Peter Zelinski

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Turn/Mill Machines

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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Additive

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.

CNC & Mach Controls

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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Vertical 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.