Peter Zelinski

Peter Zelinski Editor-in-Chief

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.

Automation

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.

Turning 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.