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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Recent Articles

Peterson Machining – Decades Of Quality On The Front Range

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Todd Peterson came to Colorado with a degree in tool and die design and a dream of being a climbing bum for as long as the money held out. Thankfully,…

Q-Plus Labs – How Far Measurement Has Come

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Q-PLUS Labs sets the bar in dimensional metrology. They measure the bar, provide a full report on the bar, and raise the bar. Mike Knicker, president and founder of Q-PLUS…

Cal Poly Pomona – Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering – Job Ready On Day One

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The Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering program at Cal Poly Pomona supports 600 total students in two undergraduate and two master’s degrees. They train and educate students to become first day…

Swiss job shop finds advantage with Microconic System – SUPERIOR MACHINED PRODUCTS

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Titans of industry and motivation speakers alike all tout the power of building sustainable relationships in business. Nowhere is that connection more pronounced and beneficial than at Superior Machined Products…

End of an ERA at CNC-West

I bet you read the headline and thought maybe we are closing shop. Sorry but far from it. 2019 was excellent for our print publication and early indications are that 2020 will be too. The headline was about Charlene Strawbridge. Charlene has been with us for over 30 years. She answers the phone, keeps up the mail list and pretty much keeps me in line. I can procrastinate if left to my own devises but over the years Charlene makes sure I return calls, mail out things I am supposed to and rights my ship if it goes off course.

Charlene is a friend of the family who said she would help us out in a pinch over30 years ago. She was 50 years old and retired. We had a girl quit after a week and asked Charlene if she could help out until we found someone. Since we were a mile from her house and were pretty flexible with her hours she said OK.

Over 30 years later Charlene is still here but winding down. And instead of a mile away we are 16 miles away. And in that horrible southern California traffic it can take Charlene an hour and fifteen minutes to get to work. Usually the drive going home is twenty minutes but I think Charlene has earned the right not to fight that traffic anymore. She was not only a co-worker but a friend and almost like family. She will be missed.

This issue has some interesting stories in it beginning on page 22. Our editor Sean Buur ventured out to Colorado to visit Peterson Machining. The shop recently celebrated 30 years and they have been able to last this long buying quality products and having an excellent QC department lead by their LK Metrology CMM. I am sure you will find the story behind this shop fun to read.

Many people in this industry worry about the future and who will replace our aging workforce. A college in California, Cal Poly Pomona is doing it’s part to insure they send qualified people into manufacturing engineering. They have a very successful program and are certainly doing their part.

Our last feature story is about a shop in California that is hard to measure up to. Q-Plus Labs utilizes the best equipment to measure some of the most unique things you will ever read about. From Eddie Van Halen’s guitar to a church in Hawaii to Shelby Cobra parts, Q-Plus delivers. This company that does 80% service and 20% product sales makes for an interesting read.

We have other articles about Live Tooling, Mazak Discovery Days and Zeiss software. Also after a couple of issues off, Tim Paul returns with his unique perspective on CAD/CAM/CNC.

We at CNC WEST know we are fortunate to have the means to provide these articles to our readers and that we are still going strong after all of these years. I would like to wish all of our readers the happiest of holidays and a great New Year. Thank you for reading CNC WEST.

Sincerely,
Shawn Arnold

Publisher

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INDUSTRY NEWS

Methods Machine Tools AnnouncesPartnership With OKK Corporation

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Methods Machine Tools, Inc., announced that effective October 1, 2019 it is representing OKK Corporation in North America. For over 100 years, customers worldwide have relied on OKK horizontal, vertical,…

Mitutoyo America Corporation Announces Sponsorship With Titans of CNC

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Mitutoyo America Corporation announced a sponsorship agreement with Titans of CNC, a free project-based education platform that helps guide students and teachers on CNC machine operation and programming. The Academy…

Executive Hotline

Haas Buys Land in Henderson, Nevada

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According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Haas Automation has completed a big land purchase in Henderson, with plans to develop a manufacturing plant and other buildings. Haas Automation founder…

Northrop Grumman Partners with San Diego Colleges to Prime Talent Pipeline

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Aerospace and defense giant Northrop Grumman is partnering with two San Diego community colleges to develop programs for future talent. The company is partnering with MiraCosta College and Palomar College,…