Our New Column: The View from My Shop

Owners and leaders of machining facilities offer their perspectives in a new monthly column in MMS.


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In our first issue of 2017, Modern Machine Shop launched a new monthly column called “The View from My Shop.”

The idea for the column is simple. Each month, a different guest columnist involved in leading a machining facility will offer an insight he or she has learned, applied, or come to appreciate in this work. The column will add to the voices in the magazine in the best way we can imagine to do so: by allowing our readers to directly contribute. As a complement to our regular case studies and application articles about machining facilities, the column will provide another outlet for showcasing useful experiences and perspectives from shops.

In the first installment of this column, Udo Jahn, general manager of Modern Engineering in Delta, British Columbia, describes his approach to keeping his shop’s capabilities current in the face of rapidly changing technology.

In the second installment of the column, Anthony Staub, president of Staub Machine Company in Hamburg, New York, describes how his shop succeeds at unattended or “lights out” manufacturing. That second installment will appear in the February issue, but here is your sneak preview.

In each issue, look to this new column to learn how other shop leaders like you see their roles. (Here is where to subscribe or renew your subscription.)

And if you are a machine shop owner, manager or key team member with an idea for a topic you would like to write about for the column, please feel free to contact me.