Makino Launches Blog

Will cover topics related to EDM machining and EDM technology

Auburn Hills, Michigan – February 2008 – Makino has launched a weblog for all EDM users at The blog will cover topics such as EDM technology, machine design, consumable use, and other topics related to EDM.

“It’s amazing the conversation this format has spawned,” said Jeff Kiszonas, EDM product manager for Makino and the main author of the blog. “We’re seeing many machinists and shop owners come to us, wanting a dialog on this topic. A blog is an effective way to fulfill that need.”

This blog is the second formed by a machine tool company, the first being the HEAT Blog formed by Makino in 2006. This blog will take over for the HEAT blog, though its content will include many topics related to EDM, not just a particular technological advance.

What’s a blog?
A blog is a website where a speaker or speakers discuss topics and entries are displayed in reverse chronological order. In the case of the EDM Blog, Jeff Kiszonas of Makino will post thoughts on EDM technologies, case studies, customer challenges, and other issues related to EDM on the blog every few days. The format also allows outside users to post comments or ask questions, to be responded by Kiszonas or one of Makino’s other applications engineers.

In addition to chronological postings, individual topics of interest will be categorized. These include ways to increase EDM speed, improve surface finish, and many other topics. will become a resource for EDM information and a place for EDM users to post questions, success stories, and interact with Makino’s team of EDM applications engineers.

Why a blog?
“Most people don’t associate internet tools like blogs and webinars with manufacturing,” said Mark Rentschler, Makino’s marketing manager. “Makino has found that machinists, shop owners, and engineers utilize Internet tools daily as sources of new information and ways to discuss their machining challenges.”

Makino’s online seminar program is an example of this trend, and has helped the company improve customer interaction.

“Blogs are simply another way for Makino to put our unmatched team of applications engineers and product specialists in front of EDM users,” added Rentschler.

The blog is hosted at, and is open to the public beginning February 2008. Anyone is welcome to view the content and post comments, questions, and suggest ideas for future posts.

About Makino
A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino provides a wide range of high-precision metal-cutting and EDM machinery, including horizontal machining centers, vertical machining centers, 5-axis machining centers, graphite machining centers, and wire and Ram EDMs. Our flexible automation solutions provide reduced labor costs and increased throughput in a variety of production volumes and designs. With Makino engineering services, we offer industry leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. For more information call 1.800.552.3288, or visit

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