“Time passes, conditions change, the world progresses—and those who are found keeping pace with the new order of things are those who are young enough in mind and spirit to recognize the value of the new and to make themselves a part of it.”
So wrote Howard Campbell, the first editor of this magazine, in its premier June 1928 issue.
Eighty years later, Mr. Campbell’s comment about “keeping pace with the new order of things” is still applicable and relevant. It behooves every shop and plant in the metalworking business to look for and adopt better ways of making things. The founders of this magazine believed that they could promote this effort by publishing articles that described successful implementations of new manufacturing technology.
This effort continues. As proof, articles that focus on current technical developments at work in end-user installations are a mainstay of this latest issue of Modern Machine Shop. (Interestingly, these articles happen to cover applications involving both very small and very large workpieces.) However, we have to keep pace with the new order of things as well.
Here’s how we are going to do this: The magazine is being redesigned to make it easier to find and read articles in the different sections within its pages. Don’t worry—all of the familiar columnists, features and departments will be retained, but the new format will make your reading time more valuable and engaging. These improvements are largely based on what our readers and advertisers say they are looking for.
Likewise, our Web site, MMS Online, is being redesigned. The format of the new homepage will make it easier to start and complete your path to resources about processes, products and providers. A new content management system will organize and structure the wealth of information gathered at MMS Online much more efficiently. We will also add more multimedia content and make the site more interactive.
Both the magazine and the Web site will complement each other with greater effectiveness. I like to say that the paper edition is valuable when you are searching for direction and that our Web site is valuable for directing your search. This integration will be even more compelling with the redesigns.
Implementing these improvements means making a significant investment in new resources, personnel and training. It’s a long-term commitment to the future.
Most of all, we want you to keep pace with us as we establish this new order of things. To borrow the first editor’s words again, doing so will keep all of us young enough in mind and spirit.