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 3. February 2016

Read the February 2016 Digital Edition

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

The daily reporting document pictured on the cover of the February 2016 issue is a visual tool used by plant managers at Tech Manufacturing to easily check the previous day’s machine performance. The color red indicates a planned interruption (such as inspection or scheduled maintenance), while black indicates periods in which a machine is scheduled offline. Green, meanwhile, is in-cycle time. The machine is producing parts and making money during these periods. Yellow is what the shop doesn’t want to see. This color indicates unexplained non-cutting conditions. Click on the cover image above to access the digital edition of the magazine and turn to page 74 to read the full story.

Also in this issue:

  • How  machining IDs and ODs of 0.0160 inch with tolerances down to ±0.0001 inch led to the development of a new multifunction turning center;
  • How one shop took baby steps to integrate five-axis manufacturing; and
  • What Hydromat is doing to tailor its rotary transfer machines to specific high-volume applications.
Posted by: Emily Probst 20. January 2016

Searching for Good News in the Manufacturing Skills Gap

While the current employment outlook is seemingly bleak, with a high number of manufacturers reporting a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified production workers, there does appear to be a light at the end of the tunnel concerning the future of American manufacturing over the next decade.

So says Jon Iverson, CEO of Optis, in an article written in correlation to the company’s new qualitative research report, which looks into the state of American manufacturing to examine the current mood and make predictions for the future.

In the article , Mr. Iverson mentions three ways the manufacturing industry can begin to bridge the skills gap, ensuring a sustainable future.

  1. Use model-based definition. Design parts and automatically embed tolerances in the model. By doing so, product development can be streamlined.
  2. Use automation. Automating routine tasks enables personnel to concentrate on more intricate, complex and individualized procedures. According to the report, this will become increasingly important as manufacturers reshore to the United States, bringing more demand for operators and further impacting the skills shortage.
  3. Design more intuitive machines. A certain amount of “tribal knowledge” will be lost when the baby boomers retire. This insight needs to be “trained” into machines so less human intervention is necessary to make the future machine tool self-sufficient.
Posted by: Emily Probst 6. January 2016

View the January 2016 Digital Issue

The cover story for our January 2016 issue delves deeper into standard tool classification for better data communication. This story describes how cutting tool manufacturers have worked together to create a generic tool catalog format that helps link cutting tool information with applications supporting data-driven manufacturing.

Also in this issue:

Read the full issue here.

Posted by: Emily Probst 31. December 2015

The 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2015

It’s become a tradition for me, as this blog’s moderator, to look back on the year and see which posts resonated best with our readers. I “geek out” running the reports each year wondering what kind of content is going to come out on top. Did you like our posts about additive manufacturing best, or maybe you were really interested in automation? What kinds of content did you prefer? Long-winded, in-depth looks at new technology, brief pieces of news or lighthearted viral-types of shares?

Well, the numbers are now in. Here are the top 10 most popular posts from 2015:

10. Workholding That's on Point

9. Video: Vertical Machining Centers at Taylor Guitars

8. How to Succeed in a Machining Career

7. Shops Differ on Cellphone Policies

6.  What’s It Like to Work in a Machine Shop Underground?

5. Video: C-Axis Interpolation for Turning on a Machining Center

4. Video: Machining API Groove with “Spirograph” Tool Path

3. My Take on Titan 

2. Video: In-House Manufacturing of the Machined Direct Drive Drum Pedal

1. ID Broaching a Blind Hole in 304 Stainless

Aside from realizing that our readers appreciate a well-produced, informative video, I learned that there isn’t a particular technology that stood out as a clear trend this past year. I was a bit perplexed by this at first. How could there NOT be a technology trend on our blog? But then I thought of the big picture: Obviously, there are big trends in manufacturing right now—the Industrial Internet of Things, additive manufacturing and automation, to name just a few—but Modern Machine Shop covers more than just the trends. We cover a wide variety of day-to-day manufacturing topics that we hope you find useful and informative. Our hope is to continue bringing you this type of information in the upcoming year.

For more year-end blog recaps, see 2014 and 2013.

Happy New Year! 

Posted by: Emily Probst 22. December 2015

CNC Training Making Headway in Florida

We hear the complaint time and time again: There’s a shortage of skilled labor in the United States. So what are we doing about it? One solution that has been getting results in Florida is the 80 to Work Program from Longwood-based Machine Training Solutions (MTS). This intensive virtual reality training program helped Hoerbiger Corp. of America have new employees on its shop floor moving on with the next phase of their training in two weeks. Read more here.

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