Peter Zelinski

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Cutting Tools

Modulated CNC Turning: How a Reversal in the Tool Path Can Deliver Greater Cutting Speed

By: Peter Zelinski

UNCC researchers introduce modulation into the tool path. Chip breaking was the goal, but higher metal removal rate is an intriguing secondary effect.

Additive

The Additive Manufacturing Conference in Austin Emphasizes Production. Join Me.

By: Peter Zelinski

Additive manufacturing both competes with and complements conventional processes. AM’s increasing viability for scale production is reflected in our plans for the AM Conference.
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Automation

Can Vision and Artificial Intelligence Make Every Robot Collaborative?

By: Peter Zelinski

That is the aim of this Boston-area startup. Last year, it came to market with technology to make even fast and powerful industrial robots safe to approach. The technology promises to eliminate the need for guarding around them — safety measures that might not be as safe as you think.
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Aerospace

Center of Excellence Is New Twist on Old Manufacturing Department Structure

By: Peter Zelinski

The new Spirit AeroSystems facility for five-axis machining allows a small team to oversee a significant amount of machining capability. Is this the way of the future as machining systems become more automated?
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Five-Axis Machining Centers

3 Mindset Changes for Lights-Out CNC Machining

By: Peter Zelinski

Expanding capacity into the unattended hours calls for counterintuitive new ways of thinking about the work.
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Machining Centers

In Lights-Out Machining, Part Loading Is Not the Problem — Here is How This Shop Handles Unloading

By: Peter Zelinski

Correct unloading of the parts affects part quality as well as the capacity of the unattended machining system. Here is more of the experience from our “168” shop.

Five-Axis Machining Centers

Running Unattended at Night Lets Machine Shop Serve New Customers During Day

By: Peter Zelinski

Precision Tool Technologies found capacity for diversification not by adding machines, people or space, but by freeing up time. Running unattended—running so it can machine through all 168 hours in the week—has enabled this shop to use hours when staff is present to deliver work that lands outside its established specialty. To achieve unattended machining, some of the biggest challenges have related to basic details such as chips and coolant.
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Automation

Manufacturing to Meet Tech Community at MT360

By: Peter Zelinski

I will hold onstage conversations with additive manufacturing and collaborative automation leaders as part of the new technology event to premier May 12-14, 2020, in Santa Clara, California.
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The Case for Consistency

By: Peter Zelinski

Why do manufacturers ask their employees to work within defined systems? Here's why consistency matters.
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Cutting Tools

Video: Redesigned Milling Cutter Demonstrates Possibilities of Additive Manufacturing

By: Peter Zelinski

Topology optimization, 3D printing and a material change for this milling cutter resulted in an 80 percent reduction in mass.

Automation

Understanding the Internet of Things

By: Peter Zelinski

Part of the strangeness is this: There is not much to understand! Cheap sensors, fast connectivity, and data storage and applications in the cloud all come together to simplify certain kinds of automation needs. A band saw in the lab at Georgia Tech illustrates how manufacturers might put this to use.

Not Every RFQ Needs Your Attention

By: Peter Zelinski

This shop discovered the most profitable thing it could do with certain RFQs is to prevent them from ever reaching the quoting team.
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