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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It’s 10:09 Somewhere – WEISS WATCH COMPANY

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Cameron and Whitney Weiss began assembly and finishing of the first Weiss timepieces in 2013 from inside their LA apartment. In June 2013 they debuted 10 of their Standard Issue…

Family precision for 35 years – Swiss Productions Inc.

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On the outside Swiss Productions Inc. is a highly skilled, high precision screw machine shop producing more than 3.5 million parts a month. Inside, their core strength comes from being…

Right on target with upgraded machines and intuitive workholdings – Arrow Machine Industries Inc.

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Arrow Machine Industries Inc. is a family owned manufacturing center in El Cajon, Ca. They made a name for themselves in underwater camera and Sonar housings. Today, they have a…


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Eric Sun is the owner and president of Orange Vise Company in Placentia, Ca. After graduating college in 2005 with a computer science degree, he worked in several machine shops,…


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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Ganesh Machinery Adds Experienced Team Members

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Ganesh Machinery has added new team members to fill key positions. Rick Golner joined the Ganesh Machinery sales team as a regional technical sales manager, and will be serving customers…

Partnership Brings Power Chucks to U.S. Market

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Global Tooling Solutions LLC has announced a new strategic partnership with Autogrip Machinery Co. Autogrip and Global Tooling Solutions’ advanced engineering capabilities can handle customers’ standard, custom or special workholding…

Executive Hotline

Orbital Acquisition Would Be a Big Addition to Northrop’s San Diego Assets

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Northrop Grumman Corp. stands to gain an even higher profile in San Diego if the company completes its $9.2 billion acquisition of Orbital ATK. Orbital ATK operates the former Composite…

Order for Two 747-8 Freighters and Four 777-300ERs

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Boeing and Qatar Airways announced an order for two 747-8 Freighters and four 777-300ERs (Extended Range), valued at $2.16 billion at list prices. The orders were previously unidentified on Boeing’s…