Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

Die/Mold

Die Maker Describes Five-Day Build for Tool Urgently Needed for Coronavirus Ventilator Production

By: Peter Zelinski

Running 11 five-axis machines simultaneously, a die maker reduced a five week lead time to just five days. Here’s how. 
#covid-19

Die/Mold

One Auto Parts Supplier's Shift to Ventilators: Now Making 1000s of Parts per Week on Die Delivered in Days

By: Peter Zelinski

GM applying its supply chain expertise to enable successes such as aiding this ventilator maker to expand sourcing for 700 parts.
#covid-19

Measurement

Traceability Without Serial Numbers: Vision Technology Makes Every Part Its Own Identifier

By: Peter Zelinski

Off-the-shelf imaging technology is now so good it can pick up the distinct surface features of seemingly identical parts. This startup company’s technology leverages what cell phones and other imaging devices can now do, identifying parts by their own unique features so that no serial number is needed.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

Video: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on Manufacturing and Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

The machine tool monitoring that many CNC machining facilities are doing today could be a first step toward their use of machine learning. In this conversation, MMS’s “Data Matters” columnist Matt Danford speculates on the coming role of AI for refining machining processes.  

Turn/Mill Machines

Acquire to Hire: This New York Manufacturer Sees Buying Shops as the Best Way to Add Staff

By: Peter Zelinski

Designatronics’ CEO says, “We can access a few million dollars more business” with each skilled machining employee who can perform complex setups and other sophisticated work from day one.
#workforcedevelopment #zaxis

Die/Mold

Because of the Tariff on Mold Tooling, This Indiana Mold Shop’s Business is Now Booming

By: Peter Zelinski

U.S. molders are now buying their tooling from U.S. mold builders. Precise Tooling Solutions illustrates this, and its owner makes the case for why the tariff matters.
#zaxis

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.
#workforcedevelopment #zaxis

Additive

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.

Turning 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.
#zaxis

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.