CNC West
The Magazine for Western Metalworking Manufacturing

An Arnold Publication - Serving the Western Metalworking Industry Since 1981

CNC WEST is a west coast metalworking print magazine devoted to machinist and metalworking decision makers in machine shops and job shops on the west coast. The magazine features articles on cnc machining, machine shops and the west coast metal working industry. Please enjoy this months issue below and if you would like to read previous issues you may do so by clicking here.

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ADAPT AUTOMATION – Manually Automating Since 1971

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“It’s a funny thing,” describes Tim Van Mechelen, president of Adapt Automation Inc. “Forty years we made advanced automation systems for factories all over the world using only manual machines….

PREMIER WATERJET – Small Company Provides Big Results

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Mark Yamamoto has a degree in electronics, but in 2008 he found himself in need of a waterjet. Almost ten years later he has added an Okuma 3-axis mill to…

BD CUSTOM – A Job Shop of Uncustomary Quality

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As Brian Evanson enthusiastically explains the finer details of a recent job order, it’s clear that the career manufacturer has chosen the right line of work. As a lifetime resident…

Vertical Integration and 5 Axis Machining Make Anaheim Precision Manufacturing a One Stop Shop

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Anthony Puccio founded Anaheim Precision Manufacturing 35 years ago as a sheet metal and fabrication shop. Today, they are a fully integrated solutions manufacturer  servicing high tech aerospace and commercial…


The Phone is Still a Valuable Tool

As we humans become more technology advanced, in some ways we are taking a step back. It seems the art of conversation or people talking to each other is becoming a lost art. You now see kids texting each other even though they are 5 feet away from each other. Also, talking to someone over the phone has become a less and less viable option compared to email when doing business.
I am guilty of emailing someone recently when a phone call would have been so much better. The receiving end of an email can’t tell tone on an email and boy did this go wrong. I am quite confident that if I picked up the phone the outcome would have been entirely different. This person does not know me or does not know that most people say I am one of the easiest going people in the industry. Persistent yes, but easy going none the less. I hope I learned my lesson and will pick up the phone next time I need to discuss something.
In a recent conversation with Matt Tierney, sales manager of DMG MORI southern California he expressed similar problems with email or texting. He feels that sometimes people can get accomplished with a 2- minute phone call what it might take an hour or back and forth texting or emailing. I am sure he is correct.
Speaking of DMG we have an excellent article in this issue from J&F Machine in Cypress, CA. and their shop which is full of DMG MORI machines. Owner Rick Varnum has had the shop in the magazine before but has really upgraded the shop since our last visit. Our cover article is on Anaheim Precision in Anaheim, CA. and how they have upgraded their shop with Kitamura 5-Axis machines to do a lot of Aerospace work. This is a big and really nice shop.
Since this is our Aerospace & Defense issue we were provided an excellent story from Boeing about their new Composite Wing Center in Ev¬erett, Washington. You will be amazed at how big this facility is. And keeping in the Pacific Northwest we have an article about how a shop in Newberg, Oregon owned by an ex Major League Baseball player

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HEIDENHAIN TV Showcases the Latest in Motion Control Advances

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-See Machining Accuracy Video Example- From jet planes to laboratory equipment, today’s life-changing technologies require ultimate accuracy, and now HEIDENHAIN TV on YouTube is available to the public offering over…

Dynatect Opens New West Coast Ball Screw Repair Capability  

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  Dynamic motion and protection company Dynatect recently announced their newest ball screw regional repair facility in Tracy, California (near San Francisco).  This new service at an existing facility leverages…

Executive Hotline

Boeing to Produce High-Tech AirPlane Systems in Oregon

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Work on flap actuation systems for the Next Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 is coming to Boeing Portland, though the company said it won’t add any new jobs. Boeing…

Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication Awarded $17.5M Navy Contract

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The U.S. Navy announced Feb. 9 that it awarded San Diego-based Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication Inc. a $17.5 million contract modification, exercising an option to repair and alter the…