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.
AMERICAN WIRE EDM
WHEN TWO COMPANIES ARE BETTER THAN ONE American Wire EDM has manufactured assembly-ready parts for more than 30 years.
Since 1985, American Wire EDM has been providing wire EDM machining and EDM hole drilling services for customers in all areas of industry. With their ultra precision Mitsubishi wire EDM machines they hold tolerances within ± 0.0001” on everything from prototypes to high-volume production runs. As an ISO 9001-compliant manufacturer American EDM produces parts to meet MIL SPEC 45208A, MIL-Q-9858, ANSI Z-540-1, ISO 9001 and other quality standards. “We get a wide range of projects from medical, aerospace, specialty manufacturers, military, electronics companies and even CNC machine shops and plastic injection molders” explains general manager Jack McDevitt. “A lot of what we do is for shops that don’t want to, or can’t produce a part with the intricacies or accuracy that we can with the Mitsubishi EDMs.”
Precision Valve Inc. began as a small garage type shop in Southern California’s San Fernando Valley in 1962 called Hydraulic Fitting and Grinding. George Huffer, a tool maker, manufacturing engineer and a recent immigrant from England put together a legacy with only a single mill, lathe, grinder and hone. The company soon moved to Orange County with a new partner and became Preval Inc.
“I grew up working part time in the shop for my dad,” explains Precision Valve Inc. owner Kevin Huffer. “I had other ambitions at the time and went off to college at UC Irvine to study urban planning. After graduation I got married and needed part time income while I searched for employment in my desired field.” George convinced his son to come on board full time to help drive the company in a new direction, knowing that eventually Kevin would take over. Shortly thereafter the company reformed as Wesval Inc with new partners.
R & J MANUFACTURING
TARGETING SUCCESS SINCE 2006
Mike Jones and John Woloshun incorporated R & J Manufacturing in April of 2009 with a single HAAS VF3, a rented corner in a buddies building, and the desire to manufacture a better mousetrap. In this case the mousetrap was actually a metal breach for air guns. Mike and John worked together at a local machine shop where Mike was a CNC department manager, and John was his boss. In his spare time Mike was shooting competition air guns and found the need to replace the factory plastic breach with a more accurate metal version. “You couldn’t mount a scope on the breach of the air rifle,” describes Mike. “It had to be mounted on the barrel, and that is way less accurate. The point of impact changes based on a variety of factors like CO2 expansion and outside temperature. So I made a metal breach allowing the mounting of a Weaver style scope mount.” After spending time in forums, Mike had a lot of requests for the improved breach, so much so that he couldn’t keep up with the manufacturing while having a full time job. “I went to John and suggested we start a company to machine and sell air gun parts. He was reluctant, but we were selling a ton of parts so we purchased our first mill and got to work.” Click Here to read more...
WIDE AWAKE AT SLEEPER DESIGNS
Seth Ingham and Matt Jaskol have been competitors for most of their lives. Not in life, not in business, but where it matters most; on the race track. Both are about 30 years old. Both were top ranked go kart drivers from an early age. Both had ambitions of pursuing careers as professional drivers. Both are key elements in the success of Las Vegas based company Sleeper Designs, but that’s where the similarities end. Seth describes himself as owner, programmer, designer, fabricator, welder, machinist, mechanic and jokes that Matt is a silent partner. Ironically, Matt’s talking is his strength. He practically knows everyone in Las Vegas and his network of friends/acquaintances/business associates reaches from California and Indy to New York and North Carolina. Their business partnership is only a year old, but their relationship dates back almost two decades and is based off mutual respect and the brotherly bond that is motorsports. Click Here to read more...
From The Publisher September is Showtime
As you check out this biggest issue of the year for us, I am sure you will notice all the ads and editorial for western region open houses, trade shows and events in the month of September. Now that summer is pretty much over I guess it is time to check out all of the new technology out there. Click Here to read more...
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