the future of manufacturing. One way to do so involves sharing the testimonials of those within that age group who’ve already begun successful careers in advanced manufacturing. That’s the mission of the Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Development Coalition of Northern Kentucky, which has launched a marketing campaign targeting millennials that could be a model for other states.

The coalition is co-chaired by industry leaders, including regional entities involved in workforce development, which developed the campaign to find job-seekers to fill a multitude of advanced manufacturing jobs in the region. The $110,000 campaign includes $80,000 in funding through a grant obtained by Gateway Community and Technical College.

The target of the initial campaign is 18- to 30-year-old men and women who live in the region. It will utilize digital advertising, radio and TV commercials, advertising on Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) buses and Pandora Internet radio, as well as T-shirts and posters. The campaign is reaching out with voices of people who have already chosen advanced manufacturing proclaiming, “I made it in NKY.”

Rose Communications surveyed young people currently working in advanced manufacturing in Northern Kentucky. “What our team learned through these surveys is that these young men and women see great opportunities for themselves to have rewarding careers,” says Mike Vogt, co-chair of the coalition and vice president of human resources and general affairs for Mazak Corp., which makes advanced turning and milling machines at its Florence headquarters.

It is projected that more than 6,000 positions in advanced manufacturing will be open in Northern Kentucky by 2022. Learn more about the program by watching this short video

Posted by: Derek Korn 11. August 2015

Getting Ramped up on Swiss-Types

unique challenges to Swiss machining

It’s one thing to train a person to operate a conventional CNC turning center. It’s another to get someone comfortable running a more complex Swiss-type lathe with its signature sliding-headstock design. So what specifically needs to be pointed out to a person who either has some experience with conventional turning centers or perhaps no machining knowledge whatsoever? I got some suggestions from folks at Vallorbs, a manufacturing operation in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, that has a wealth of experience with Swiss-types. Here’s what they had to say.

Posted by: Peter Zelinski 10. August 2015

Additive Manufacturing Conference Speaker: Robert Mudge

The parent company to RPM Innovations has been additively manufacturing metal parts this size for years on machines built in-house.

Robert Mudge, president of RPM Innovations, will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Additive Manufacturing Conference. Read here about his company’s additive production of large metal parts. The conference—October 20-21 in Knoxville, Tennessee—focuses on industrial applications of additive manufacturing. Learn more and register to attend at

Posted by: Mark Albert 6. August 2015

The Lasting Appeal of Paper and Ink

collage of MMS covers

Despite the value and popularity of our digital media channels (such as this blog!), the print edition of Modern Machine Shop has proven its staying power. One reason: A magazine that supports its readers won’t lose the support of its readers

My monthly column for the August 2015 print edition of Modern Machine Shop analyzes this and other reasons why not all traditional media have gone away. I make the point that a magazine has to create a valuable reader experience that is anchored in high-quality content.

To help us in that pursuit, we recently started an email campaign to our subscribers asking them to share their thoughts and opinions on what we put in the magazine. If you’re a subscriber and received the message about this survey, please be sure to respond if you haven't already done so.

Want the MMS print experience each month? Qualified individuals can subscribe here.


Posted by: Russ Willcutt 5. August 2015

The Lowdown on Machine Tool Lubricants

Proper lubrication management is central to the long service life of your machine tools. Choosing the right mix for the type of work you’re doing, as well as the environment you’re doing it in, will pay off in the long run. To aid in selection, Klüber Lubrication has developed a new content hub website that provides insights for a variety of markets into how the proper lubricant solutions save energy, protect equipment and enhance processes. The kind of information you’ll find includes:

  • Product spotlights that describe lubricant properties and areas of likely applications such as couplings, joints and gears.
  • Blog overviews from a Klüber expert about special application issues like the advantages of using synthetic ester oils, high viscosity index (VI) base oils or high-performance NSF H1 food-grade lubricants.
  • White papers that provide in-depth information about test procedures, lubricant properties and application techniques.
  • Case histories that detail successful application in various industries, climates and hazardous environments.
  • News releases on the latest developments in lubricant solutions for new applications, government regulations and other timely issues.

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