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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Job Shop is Changing Lives Through Social Enterprise – Rise Up Industries

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Santee, California based Rise Up Industries Inc. is not your typical job shop. They have 3000’ sq.ft. of manufacturing with Haas mills, Haas lathes, and a staff of about 8…

Toxic Perfection is a Character Asset – Ogle Watch Co.

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Los Angeles watch maker Josh Ogle knows his strengths and his weaknesses. Depending on the day, pride can be considered either or both. Over the last 25 years Josh has…

Quality is number one at FUTEK – FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology Inc.

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FUTEK designs and manufactures sensors for industry. Every industry you can think of is probably using their sensors, but their recent focus has been in medical and aerospace. “A lot…

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…


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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Prima Power Laserdyne Names Operations Manager

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Prima Power Laserdyne, LLC announced the promotion of Dr. Aaron Montello to the position of operations manager. In announcing the promotion, Terry L. VanderWert, president, stated that Dr. Montello will…

HEIDENHAIN’s New General Catalog

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From “Fundamentals and Processes” in HEIDENHAIN’s state-of-the-art development of precision measurement components to an overview of the current HEIDENHAIN-brand product program, the new general catalog from HEIDENHAIN is a solid…

Executive Hotline

GA Acquires Assets of Colorado-based Co. Specializing in Small Satellites

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  General Atomics has acquired the majority of the assets of Englewood, Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC, a company specializing in the design, manufacture, launch and operation of small…

Boeing, Avolon Finalize Deal for 75 737 MAX Airplanes

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Boeing and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, on November 19 finalized an order for 75 737 MAX airplanes. The confirmed order is for 55 MAX 8s and 20 MAX…