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Training is one of the most difficult and important activities in any machining facility. In some parts of the country, as the number of skilled machinists dwindles, shops are increasingly facing the challenge of developed skilled employees themselves by training these employees internally.

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Cardinal Manufacturing

Does This School Have the Formula for Manufacturing Education?


A high school in Wisconsin runs its manufacturing vocational program as a business. Students make parts for paying customers. The program is thriving, cash flow is strong, and local manufacturers can now hire recent graduates who already have experience in meeting customer demands.



Improvement Is Not Optional

Improvement Is Not Optional

By: Peter Zelinski
No matter how busy this shop gets, it continues to pull teams of employees out of production so they can focus on solving problems to make incremental process changes. The advances add up. Today, this is a very different shop than it once was.

From Media to Manufacturing

From Media to Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski
Video producers with no previous knowledge of CNC discover the power and possibilities of modern machine tool technology. Their example says something about where manufacturing talent might come from, and also about the importance of manufacturing as a whole.

Model Machine Shop Video: MK Precision

By: Peter Zelinski
This medical contract shop’s video describes its culture of training, as well as its president’s personal connection to the parts the company machines.

Video from the Machine Operator’s Point of View

By: Peter Zelinski
Do safety glasses offer an opportunity for wearable technology? This footage was captured while an operator wore glasses equipped with real-time video streaming.

Shop Glasses Offer Video and Data Capabilities

By: Peter Zelinski
Here are some of the applications a manufacturer sees for real-time video streaming from the machine operator's point of view.


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