Peter Zelinski

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Cutting Tools

Understanding Circle-Segment Milling Tools

By: Peter Zelinski

The circle-segment cutter represents a class of milling tool in which the CAM software is key for using the tool effectively. Cutting profiles presented at the proper angles realize cycle-time reductions in contoured workpieces such as molds. A CAM company engineer discusses the role of this tooling.

Data-Driven Manufacturing

MMS Looks Back: 2010s - How Far Will Digital Advances Go?

By: Peter Zelinski

Shops now linking their capabilities into unified systems are taking the first steps on a journey with no known destination. In media, too, we are asking our own version of this question. This story is part of our 90th anniversary series.

Additive

Even My Accurate Predictions Are Wrong

By: Peter Zelinski

The future does not come in a straight line. Multiple factors affect one another and the final outcome. My prediction that machine shops would see more composites is playing out, but I missed an important means by which this would happen.
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Grinding

MMS Looks Back: 1940s - How They Rolled During World War II

By: Peter Zelinski

What has changed in roller bearing manufacturing? The Timken Company and Modern Machine Shop reunite to explore the topic we covered 75 years ago. This story is part of our 90th anniversary series.

An Introduction to Our Collection of Articles Celebrating the Magazine’s 90 Years: MMS Looks Back

By: Peter Zelinski

We consider technologies that have been important through each of our nine decades so far.

10 Reasons Why Machine Shops Vary So Much in Quoted Pricing

By: Peter Zelinski

Many factors explain the potential 10X variation in different shops’ bids for the same machining work.
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Data-Driven Manufacturing

Are Imprecise CAD/CAM Cycle Time Estimates Holding Back Efficiency?

By: Peter Zelinski

A CAM provider with open postprocessor logic sees users employing that openness to realize more reliable predictions of machining time. There are various reasons why tighter estimates are becoming more crucial.

Automation

What Is the Next Big Thing for Your Shop? Three Top Shops Winners Reply

By: Peter Zelinski

All their replies pointed to automation. One also sees additive manufacturing. Watch video from the Top Shops Conference.
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Machining Centers

Like Uber for Machine Tool Service?

By: Peter Zelinski

The Up! app aims to let shops facing urgent service requests find capable and proven independent service providers quickly.

Turning Tools

Iscar Leader Describes Tool Technology for Machine Shops Acting on Data

By: Peter Zelinski

As more sophisticated insight into machining performance reveals opportunities for efficiency gain, the value of tooling choices that save time will become increasingly clear.
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Latest Phase of Outsourcing Favors U.S. Suppliers

By: Peter Zelinski

An expert with a view from both sides of the OEM/supplier divide sees the narrowing of this divide as one of the major positives favoring manufacturing in the United States.
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Collaboration with Other Shops Helps with Finding High-Value Machining Work

By: Peter Zelinski

In a Maryland manufacturing co-op, the allied businesses sell one another’s services and support one another. The co-op even enables direct competitors to cooperate, as described in this video from the Top Shops Conference.
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