Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson


Canadian Metalworking
1154 Warden Avenue
Toronto, ON M1R 0A1
Canada

Joe Thompson has been covering the Canadian manufacturing sector for more than a decade. He is responsible for the day-to-day editorial direction of the magazine, providing a uniquely Canadian look at the world of metal manufacturing.

A graduate of the Sheridan College journalism program, he has published articles worldwide in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, medical, and entertainment.

Management | Blog Posts

Put a Little Control in Your Quality

March 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

A recent trip to Switzerland taught me a lot about quality.Whether it applies to the $25,000 Swiss-made Omega watch I briefly had on my wrist or the high level of service at the region’s hotels and restaurants, the Swiss certainly know a thing or two about quality.But how do they get that way? I...

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Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Going Deep

February 27, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Producing a deep hole with a good finish, accurate diameter, and straightness control is the goal of deep-hole drilling. Hole quality is key to the development of high-quality products.

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Cutting Tools | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Turn to Coatings

February 22, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

As manufacturers begin to machine new materials it pushes cutting tool manufacturers to develop new coatings and new ways to apply coatings to support these demands.

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Management | Blog Posts

Finding Zen One Book at a Time

February 21, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

In his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig describes his 17-day motorcycle ride from Minnesota to California, revealing the many philosophical discussions he had along the way.In some ways the book is an homage to Eugen Herrigel’s Zen in the Art of Archery, which...

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Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

The Die/Mould Dilemma: Milling Graphite

January 26, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Graphite typically is the standard electrode material for most electrical discharge machine (EDM) applications because they enable faster roughing cycle times and cost less than copper electrodes.

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Management | Blog Posts

Appropriation Process Should Never Be Inappropriate

January 23, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

Lewis Carroll, he of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass fame, once wrote that life is but a dream. If he was right, I think I’d like to wake up now.The reason? To paraphrase another famous British author, this time the Bard of Avon himself: This is the winter of my discontent.As...

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The DMG Mori second-generation DMU 210 P allows 5-axis applications with travel distances of up to 2,100 by 2,100 by 1,250 mm.

Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Technology Spotlight: Large 5-axis Machining

January 5, 2017 | By Joe Thompson

No matter if your work is in tool and mould construction, the aerospace industry, or the energy sector, a clear trend in all of these production environments is the creation of highly complex, high-quality workpieces with large dimensions.

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Co-owners Andy Race and Ron Wallace cut the ribbon at Ace Machining’s new,14,500-sq.-ft. Dartmouth, N.S., location. Photo courtesy of Ace Machining.

Management | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Transportation Sector Report

November 1, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

Work in the transportation sector can be quite cyclical.

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Management | Blog Posts

Why It’s the Greatest Generation

November 1, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

It was a rainy summer afternoon in my local branch of the Royal Canadian Legion when the talk, as it is wont to do, turned to history.In between hand after hand of euchre, and surrounded by the ribbons, awards, and photographs of the fallen, we spoke of Normandy, Dieppe, and of North Africa. It was...

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Hard-metal parts require rigid fixturing, especially during roughing operations. Photo courtesy of Mitsui Seiki USA.

Metalworking | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Big and Tall: Large-Part Manufacturing

June 6, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

Large or small, part making has its challenges. But, when parts are large and heavy, simply moving them around the shop becomes a daunting task.The equipment and manpower employed in creating these parts must be chosen correctly and used in a manner that’s the most productive while still...

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Final inspection of complicated parts, such as this
casting, can be performed on a CMM only if other, less
important measuring tasks are moved off the machine. Photo
courtesy of Creaform.

Measurement | Articles | Canadian Metalworking

Eliminate CMM Bottlenecks

May 26, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

For manufacturing companies, quality control and part inspection are key requirements before getting customer approval.To perform these jobs, production managers generally choose a coordinate measuring machine (CMM), which is one of the most common types of metrology equipment used to inspect and...

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Metalworking | Blog Posts | Canadian Metalworking

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

April 6, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

Most of us are not in the forecasting business anymore. That luxury went out the window in 2009 along with orders, jobs, and rainy-day funds. So unless you are a meteorologist, you likely are living in the now.But the process – even the skill – of forecasting still is of importance,...

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Measurement | Blog Posts | Canadian Metalworking

Make Manufacturing Excellence a Goal

March 18, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

The future of manufacturing—like many other industries—is linked to quality. It is the high quality of produced parts and the Canadian workforce that will keep manufacturing strong in this country.Since its founding in 1905, Canadian Metalworking has been observing the metalworking...

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Management | Blog Posts

Do You Pass the Mirror Test?

February 12, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

Psychologists love tests. In their world there are four primary tests: the clinical interview, personality assessment, behavioral assessment, and, of course the classic IQ test. Each is a fundamental of the psychology profession that helps form an understanding of a person’s current mental...

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Canadian Industrial Machinery editor's note

Blog Posts

It’s All in the Numbers

January 5, 2016 | By Joe Thompson

Numbers are funny things. A truly brilliant mathematician or a truly crooked accountant can make them do just about anything. Much like the evolution of the letters we use today, the use of the 10 glyphs (0 through 9) that we use started many centuries ago. Some scholars date the first use of...

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