Lori Beckman Senior Editor

Lori Beckman has been reporting on, writing and editing content in Production Machining since 2003. She attends IMTS and PMTS regularly, and visits machine shops and OEMs to find the most valuable content for PM readers. She spearheaded the Emerging Leaders annual awards program that she is passionate about. 

Lori is also the parts cleaning editor for this section in Production Machining and Products Finishing magazines, covering the manufacturing parts cleaning segment of the industry. She has attended the parts2clean trade show in Germany, is a member of the board of directors for the new Manufacturing Cleaning Association and is co-chairperson of the Parts Cleaning Conference held yearly.

Lori began her journalism career in 1999 as an associate editor, writing technical articles for two trade publications in the trucking industry. The magazines’ Chicago publishing company was eventually bought by Randall-Reilly. She got her start in manufacturing media working as an editor with Modern Machine Shop, PM’s sister brand.

Lori has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Dayton. She resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two children.

Parts Cleaning Conference Webinar Series Begins Oct. 7

By: Lori Beckman

The 2020 Parts Cleaning Conference educates the industry with a webinar series, offering five presentations from leading manufacturing cleaning companies. Find out how to register.
#partscleaning

How Champions Can Develop a Thriving Workforce

By: Lori Beckman

Having a workforce development champion in your shop is more critical now than ever before. Here are five techniques your champion can apply to attract and retain new talent.

Sometimes No-Quoting RFQs is Essential for Efficiency

By: Lori Beckman

Accepting only RFQs that work toward a company’s goals and learning how to manage those efficiently can build better businesses and customer relationships. 

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Swiss-Type Lathe Helps Medical Shop Achieve Higher Precision

By: Lori Beckman

After a new Swiss-type lathe exceeded company management’s expectations in terms of both performance and efficiency, the lathe is now included in plans for future applications.  
#casestudy

Cleaning Exhibits Emphasize Precision, Automation and Environmental Safety

By: Lori Beckman

Some parts cleaning exhibitors say the biggest trends they are experiencing include more automated equipment, the need for precision cleaning for smaller particle counts than in the past and growing demands for using more green and neutral-based cleaners. 

Labs Teach Students and Educators about Smart Manufacturing Technologies and More

By: Lori Beckman

For educators, classroom-style Learning Labs offer instruction on smart manufacturing technologies and high-end technology, and students can interact with equipment on the show floor’s smaller Learning Labs. 

Redesign Challenge Rocks the Student Summit

By: Lori Beckman

The Air Rocket Challenge is one of many examples of the hands-on activities in which students can “play” creatively, while also using their STEM skills.

Robotics, Smart Manufacturing Engage Students and Educators at Summit

By: Lori Beckman

Every edition of the IMTS Smartforce Student Summit features new and exciting opportunities for students and educators in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and this 11th edition is no exception.
#workforcedevelopment

FIRST Teams’ Display and Competition Launch

By: Lori Beckman

A special display area at the Smartforce Student Summit is designated for students involved in Illinois FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) teams to display their Lego or robot projects and interact with other summit attendees. 

Swiss Family Heule Welcomes Questions and Discussion

By: Lori Beckman

When entering a booth at IMTS with a mission to learn more about a particular technology or ask a specific question, it is always comforting to be greeted by welcoming booth staff who are knowledgeable as well.

Discuss Your Parts Cleaning Needs, Design a Custom Process

By: Lori Beckman

Using an efficient and cost-effective parts cleaning process is a shop necessity, and to help attendees of the show find the best parts processing systems for their needs, the Miraclean team is offering its expertise in the parts cleaning field.

Students Experience the Manufacturing Classroom of the Future

By: Lori Beckman

As the future of our manufacturing workforce, it’s important for students attending the Smartforce Student Summit to understand what technologies they will be working with once they enter the workforce.