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Frequently Asked Questions About SWM & CNC Machines

Posted on Jun 14, 2013  

As much as South West Machine Co. is dedicated to offering reliable drilling parts, we are also dedicated to educating the public about the type of work we do as well as give some insight into our industry. We thought we would take time this week to answer some of the questions we receive on a regular basis.

How many people currently work at South West Machine Co.?

Our company currently has 11 employees in our shop. Positions include CNC operators, manual mill workers as well as engineers.

Do you make CNC machines?

We get this question a lot. We do not produce CNC machines, however we do have 4 CNC lathe and 1 mill. We use CNC machines to produce many of the products that we sell.

What is a CNC machine?

CNC stands for computer numerical control. CNC machines make the it possible for companies like ours to manufacture parts without having to do it manually. CNC machines are most commonly recognized in automobile factories. They are the machines with the automatic hands that put the car together. A code is put into the machine that tells it what exactly to do, and from there the parts are created based off of the code.

You seem to take pride in being ISO certified, what does that mean?

ISO stands for the international organization for standards. It is something we take pride in because of the good company we are in; many Fortune 500 companies are ISO certified. Being ISO certified allows us to fix problems in a systematic way and make sure mistakes never happen again. It also allows us to streamline our business.

How long have you been ISO certified for?

We have been ISO certified since last February.

You have mentioned that you use a process called “reverse engineering”, what does that mean?

Reverse engineering is the process of dissecting a product that already exists in order to create that product yourself or even make it better.

If you have any more questions you would like to ask us, feel free to let us know. We love hearing from you and answering your questions. We hope this post gives you a little bit better idea of who we are and what do here at South West Machine. Have a great weekend everybody!