Craftsmanship Across the Board
John Knight’s 35-year career in machine controls began while still in high school building relay panels and custom electronic controls for his father. Once he turned 18, he could enter manufacturing facilities and assist with installations. Following high school, he went to work full-time for his father and expanded his skills to include creating electrical drawings and learning Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s). John’s experience with CNC’s started in 1982 when he went to work for Cincinnati Milacron’s Electronic Systems Division. His work was to help embed part program post-processors into Milacron CNC controls. After his time with Cincinnati Milacron, John returned to general automation, applying relays, PLC’s, CNC’s, microprocessors, computer controls, and custom electronics to a variety of equipment. Later John began to specialize in custom CNC applications. His CNC experience includes applications for routers, profilers, vertical machining centers, horizontal lathes, vertical turret lathes, and horizontal boring mills. John currently works at a small controls company near Dayton, Ohio, providing custom CNC applications for both the new and rebuilt machine markets.