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.
The digital December issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story details how U.S. investment in machine tools is poised to reach a remarkable level. Another feature discusses how one shop uses an atypical means to fixture thin parts that are prone to flexing when conventional workholding clamps are used. A third story details how a shop that specializes in precision thread grinding not only provides an environment in which its machinists can fully focus on challenging tasks, but also the advanced equipment needed to accurately complete them.
Our Rapid Traverse section features three short technical pieces about manufacturing titanium.
This month’s Better Production section includes case studies about how face mills kept a shop from making a large capital expenditure, how software helped race-team mechanics become CNC programmer-machinists, and how a cutting tool helped an automotive manufacturer implement a design change, and how a video measuring system ensures diamond quality for waterjets.
The Modern Equipment Review section highlights machining center equipment.
Have you heard of Workshops for Warriors? The concept of this nonprofit organization based out of San Diego, California, is that veterans could provide an answer to manufacturing’s need for skilled employees. According to the organization, there is a severe shortage of skilled labor in the welding and fabricating industries and veterans are a perfect fit for these jobs. That’s why it provides machining and welding training to recently discharged veterans and Wounded Warriors.
MMS Editor Pete Zelinski had the privilege of visiting the facility a little more than a year ago and was impressed by what he found. Training is provided at no cost to veterans, and the organization boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates. This Veterans Day, learn why this organization deserves your attention and support.
The digital edition of Modern Machine Shop's November issue is now available.
The digital November issue of Modern Machine Shop is now available. The cover story details how it might be better to hire an employee based on his or her strengths and aptitude rather than a hard set of skills. Another feature discusses how one shop went from making low-volume, high-complexity medical and aerospace parts to a high-volume production line. A third story delves into reducing setups with automated pallet systems while a fourth feature takes a look at “dengeling”—an alternative to grinding, polishing and shot peening.
Our Rapid Traverse section is completely devoted to recapping IMTS 2014. More than 20 photos with extended captions will help you get a sense of what we found notable at this year’s show.
This month’s Better Production section includes case studies about how CAD/CAM software helped an aerospace shop machine aluminum guitars, how HMCs helped bow manufacturer Mathews improve its technology and productivity, and how G-code simulation ensures precise machining of large parts.
The Modern Equipment Review section highlights turning equipment.
When explaining your manufacturing job to others, sometimes it would be more helpful if they could just see what you do on a daily basis.
Have you ever been in a situation in which you are trying to explain your day-to-day job to someone, and you get a glazed-over stare? When talking manufacturing, anything past the concept of an assembly line tends to lose your audience.
These people need to see all the cool technology you are using and the difficult machining operations you perform every day to fully understand what you do for a living. The good thing is that there are many resources available to do that.
For instance, 5th Axis machine vises are going to be featured on the Science Channel USA’s show “How It’s Made” November 21 at 9 p.m. EST (For local listings, check here.)
Another resource is the show “Titan-American Built,” which began airing last week on MAVTV. This new reality series centers on Titan Gilroy and his team of shop members who will be tasked to create parts for major American companies. Read more here.
Women in Manufacturing (WiM) has released new survey results with several promising findings for the future of women in the manufacturing sector. The survey, co-produced with Plante Moran, reviewed more than 870 women who are currently working in the manufacturing industry and young women who are just beginning to consider their career options.
The results found that young women ranked compensation as the most important factor they are seeking in a career, followed closely by work that is interesting and challenging. What is promising about these findings is that more than 80 percent of women in manufacturing today say that their work is interesting and challenging, and half of women in manufacturing say that compensation is the most significant benefit of the sector.
The survey also found that 74 percent of women working in manufacturing say that the sector offers multiple career paths for women and that more than half of women in manufacturing today think that the sector is a leading industry for job growth for women. In addition, 64 percent of women working in manufacturing reported that they would recommend a career in manufacturing to a young woman.
However, despite these high numbers, many young women remain unaware of the opportunities available to them in the manufacturing sector. Less than half of young women believe that manufacturing offers the interesting and challenging work they’re seeking and less than 10 percent of young women placed manufacturing among the top five career fields that they think will offer the most opportunity for young women.
This discrepancy is particularly relevant because today is Manufacturing Day—a day focused on introducing manufacturing to young people and their parents.
“On the whole, these survey results should be seen as a call to action in a space where there is great opportunity,” says Allison Grealis, WiM director. “When we know what young women are looking for in careers, we are in a better position to demonstrate how manufacturing can help them meet their aspirations. We have long known that women are good for manufacturing; and these survey results go a long way to showing that manufacturing is good for women, too.”