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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York Machine Works has a history rooted back to 1973 in St. Helena, CA. Nestled in the heart of California’s wine country, John York built a business machining and fabricating…


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Greg Cde Baca is a second-generation machinist and president of PS&M (Pacific Swiss & Manufacturing Inc.) in Clackamas, Oregon. Since the early 90’s his big plan was to machine small,…

MONOGRAM AEROSPACE FASTENERS – One and done with a sea of Tsugamis

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Monogram Aerospace Fasteners has over a century of manufacturing knowhow in a very niche market. Their Phoenix, Arizona plant turns out almost a million parts a month thanks to 21…

ADAPT AUTOMATION – Manually Automating Since 1971

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“It’s a funny thing,” describes Tim Van Mechelen, president of Adapt Automation Inc. “Forty years we made advanced automation systems for factories all over the world using only manual machines….


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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Absolute Machine Tools Names David Grega Chief Operating Officer

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Absolute Machine Tools has hired David Grega as chief operating officer. Mr. Grega will oversee the operation of Absolute’s technical centers in Lorain and Mason, Ohio, Livonia, Michigan, and Elgin,…

Emuge And Open Mind Establish Partnership

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  Emuge Corp. announced it has established a partnership with Open Mind Technologies. Recently the companies, which have had a history of collaborating to influence their respective cutting tool and…

Executive Hotline

Woman-Owned Colorado Company Gets $93M Air Force Contract

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A Colorado defense contractor founded and run by a woman has received the largest contract in its 17-year history. Boecore, a Colorado Springs company founded by its CEO Kathy Boe,…

Colorado Might Land New Company

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Colorado is among three states being considered for a new headquarters for a 3-D printing company now based in Florida. DeLand, Florida-based 3D Material Technologies LLC — a division of…