Barbara Schulz European Correspondent

Based in Germany, Barbara Schulz is the European Correspondent for various Gardner Business Media metalworking group brands, including Modern Machine Shop, Additive Manufacturing, Production Machining and Moldmaking Technology. After completing her studies in linguistics and mechanical engineering in 2005, Barbara started covering the manufacturing industry as an editor with a leading German industrial magazine. Two years later, she became editor-in-chief of an Australian manufacturing magazine, which was published by a national manufacturing association. This association enabled her to network with Australia's top players in metal manufacturing as well as small- to medium-size manufacturing businesses. She returned to Germany in 2013 as editor-in-chief of a prominent European moldmaking magazine. Joining Gardner in 2017, her role is to present perspective relative to European machining trends, technology and tactics to our readers.

German Precision Tool Industry Projects Decline in Consumption

By: Barbara Schulz

The economic impact of the coronavirus is predicted to draw a negative effect on Germany’s precision tools industry in 2020.
#covid-19

Orderfox Platform Now Free of Charge

By: Barbara Schulz

As companies across all industry supply chains are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Orderfox offers its digital marketplace for the CNC industry free of charge.
#covid-19

CNC & Mach Controls

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits

By: Derek Korn

Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Automation

A Shop Where a Machine Loads Itself

By: Barbara Schulz

Instead of investing in an external robotic loading system, this shop adopted technology that lets a machine tool load parts on its own.

Grinding

Studer Expands Universal Cylindrical Grinder Series

By: Barbara Schulz

Studer introduces new features to its external universal cylindrical grinding machines S33 and S31, which now provide additional distances between centers.

Morris Group and Soraluce Announce Distribution Agreement

By: Barbara Schulz

Morris Group Inc. has signed an agreement with Soraluce for exclusive rights to distribute the company’s product line throughout the United States. 

Automation

Small Shop Sees Big Gains from Right-Sized Automation

By: Barbara Schulz

A three-person German machine shop applies quick-change workholding and flexible robotic automation to succeed in a high-mix/low-volume production environment.

Turning Machines

Out-Of-Round Turning of Polygon Couplings

By: Barbara Schulz

Out-of-round turning is an efficient alternative to profile milling and grinding for polygon couplings that could replace traditional spline and shrink-fit connections in automotive transmissions. 

Automotive

AMB 2018 Highlights E-Mobility and Lightweight Construction

By: Barbara Schulz

More than 91,000 attendees gathered at the AMB trade show in Germany to visit 1,553 exhibitors and talk about the impact of e-mobility, Industry 4.0 and other relevant topics.

Stream Finishing Confines Friction to the Racetrack

By: Barbara Schulz

To improve component finish as well as engine and gearbox performance for its customers, this racing motorcycle rebuild company based in the UK has gears and other components treated with a super-finishing process common to jewelry and aerospace applications.
#gearproduction

XXL Machines Shine in New, Modern Design

By: Barbara Schulz

DMG MORI’s two XXL machines, the DMU 200 gantry and DMU 340 gantry, are pulling the crowds at its booth, not just due to their large size and five-axis simultaneous machining capabilities, but also because of the new stealth design.

Take the Bull by the Horns

By: Barbara Schulz

Visitors to Hermle’s booth will find the company’s newest machine model, the C 650 five-axis machining center, machining a bull that is sure to catch the eye of many show attendees.