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. July 2016

Read the July 2016 Digital Edition

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Different tools and machining strategies have driven one shop to seek new efficiencies beyond its most demanding work and most capable machining center. Read the full story on page 72.

Also in this issue:

  • How bold moves put Carolina Precision Manufacturing on the road to data-driven manufacturing;
  • How moving up from a standard lathe to a Swiss-type machine helped Sussex Wire bid on making small, complex parts it wasn’t able to in the past (while also slashing cycle times on legacy parts); and
  • How various tooling considerations contribute to profitable light-out machining.

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

Posted by: Emily Probst 13. June 2016

Read the June 2016 Digital Edition

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By giving its personnel room to experiment, ADEX Machining’s R&D program has resulted in enhanced toolpath generation, cutting cycle times by boosting metal-removal rates on the order of 20 to 40 percent. Read the full story on page 76.

Also in this issue:

  • How a new twist on tombstone workholding enabled one shop’s HMC to perform 3+2 machining to reduce scrap while supporting higher-volume customer needs;
  • How reduced machine downtimes and higher throughput have laid to rest any initial reservation one shop had about ramping up on-machine probing technology;
  • How investing in a new HMC with a two-axis head and six-station pallet pool enabled a company to make telescopic boom components in one setup, lights-out.

Access these stories and more in the June 2016 digital edition.

Posted by: Emily Probst 26. May 2016

Training the Manufacturers of Tomorrow

Students at Northern Maine Community College's Precision Machining Program receive valuable real-world CNC experience and other manufacturing training.

Given the opportunity, manufacturers can greatly benefit from working with nearby community colleges. Companies both large and small can work closely with schools to determine the manufacturing industry’s foremost training needs and the schools can help recruit new talent. In addition, some schools, like Northern Maine Community College, produce lot sizes of 100 pieces or fewer for customers from all over the country; customers pay tooling, materials and shipping costs in return for labor at no charge. What benefits have you found working with community colleges?

Posted by: Emily Probst 12. May 2016

Manufacturing News of Note

Jerry Rex has been appointed COO of Methods Machine Tools Inc.

Methods Machine Tools, Inc.. (Sudbury, Massachusetts) has appointed Jerry Rex Chief Operating Officer of all Methods operations. Spanning 40 years, Mr. Rex’s manufacturing career began with a machinist position at GE Locomotive. He steadily rose from roles in engineering and applications to production, sales management and executive positions at manufacturers and machine tool organizations. Most recently he served as executive vice president of Concept Machine Tools (Minneapolis, Minnesota). Prior to Concept Machine Tools, Mr. Rex was President of Hegman Machinery LLC, a Morris Group Company from 2013 to 2015. For the 20 years prior, his roles included President of Morris South (Charlotte, North Carolina), Vice President of Gosiger Inc. (Dayton, Ohio) and Regional Manager of J&H Machine Tools (Richmond, Virginia).  Mr. Rex also served as chairman of AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, where he continues to serve on the board of directors. 

Here is more news to note:

Posted by: Emily Probst 11. May 2016

Read the May 2016 Digital Edition

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

Even though profit margins are good for high-volume implants, they’re much tighter for the tools surgeons need to apply them. Alpha Manufacturing & Design’s turn-mill enabled it to decrease setup and cycle times to compensate and maintain competitiveness. Turn to page 74 to read the full story.

Also in this issue:

  • Learn how one shop uses a software tool to tailor the machining program to the location and orientation of each contoured part instead of creating precise holding fixtures for every part number;
  • Read how optimum workholding increases output; and
  • Learn about what has happened since the peak in machine tool consumption.

Access this and more in the May 2016 digital edition.

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