STAMPING Journal – Editorial Mission / Editor Biography
Expertise to help metal stampers form their future
As it has for centuries, the enduring stamping industry has steeled itself to survive and thrive in tumultuous times and in prosperous
times. This unique amalgam of 21st-century technology and old-world traditions is the backbone of the automotive and transportation, appliance, electronics, medical, aerospace, and construction segments.
STAMPING Journal is the only North American publication stampers can turn to for coverage devoted exclusively to them. Each issue
fully explores the components forming the industry—tool and die, press, coil processing, and material handling technologies.
STAMPING Journal strives to continually evolve to meet the needs of its readers. To do so, we proactively seek their input, asking
questions such as: What technology problems are you facing? What kind of help do you need? What issues are you grappling with?
Then we draw from industry experts, researchers, problem-solving industry insiders, and successful shops to find and deliver that
information right to their shop floors and front offices.
That information manifests itself as case studies, Q&A‘s, and multisource and technical “how-to” articles; columns written by
well-respected industry icons; product and industry news segments; and topical editorials.
What’s New for 2009?
The STAMPING Journal staff will continue to engage our readers by tackling topical issues—this year on green energy, material prices,
We’ll focus on industry segments with promising opportunities and profit returns—medical instrumentation, energy, mass transit,
and heavy machinery.
Prompted by the favorable response to the 2008 Training Issue, we’ll be embedding a brief Training Primer segment in most articles
in every issue that will comprise glossary terms and a basic overview of the technology covered.
An automotive supplement comprising comprehensive coverage of the industry segment that powers and mobilizes North American
stamping will have expanded distribution in Canada.
STAMPING Journal’s Mission
SJ’s mission is to fortify its subscribers—stamping shops and end-product OEMs, 34,000 strong—by providing them with the gray
matter they need to transform gray (and copper) metal into gold.
Editor - STAMPING Journal
Kate Bachman took over the helm of STAMPING Journal® after having been a senior associate editor
and editor of The FABRICATOR for five years.
She is responsible for the overall editorial content, quality, and direction for STAMPING Journal. In
that role, she edits and writes technical, case study, and trends feature articles; pens a monthly
commentary; and composes and manages regular departments in the magazine. Kate also works
with columnists Art Hedrick, Tom Vacca, Taylan Altan, and Bernard Swiecki to tap their expertise and
relay helpful information intended to resolve readers’ challenges with die, shop floor, R&D, and
Previously Kate covered stamping topics such as press technology, coil processing, in-die processes,
dies and die handling, deep drawing, and blanking in her position as an editor with The FABRICATOR. Her first glimpse at
the stamping industry was in 1993 while covering the manufacture of metal stamped toys at Nylint Toys.
Kate has more than 10 years of experience as a writer/editor in the manufacturing and other industries.