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.

 

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

Five-Axis Machining Centers

Standardization Leans the Way to High-Mix Automation

By: Matt Danford

An increasingly digitalized, lean manufacturing process begins with a common selection of cutting tools and five-axis machining fixtures.  
#leanmanufacturing #topshops

Data-Driven Manufacturing

All Top Shops Are Winners

By: Matt Danford

Standing out in one category is not enough to earn a spot among the highest-performing CNC machining businesses.
#datamatters #topshops

When Machining Lights Out Leaves Nothing Out

By: Matt Danford

A Top Shops honors program winner strives to ensure every part crosses paths with a robot, cobot or pallet changer.
#topshops

Benchmarking Becomes a Call to Action

By: Matt Danford

A means of measuring performance evolves into a tool for catalyzing change as Modern Machine Shop’s Top Shops program matures.
#topshops

Top-Tier Culture Keeps Top Shop Staffed

By: Matt Danford

Interpersonal harmony, personal accountability, peace of mind, and an inner drive to improve help this shop compete in a tight market for CNC machining talent.
#topshops

An Introduction to Modern Machine Shop's Top Shops Program

By: Matt Danford

Presented by Gardner Intelligence, an annual benchmarking program helps CNC machining businesses specifically evaluate and improve performance.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Machine Monitoring Circles Back to Basics

By: Matt Danford

Deeper insights from more varied data are no replacement for manufacturing fundamentals. 
#datamatters

Turn/Mill Machines

Tsugami Enhances B-Axis Swiss-Type Lathe with Larger Linear Guides

By: Matt Danford

IMTS Spark: Tsugami/Rem Sales announces enhancements to the Tsugami SS327-III-5AX, a 32-mm, B-Axis, chucker-convertible Swiss-type CNC lathe.
#imts

Measurement

Mitutoyo MiScan Measures Micro-Forms

By: Matt Danford

IMTS Spark: Mitutoyo America’s MiScan offers vision and coordinate measuring capabilities, including a micro-form scanning probe, the MPP-Nano.
#imts

Sugino's Cavitation Waterjet Process Offers Shot Peening Alternative

By: Matt Danford

IMTS Spark: Sugino debuts its new cavitation watejet peening technology.
#imts

Workholding

Hainbuch Modular Workholding System Offers Two-Jaw Module for Square Shapes

By: Matt Danford

IMTS Spark: Hainbuch’s modular workholding system, which consists of chuck and jaw modules, now features a two-jaw module for holding square parts.
#imts