Emily Probst

Emily Probst is the associate editor for Modern Machine Shop. She joined the staff in the summer of 2006 as the editorial intern editing product releases for the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS). Hired full-time in 2007 after graduating with a B.S.J. from Ohio University, she edited product releases and columns until 2012, when she moved to her current role of writing and editing case studies for both print and online media channels. In this role, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world as well as visit some interesting shops and trade shows in the United States. She also administers Modern’s blog as well as its Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Posted by: Emily Probst 12. September 2016

Welcome to IMTS 2016

This week, we are blogging live from the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), which runs September 12-17 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. The show features more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and 114,147 registrants. The show occupies 1.3 million net square feet of floor space. Co-located shows include Industrial Automation North America, Motion Drive, & Automation North America, Surface North America, ComVac North America and Industrial Supply North America, not to mention a packed conference schedule with events such as the Additive Conference and TRAM, among others. As you can tell, this show demands a week’s worth of coverage.

While you are at the show, we hope you stop by and visit Gardner Business Media (publisher of Modern Machine Shop) in booth W-10. 

Posted by: Emily Probst 5. September 2016

Read the September 2016 Digital Edition

Read the September digital edition by clicking on the photo above.

Our Tops Shops benchmarking survey aims to cover everything from A to Z identifying machine shop operational excellence and best practices. The goal is to provide shops with intelligence they can use to more effectively pave a path to success. Read the full story on page 78.

Also in this issue:

  • When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more;
  • A shop machining critical aircraft parts in both metal and composites describes the key features of the machine it bought with an eye toward CFRP; and
  • the Gear Production supplement.

Access these stories and more in our September 2016 digital edition.

Posted by: Emily Probst 2. September 2016

Making Chips at IMTS

Jim Carr and Jason Zenger record Making Chips podcast

Jim Carr (left) owner of Carr Machine and Tool, and Jason Zenger, CEO of Zengers Industrial Supply, created “Making Chips” to empower manufacturing leaders by providing them with valuable resources to elevate their business. Listen to their podcasts here, or download them from your app store.

Remember the guys behind the “Making Chips” podcast, Jim Carr and Jason Zenger? They have a few exciting opportunities up their sleeves for industry professionals headed to Chicago for the International Manufacturing Technology Show.

At the beginning of the week—September 12-14 to be exact—the podcast hosts are presenting the Make and Elevate Manufacturing Leadership Series at Virgin Hotels Chicago. The series offers two components: the three-day “Mastermind Forum” and a “One Day to Elevate Workshop.”

The Mastermind Forum is designed for small groups of executives. It begins with a networking dinner at RPM Steak, and allows participants to get to know each other before the next day, when they discuss business challenges they are facing (working with family, sales, ERP) and receive peer guidance. It’s also an opportunity to share and discuss things that are going really well. The One Day to Elevate Workshop Sept. 14 offers a networking breakfast followed by a full day of workshops and speakers. It is designed to motivate and equip attendees with action plans to implement change in their businesses. The workshop’s keynote speaker will be the Edge Factor’s Jeremy Bout. Other speakers can be found on this schedule. You can sign up for the Make and Elevate Manufacturing Leadership Series here.

North Studio floorplan IMTS

Carr and Zenger will be recording episodes of “Making Chips” in the IMTSTV North Studio.

Aside from presenting the Leadership Series, Carr and Zenger will be at the IMTS show itself Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. recording episodes of “Making Chips” from the North Studio, located on the 2.5 level of the North Building. They will also be walking the show floor handing out t-shirts and interviewing guests in booths.

“We would love as many people as possible to watch and listen,” Zenger says. “If there is a listener of Making Chips whose unique story might equip and/or inspire manufacturing leaders, then we would love to hear it.”

Carr is also excited about recording from the event. “It’s going to be really exciting,” he says. “We look forward to being there.”

On a personal note, “Making Chips” is more than just a job/paycheck for Carr. As someone who grew up running a manual Bridgeport in his father’s shop, to learning CNC programming, to eventually managing his own business, he has a deep love and passion for the industry. Never in a million years though, would he have considered podcasting about manufacturing. Now, he says it’s one of the most rewarding things he’s ever done. “You’ve got to take a chance with new projects,” he says. “If it’s going to be right, you’ll feel it. It’s impactful.”

Posted by: Emily Probst 25. August 2016

TRAM 2016 Announces Conference Program

boeing plane

TRAM (Trends in Advanced Machining Manufacturing and Materials), the aerospace industry’s premier conference, has announced this year’s technical program. Taking place September 14-15 alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Illinois, the program consists of a day and a half of technical sessions covering smart machining, super alloys, near-net-shape primary processing, automation, future manufacturing technologies, adaptive control, intelligent fixturing and more.

The conference program is a collaboration between industry, academia and media to bring attendees the latest trends in aerospace manufacturing. Conference highlights include keynote presentations from Boeing and Jaguar, as well as 20 sessions from technical experts at leading OEMS, suppliers, MRO facilities and advanced manufacturing providers.

As an added value to conference participants, TRAM is co-located with IMTS. TRAM attendees have full access to the IMTS show floor, which includes access to more than 2,000 exhibitors. This year also includes an exhibit and networking room where sponsors and exhibitors will be displaying the very latest in aerospace technology.

The complete conference schedule is available here. For more information about TRAM, click here.

Posted by: Emily Probst 18. August 2016

Additive Manufacturing Conference Announces Technical Program

The Additive Manufacturing Conference (AMC), presented by Modern Machine Shop and Additive Manufacturing magazines, has announced the complete lineup of technical sessions.The agenda includes presenters from Autodesk, DMG MORI, Optomec, EOS, CatterpillarITAMCO and more. The two-day event will offer attendees unique ways to connect with leading suppliers, end-users and researchers of industrial applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

Taking place alongside the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS), at Chicago’s McCormick Place September 13-14, the AMC program includes 20 technical sessions examining design, material, machinery and applications technology used in metal additive manufacturing. Registration to the AMC also includes access to the more than 2,000 exhibiting companies at IMTS. Specific AM Conference topics include lightweighting, robotic additive manufacturing, combining additive and traditional manufacturing, software, automation and much more.

The AMC is dedicated to exploring the ways that additive technologies can be implemented in an industrial setting, offering technical insights on additive manufacturing technologies past and present, as well as the future impact and potential applications of emerging technologies.  In addition to the technical sessions, attendees will have access to the more than 20 sponsors who will be showcased in the exhibit/networking room, where continued conversations can be conducted in a more relaxed setting.

Registration is open for the Additive Manufacturing Conference. Full event details are available here.

Already registered? Follow @LearnAdditive on Twitter for the latest updates, and use #IMTSadditive to connect with others during the event. 

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