Peter Zelinski

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Machining Centers

Metal AM in a Machine Shop? Ask the Marines

By: Peter Zelinski

A hybrid system combining metal 3D printing with machining gives the Marine Corps perhaps its most effective resource yet for obtaining needed hardware in the field. It also offers an extreme version of the experience a machine shop might have in adding metal AM to its capabilities.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

The Starting Point for Machine Tool Monitoring: Data Analysis Is an Emotional Choice

By: Peter Zelinski

For machine shops, the transformation that data-driven manufacturing promises to bring begins with machine monitoring, and there is a human component to this.
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The Sign on the Wall When I First Met Mark Albert: “When In Doubt, Tell the Truth”

By: Peter Zelinski

Not just writing, but writing with integrity, is the work and the craft to which Mark Albert gave his career.
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Die/Mold

Video: Emotional Intelligence in Action at Westminster Tool

By: Peter Zelinski

A companion to the recent Modern Machine Shop cover story on a moldmaker’s commitment to emotional intelligence, here is a look at the culture change at this shop through the words and perspectives of team members.
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Die/Mold

For This Mold Shop, the Key to Closing the Skills Gap is Emotional Intelligence

By: Peter Zelinski

Thanks to a culture change founded on a commitment to emotional intelligence, this mold supplier solved its skilled labor problem and increased throughput per employee.
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Automation

10 Things to Know About Collaborative Robots

By: Peter Zelinski

Technology advances related to collaborative robots suggest this technology will become more capable and commonplace.

How We Misread Productivity Gains in the Debate About Manufacturing Jobs

By: Peter Zelinski

Manufacturing appears to lead other sectors in productivity growth, but productivity measures pick up factors besides automation. Recognizing this fact changes the terms of part of the public debate.
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Mark Albert: Manufacturing as a Way of Making a Better World

By: Peter Zelinski

In a video conversation with his MMS colleague, Mark Albert looks back on 39 years of reporting on the advance of metalworking technology.

Cutting Tools

Video: Chipbreakers Are Not All the Same—How to Break Chips Effectively

By: Peter Zelinski

Different chipbreakers are engineered for different parameters. Machining footage shows the difference in effectiveness between chipbreakers used in the right and the wrong applications.

Turning Tools

Video: PVD vs. CVD—How to Choose the Right Tool Coating

By: Peter Zelinski

Machining footage of different coatings in both roughing and finishing passes reveals how choosing the right coating can have a dramatic effect on the performance of the process.

Turning Tools

Video: What Can Force Analysis Tell You About Your Machining Process?

By: Peter Zelinski

See cuts and force profiles corresponding to tool failure, built-up edge and a tool that is too positive for the setup.

Automation

10 Ways to Think Differently about Robotic Automation

By: Peter Zelinski

Take another look: A lot is happening in and around robotic automation. What robots might mean for machining and manufacturing is getting ready to change.
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