Mark Albert

Mark Albert is editor-in-chief of Modern Machine Shop Magazine, a position he has held since July 2000. He was associate editor and then executive editor of the magazine in prior years. Mark has been writing about metalworking for more than 30 years. Currently, his favorite topics are lean manufacturing and global competitiveness. Mark’s editorial activities have taken him to numerous countries in Europe and Asia as well as across the United States many times. He is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Indiana University (Bloomington, Indiana).

Posted by: Mark Albert 19. October 2015

Growing Interest in Additive Manufacturing at EMO 2015

“Growing” parts or part features with additive manufacturing processes was a theme at EMO 2015. I caught a few examples while touring the halls at the fairgrounds in Milan, Italy, but I believe they are representative of industry's maturing perspective on additive manufacturing. This slideshow captures what I saw.

Posted by: Mark Albert 16. October 2015

Industry 4.0 is a Strong Theme among EMO Exhibitors

At Europe’s big machine tool show in Milan, Italy, last week, many suppliers of manufacturing technology were eager to show how their products will help customers be part of the fourth industrial revolution. This slideshow samples some of the ways these suppliers envision implementing this concept. 

Posted by: Mark Albert 18. September 2015

As Seen at Westec

A rotary/swiveling table that can fully invert a workpiece caught my eye in Los Angeles this week.

A show that seems to be on the rebound, Westec offered a representative cross-section of today’s manufacturing technology. This short slideshow captures the diversity of exhibits. 

Posted by: Mark Albert 11. September 2015

Cutting, Welding and Writing—Three Important Skills

Students who can demonstrate their welding and cutting skills in a team fabrication project are invited to enter a contest sponsored by Esab. The theme of the contest is “A Cut Above.” Students are also invited to submit a 500-word essay that conveys the contest theme.

The contest is open to students in welding, cutting and related programs (such as Ag Mechanics) at secondary and post-secondary schools in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec). The company will award more than $30,000 in equipment and cash prizes as part of the contest. Esab judges will select three winners in both the individual essay and team fabrication project parts of the contest.

Teams must submit a metal fabrication project that incorporates both welding and cutting. Each member of a winning fabrication team receives $500. In addition, each of the schools associated with the winners at their time of entry will receive the following prize package, valued at more than $4,000:

Individual winners in the essay part of the contest will receive $250.

Click here for contest rules, entry forms and tips for winning. Entries will be accepted until December 31, 2015, with winners announced on February 1, 2016.

Posted by: Mark Albert 4. September 2015

Cyber Security for Machine Shops and Manufacturers

Our September 2015 cover story about the Industrial Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 states that cyber security is now a major issue as machine tools and factory equipment become interconnected or linked to the Web. A recent article by Ben Moses, Technical Director at AMT—The Association For Manufacturing Technology provides a handy list of guides, software and training centers offered by key U.S. government agencies to help companies lower the risk of cyber threats. Find the article here.

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