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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Vericut Critical to Multi Axis Production – Mackay Manufacturing

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MacKay Manufacturing started back in the late 40’s under different owners and a different name. They were a small mom and pop shop servicing the local industries in North Eastern…

New Fadals boost production, accuracy, and repeatability – Martindale Manufacturing

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Tony Martindale has been in manufacturing his whole life. After college he worked at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, Ca. NUMMI was the joint venture between Toyota and GM, after…

Fast – Clean – Precise – Roncelli Plastics

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Roncelli Plastics is headed into their 50th year of business, and even after 30+ years with the company CEO Riley Cole is still blown away by the parts and processes….

DEK//Large precision prototype manufacturer Tapemation Machining, Inc., saves time and gains accuracy with Surfcam Traditional

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Maintaining tight tolerances on large precision parts is no easy feat, which is one of several reasons that manufacturers shy away from projects of the massive variety. Such is not…


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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  SUDBURY, MA, U.S.A.  (May 12, 2018)  – Methods Machine Tools, Inc. (, a leading supplier of innovative precision machine tools, 3D printing technology, automation and accessories, today announced it…

LA/NTMA Annual Golf Tournament

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Los Angeles, CA –  The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association will hold their Annual Golf Fundraiser April 19th at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, California. …

Executive Hotline

Northrop Grumman Gets $172.7M U.S. Air Force Contract

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The U.S. Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a $172.7 million contract for its Battlefield Airborne Communications Node, known as BACN for short. BACN is a communications relay flown aboard…

Kratos Picks up $23M Deal to Produce High-Performance Drone System

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Kratos Defense and Security Solutions Inc. received a $23 million production award for a new, high-performance, jet-powered unmanned aircraft system that has been under development. Kratos did not name its…