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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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,…


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PROMAX Tools in Rancho Cordova, California, considered the advancement from manual to CNC tool grinding equipment a big deal, until the shop took its most recent major step forward concerning…

SKIMMING SMART AND SAVING – Golden State Engineering

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Golden State Engineering in Paramount, Ca. is a family owned and operated company. They are a fixture in their local community and have been for the last 49 years. Precision…

PNM Co. CNC Machining – Efficient Production is a Wiz

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Since 1976 PNM Co. CNC Machining has called California’s central valley home. As one of Fresno’s leading manufactures, they pride themselves on changing people’s lives with every part they machine….


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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Fives Landis Corp. Opens New Technology Center in U.S.

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Fives Landis Corp will open its new Technology Center in North America, located at its headquarters in Hagerstown, MD near Washington DC. At 6,000 square feet, the new R&D and…

Heimatec Precision Tools Rolls Out New Website

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Heimatec announced the rollout of its new website at new site offers an in-depth look at the company’s extensive lines of standard and machine brand tooling, including the new…

Executive Hotline

Swiss Screws, Nuts & Bolts Manufacturer lands in Phoenix

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Bossard Group — an international company that makes screws, nuts, fasteners and bolts — has taken new real estate space in Phoenix. Bossard is based in Zug, Switzerland. It has…

Faraday Future Inks Deal in Hanford, CA.

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Torrance-based electric car maker Faraday Future has inked a deal on a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Central Valley, the company announced in August. The news comes a month…