An Arnold Publication- Serving the Western Metalworking Industry Since 1981
An Arnold Publication
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.
Current Issue of CNC WEST
CAL-DRAULICS HYDRAULIC PARTS - MACHINED, ASSEMBLED, TESTED.
100% ON TIME - 100% RIGHT
Cal-Draulics has been making hydraulic components for aerospace applications since 1950. In 1992 they were located in Irvine Ca. and purchased by Doug and Jeanette Johnson. Doug is a mechanical engineer with 30 years’ experience in the aerospace and defense industry who thought it “would be fun” to be completely independent. Due to rent increases and the inability to use a mannequin to help in the car pool lane within a year the business was quickly relocated to Corona, Ca. Corona afforded all the advantages of Irvine, but was closer to home, freeway access is plentiful, Ontario airport is right up the road, and they are easy to find. Cal-Draulics has had the same campus now since 1993 and has moved back and forth between two buildings depending on their space requirements. Currently they are operating out of the main 12,000 sq.ft building with a separate testing center in the 6,000 sq.ft. second building. Click Here to read more...
Riggins Engineering Inc.
DELIVERING QUALITY PARTS AND INTEGRITY
For more than fifty years Riggins Engineering Inc. has delivered quality parts and integrity to the aerospace industry. What began in Dewey Riggins’ garage has expanded to 15,000 sq.ft, five buildings, and 38 employees. It has only taken half a century of dedication to get there, and with claims of being too young to retire another fifty more years might be in the cards for Riggins Engineering Inc..
Dewey Riggins spent twenty years working at Adel Precision (now Hydro Aire) heading up the manufacturing engineering department. At the same time he was laying the groundwork for Riggins Engineering Inc. in his Reseda, CA. garage. Tooled with a Bridgeport mill and a couple 11” Logan lathes Dewey’s son and current co-owner / production manager Mike Riggins would come home from high school and go straight to the garage to help with the machining. Click Here to read more... Trends in Aerospace Manufacturing
Aerospace manufacturers face multiple challenges, but the most crucial issue for the industry today is coping with the accelerated demand for commercial aircraft components. Aircraft build rates are rising dramatically. For instance, monthly production totals for single aisle aircraft such as the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 presently are in the high 30s. Over the coming years, OEMs hope to ramp up to 40 – 45 and have been investigating the feasibility of making 50 deliveries monthly. Both OEM and tier-level aerospace manufacturers need to increase production significantly and at the same time remain profitable. Basically, they must produce the parts more quickly, either by adding more machine tools or by adopting innovative new manufacturing processes.
In regard to boosting production with new machines, capital equipment involves significant investments as most aerospace machine tools are large and expensive, and delivery can take significant time. The alternative is to examine current partmaking methods and find ways to streamline the processes or create new ones. Click Here to read more...
From The Publisher Aerospace and Defense A Way of Life in the West
Jobs in aerospace and defense have been a big part of the western United States job market for as long as I remember. Click Here to read more...
Tekpro Group, a Level 1 Distributor of Stratasys Fortus 3D Production Systems & Dimension 3D Printer equipment, today announced the addition of Triform Sheet Hydroforming Presses to its’ product lineup.