An Arnold Publication- Serving the Western Metalworking Industry Since 1981
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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 and if you would like to read previous issues you may do so by clicking here.
JOHNSON PRECISION INC. FROM BAR TO BOX Johnson Precision started out manufacturing tabletop speed lathes in a garage 40 years ago. Paul Johnson, the company’s founder was an exceptional machinist and produced a product far better than his competitors through quality and precision machining. His original design is still in use today in Johnson Precision’s deburring department. Paul might have been a great machinist, but not great at sales and marketing of his product, so eventually it was duplicated. They lost market share for the product, but their ability to produce precision parts led them to a bigger building and into the aerospace industry.
The early 70’s saw Johnson Precision move from being an actual garage shop in Stanton to their first building a small machine shop in an industrial area of Santa Ana, CA. Paul Cronin took over the business in 2005. “I came on board while we were still in the old building. It was overfilled and there was no place for inventory, raw castings, and desks cramped together; it was like walking a maze. Things could only pile up and we needed more room. Bar feeders were limited in use because we lacked the space to run full bars. It really was like being crammed in a garage. We knew if we were going to advance to the next level as a company, we needed a facility with room to grow. We moved here to our 12,000sq.ft. manufacturing facility right before the recession in 2008. It gave us more elbow room and was the first step in us becoming less of a garage shop and more of a process oriented company.” Johnson Precision made the move with 24 employees and now has 32 running two shifts 5 days a week.
SHOP MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE KEEPS COMPANY ON TRACK
The Jamison family has owned and operated Millipart Inc. since 1954. Jim Jamison and Bill Bowers began machining parts with a Logan lathe and drill press in 1/3 of a garage in Ontario, CA. Jim bought out Bill in 1961 as the company really started to take off. Jim’s sons Scot and Hunter joined him in 1969 and 1970. A few years later Jim’s eldest son Terry was coaxed from his engineering job at Garrett to join Millipart. With him came a wealth of experience and technical knowhow. That ushered in a new era of machining for Millipart. Although Terry is semi-retired now he still plays a part in the business as the three brothers head up the company their dad began so long ago. Currently the staff of 39 is composed of multiple family members from multiple families. Fathers and sons, mother and daughter, mothers and son, in-laws, brothers, cousins-you name it and Millipart has it as part of their essential work force.
“We’ve always been involved in aerospace,” tells Scot Jamison, president of Millipart Inc. “Ever since my dad moved away from the hardwood flooring business and into machining it was something we did. We started off by making small camera parts for the aerospace industry and now that has escalated to pistons, shafts, and bushings.” They manufacture mostly in aluminum and stainless, but also have experience with exotics such as Stellite, Nitronic 60 and A286. Customers include several divisions of Parker, Thales, Lockheed Martin, Woodward, Teledyne Controls, and Crissair. Parts range in size from a BB to a melon with softball being about average. The 12,000sq.foot shop is spread between five buildings and houses a mixture of milling and turning.
KING MACHINE, LLC GROWING BUSINESS THROUGH
SATISFACTION AND TECHNOLOGY
King Machine, LLC. has more than 30+ years of manufacturing expertise in the Pacific Northwest. The original owner started King Machine in 1978 and ran it until 2013 when he sold it to a group of local machinists wanting their own company. King Machine had always done aerospace work, but for older airplane programs that were drawing based, like the Boeing 747 and 767. They didn’t have the ability to work effectively with newer, digital only programs designed in CATIA. “The company needed an upgrade in technology and tools to compete on newer airplane programs,” explains vice president and general manager Dale Lyski. “The first thing we did after the sale was complete was invest in technology. We purchased CATIA, VERICUT and a Brown and Sharpe CMM.” For Dale and his partners these were the bare bone necessities needed to compete in the current marketplace. King Machine was an attractive purchase because it already had a Boeing supplier code, ISO certification, and a quality system. This was the foundation needed to grow the company without having the added hassle and expense of starting from scratch. “When we took over on August 6th, 2013 there were 12 people working here with barely enough work to keep them busy. We now have 42 employees on staff and our sales have grown at a similar pace.”
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When I think of April I think of the beginning of baseball season, the opening of trout season in the eastern sierra which I have attended since 1977 and the April/May software & controls issue of CNC WEST.
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