Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Does Your Machine Shop Need a Human Resources Professional?

By: Peter Zelinski

Straton Industries employs a full-time HR person as part of its staff of 78. The owner now realizes the shop could have benefited from this help even when the staff was much smaller. Companies overlook the value and importance of this role.
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Vertical Machining Centers

Why Was CNC Machining on Display at the Biggest Show for Additive Manufacturing?

By: Peter Zelinski

Machining is a complement to AM as a means of finishing metal 3D printed parts. The increasing adoption of AM for production means more need for postprocessing, particularly machining.

Cutting Tools

How AM Is Advancing into Cutting Tools: Photos from EMO

By: Peter Zelinski

The design freedom of additive manufacturing delivers increased performance to cutting tools. At the world’s leading exposition for machine tools, I saw various examples of this.

What Machining Facility Should MMS Write About Next? Maybe Yours

By: Peter Zelinski

The articles we develop often start with a manufacturing leader letting us know about the special way their shop is advancing or succeeding.
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Workholding

Temperature-Activated Adhesive Overcomes Limits of Magnetic and Vacuum Workholding

By: Peter Zelinski

This new chemistry-based solution for five-sided machining allows for a diversity of metals and other workpiece materials to be used along with aggressive cutting forces.

Additive

Can This Metal 3D Printing System Make Production Additive Manufacturing Common in Machine Shops?

By: Peter Zelinski

A new metal AM system for batches of end-use parts was designed to permit productivity and machine pricing comparable to a CNC machine tool.

Automation

Video: How to Succeed at Lights-Out Machining — Findings from Top Shops Data

By: Peter Zelinski

Differences in machine shops’ profit margins suggest the value of improvement methodology, unattended machining and machine tool monitoring, as well as the effective combination of all three of these.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

5 Impressions of EMO 2019, from Automated to Autonomous Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

The robot show? Not quite that. But automation and the expectation of processes that can run unattended if needed are clearly core to manufacturing now.
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CNC & Mach Controls

Increasing Employee Output Through Automation: Here is What We Found in 7 Recent Shop Visits

By: Derek Korn

Modern Machine Shop editors routinely visit machining facilities to report on shops that are succeeding. Here is what our editors found on seven recent shop visits, all related to using labor more efficiently.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Merging Advances: Lights-Out Machining Combines Automation and Focused Process Improvement

By: Peter Zelinski

One of the most significant developments in machining right now is easy to miss because it is the union of two different advances coming together.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

10 Takeaways on How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Will Influence CNC Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

The Consortium for Self-Aware Machining and Metrology held a promising first meeting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte. Here are my impressions.
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Additive

Are Machine Shops Doing More Plastic Parts Production Due to 3D Printing?

By: Peter Zelinski

That is the suggestion of a survey finding. Facilities we associate with metalworking are using additive manufacturing for production of plastic parts.