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.

 

Measurement

Is Wireless Data Collection a Cultural Choice?

By: Matt Danford

Untethered digital inspection tools are easier to justify for those who are willing to hold themselves accountable and improve for improvement’s sake.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Cybersecurity Process Maturity Demands a Plan

By: Matt Danford

Plans may fail, but planning has intrinsic value for building sustainable, adaptable data defenses.
#datamatters

Shop Management Software

Cybersecurity Becomes a CNC Machining Prerequisite

By: Matt Danford

Management software and information technology partner services prove their worth amid the rollout of defense industry requirements. 

Machining Centers

Five Traits Define Top Performers in Five-Axis Machining

By: Matt Danford

Benchmarking data reveal how elite manufacturers make the most of more axes of motion.
#topshops

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Probing Feedback Keeps CNC Machining On Track

By: Matt Danford

CNC machine tools that operate like self-contained, automated smart factories can be an introduction or an addition to digital manufacturing workflows.
#datamatters

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Five 3D Printing Trends Mirrored in Machining

By: Matt Danford

The underlying drivers of additive manufacturing’s advance are increasingly easy to spot on increasingly digitalized machine shop floors.
#datamatters

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