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MAY 2018

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A C O L L E C T I O N O F P R O D U C T S F R O M O U R P A R T N E R S Jedd Cole Associate Editor, Modern Machine Shop 6915 Valley Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45244 PH: 513.527.8800 FX: 513.527.8801 CEO Rick Kline Sr. Director of Custom Content Tom Beard Chief Data Officer Steve Kline Jr. President Rick Kline Jr. Group Publisher Travis Egan Director of Strategic Engagement Dave Necessary Chief Marketing Officer Melissa Kline Skavlem Treasurer Ernie Brubaker Director of Editorial Operations Kate Hand How Techspex Fits with Modern Machine Shop Looking back on an insight from Nick Bloom about how to achieve a richer, more effective research experience. Modern Machine Shop is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. But Techspex is by no means a whippersnapper. Did you know Techspex is over 20 years old? Nick Bloom started the platform in 1996 as an online database of machine tool specifications enabling users to search by specific parameters and compare machine specs within or across brands. A former machine tool salesperson himself, Mr. Bloom often published his insights and takes about the latest machine tool technology on the Techspex blog. In one post, he reflected on the place of machine tool specifications in the process of coming to understand a piece of equipment. Mr. Bloom saw Techspex as the first step in the process of looking for and buying a new machine. "We don't say that because we're boasting," he writes. "Rather, Techspex is a research tool that's best used at the very beginning of a machine tool buying project." Mr. Bloom compares Techspex to a sort of menu. That said, Mr. Bloom writes that other resources are needed to help make the best decision. For him, Modern Machine Shop was a natural second or third place to look when considering the purchase of a machine tool. "Beyond the specs is the story of machining processes, implementation, engineering, performance and all the ramifications of making parts," he writes. "Digging deeper, by reading the story behind the machines, may provide insight that suggests or eliminates one machine compared to others." Sure, he says, the magazine is a great resource at all times, but in the market for a new machine, it might provide the opportunity to "read between the lines to find out what model specifications can't and won't tell you." One way to go about this is by using the "Related Content" sidebar on any machine page or company showroom page in Techspex. For a more robust search, mmsonline.com enables users to search content by product release, blog post, article or case study. As Mr. Bloom puts it, "When used together, these resources provide a deeper, richer, more useful research experience."

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