Did You Make It?
Barring a cataclysmic, Y2K-related-end-of-the-world event, you're probably reading this column right where you normally do: in the shop. And, since you're reading this column—just maybe—your computer still works.
Well I'll be darned.
Since it looks like none of us are going anywhere for a while, we've decided to give MODERN MACHINE SHOP ONLINE and MMS' On The Web an overhaul. Here in OTW, there's a new format for easier reading and surfing. Bulleted items with more URLs will get you in touch with machine tool info on the Web more efficiently. And you can also subscribe to receive this column and updates via e-mail right here.
Job Shop Site Of The Month
Each month in OTW, we will present a job shop's or plant's Web site that we feel exhibits unique features that may inspire other shops in their online endeavors. To have your shop's site considered, send your site's URL to firstname.lastname@example.org with OTW Site Of The Month in the subject line. The staff of MMS will select the site each month based on their interpretation. No phone calls, please. Now, let's have 'em.
One of the most common questions we get goes something like: "Where can I get a manual for my old (fill in the blank) lathe/mill/center?" Well, check out www.machinerybrochures.com, where you'll find a bunch of old, out of print, or hard-to-find machinery manuals available for purchase. The selection is decent, the interface is good, and they accept payment online. This site and many other metalworking-related sites are available to you at www.mmsonline.com/links. Pay a visit, and let us know of any sites you'd like to see added.
What better way to start a New Year than for MMS to add over 100 of the newest, best metalworking product releases to our Equipment Review repository. Come in and search or browse through one year's worth of the latest machine tool technologies for your shop or plant.
Cut Ups & Hold Ups
The latest issue of MMS presents Cutting Tools and Workholding as our Emphasis and Tech Digest, respectively. They represent the latest technologies those disciplines offer. For continuous coverage of these topics, check out our Cutting Tools Zone and Workholding & Work Handling Zone.
Up Next Month: In February '00, MODERN MACHINE SHOP will feature Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) as its Emphasis, and CAD/CAM as its Spotlight topic. Also, the upcoming Tech Digest will focus on Cutting Tools.