Matt Danford Senior Editor

Matt joined the MMS team in 2006 after graduating from Ohio University (Bobcats, not Buckeyes!) with a B.S. degree in Journalism. Since then, MMS's senior editor has been traveling the country (and the world) to see manufacturing technology in action and to learn as much as possible from those who design and use it. With experience ranging from managing case study and industry news sections to feature writing and editing to event coverage, photography and engaging on social media, Matt is eager for any opportunity to spread wisdom that can help North American manufacturers succeed.

In 2019, Matt began writing a monthly column covering topics related to data-driven manufacturing. Other topics of particular interest include shop management, cutting tools, and moldmaking.

 

Oil & Gas

Continuous Improvement Requires Continuous Effort

By: Matt Danford

So-called “busywork” hones natural instincts for reform as a specialist CNC machine shop adapts a more formalized methodology.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Manufacturing E-Commerce Expands with Expectations

By: Matt Danford

Whether by automating on their own terms or joining a vetted network, manufacturers are responding to demand for easy online part ordering.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

"Soft" Automation is Long Overdue

By: Matt Danford

Digitalizing and systemizing the clerical work of quoting and quality control is more achievable and more urgent than ever.   
#datamatters

Milling Tools

Why Binderless CBN Inserts Turn Titanium Faster

By: Matt Danford

A new formulation of cubic boron nitride could provide a more solid alternative to cemented carbide as finish-machining becomes more demanding. 

Can Nanotechnology Redefine Metalworking Fluid?

By: Matt Danford

Tiny onions provide a maintenance-reducing alternative to hazardous chemicals for cooling and lubricating parts.
#metalworkingfluids

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Digital "Fingerprints" Put Twins in Perspective

By: Matt Danford

Unique identifiers keep the digital thread intact through design, production and quality control.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Wires Make the World Wireless

By: Matt Danford

Leveraging 5G requires infrastructure grounded in physical wiring and thinking grounded in practical application.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

5G: From the Cloud to the Machine Tool Workzone

By: Matt Danford

Fifth-generation wireless communications standards demonstrate the potential for process control at all levels of a CNC machining business.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Simulation Gets Real

By: Matt Danford

Capability to generate something close to a true digital twin can significantly improve confidence in CAM program prove-outs.
#datamatters

Shop Management Software

Digitalized Job Shop Scales Up

By: Matt Danford

New software sparks new thinking about meeting quality certification requirements without stifling growth.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

5 Best Practices for Manufacturing Cybersecurity

By: Matt Danford

A Department of Defense (DoD) push to protect data by vetting suppliers more thoroughly illuminates how any CNC machining business can improve. 
#datamatters

Machine Shop Scale-Up Mirrors Past Success

By: Matt Danford

An aerospace manufacturer doubles down on a subset of work and a knack for turning shopfloor problem solving into marketable new products.
#topshops