Derek Korn Editor-in-Chief

Derek Korn was named Production Machining’s Editor-in-Chief in 2020. Prior to that, he spent 16 years writing for Modern Machine Shop magazine and seven years with an industrial public relations company. He says visiting CNC machine shops to write about how they leverage new technology and processes to their advantage is the most enjoyable part of his job. In this role, he gets to help guide the brand as it focuses on helping niche machining businesses — many of which perform high-precision, high-volume CNC turning work — become more efficient operations. His mechanical engineering technology degree from the University of Cincinnati provides a firm foundation for understanding manufacturing technology so that he can explain its benefits to owners and managers of precision machining operations.

 

Turn/Mill Machines

Turn-Mills: Being About the B-Axis

By: Derek Korn

With the addition of powerful B-axis milling spindles and automatic toolchangers, turn-mills combine the best of milling and turning worlds.

Turning Machines

Multitasking Machining Equipment: Now the New Normal

By: Derek Korn

Machine tools that can perform turning, milling and other operations on one platform offer process efficiencies that more and more shops are leveraging to their advantage.

Turn/Mill Machines

Swiss-Types Offer Advantages Beyond Watchmaking

By: Derek Korn

CNC sliding headstock lathes are becoming more popular among traditional machine shops for their multitasking capabilities, some offering B-axis milling spindles.

Additive

Metal Additive Manufacturing: Multitasking’s Latest Trend

By: Derek Korn

Why are an increasing number of machine tool builders adding additive manufacturing to their equipment’s already versatile machining capabilities? Because additive and subtractive are complementary. 

Turning Machines

High-Production Multitasking Becoming More Flexible

By: Derek Korn

Platforms such as multi-spindles and rotary transfer machines remain well-suited for high-volume production but are now more accommodating to smaller batch sizes.

Turn/Mill Machines

Multitasking Machining Equipment: Now the New Normal

By: Derek Korn

Equipment that can turn, mill and more is quickly becoming the standard in metalworking technology. These machines can produce increasingly complex parts in a single setup yet are easier operate than ever before.

CNC & Mach Controls

CNC Machine Shop Reaps Benefits of Hiring an IT Person

By: Derek Korn

A database guru combined off-the-shelf technology with an elaborate proprietary shop management software to drive efficiency throughout all areas of a machine shop.
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