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.
MAKING A GOOD CONNECTION West•Bond Inc. has been in business since 1966 building and designing a renowned line of wire bonding and die attach machines, wire pull test equipment, ultrasonic components, and accessories for the microelectronics packaging industry. A typical wire bond is 1/3rd the thickness of a human hair, requiring the utmost in precision and accuracy. Though they are most known for their patented single input X-Y-Z micromanipulator, West Bond’s manufacturing capabilities also allow them to produce job shop type work for a select set of customers in the commercial, medical and aerospace industries. Their 38,000 sq.ft. Corporate headquarters in Anaheim, Ca. houses everything from manufacturing and assembly to sales and a showroom. The machine shop occupies 14,000 sq.ft. and has 10 full time machinists running Fadal VMC4020s, Hardinge lathes and a Mori Seiki NHX5000 HSC with a Carrier Pallet Pool.
SURGICAL PRECISION THROUGH INNOVATION,
TECHNOLOGY AND RELATIONSHIPS
Technical Manufacturing West (TMW) began with two guys, a garage, and an idea. Just five years later they have outgrown their 10,000 sq.ft. facility and employ a team of 40 people. “We’ve come a long way in a short time,” tells Johnny Valadez, vice president of operations at TMW. “The growth has been phenomenal, and only made possible by the relationships we’ve made over the years with employees, customers, and suppliers.”
TMW’s primary focus is aimed at specialized manufacturing of exotic materials for the medical device industry. “Our original plan was to do product development and design, then outsource the rest to manufacturing partners,” explains TMW’s general manager Brad Topper. “We had some product ideas including a concept for an orthopedic driver. Johnny and I started prototyping it in a garage with only tool room type machines and a small laser welder.” The device was a driver that could transmit high-torque into areas of the anatomy previously inaccessible. “Basically a fancy flexible screwdriver,” jokes Johnny.
From The Publisher Working Together
While one of the topics of this issue is Workholding, it may as well be Working Together. While not on purpose seems a few of the stories in this issue detail how companies work together to make both of them better. Click Here to read more...
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