Friday, October 28, 2016

Do You Even LinkedIn Bro?


Like my catchy blog title?
But seriously, do you utilize this professional platform?

I do now, but I started too late. Here's what I've learned.

1. LinkedIn is NOT just for job seekers.

Like everyone else, I thought that it was only used for job searching.
And while it is a good tool when you're looking for a job, you don't have to be unemployed to benefit from this platform.
Little did I know that I should have been growing my professional network from day 1.
So go on and connect with all of your current and previous coworkers.

2. You can connect with people you personally do NOT know.

I didn't know that!
If you just connect with those that you know, you'll come to a halt in growing your network.
That totally makes sense now.
Now don't just go and start connecting with everyone and their grandmother.
But connect with those that are in the same industry as you, or in an industry closely related to your field of expertise.
Connect with clients and others that you have done business with.
I've connected with my loan officers and real estate agents.
Upon doing so, I noticed that we would sometimes have mutual connections.
It really is a small world.

3. Endorse each other.

If you feel that someone has a great set of skills, then let them know.
This in turn let's others know as well. And this provides credibility.
Often times the favor is returned, which showcases your talens to others without bragging.

4. Stay in touch.

To be honest, I don't have a lot of connections. I just began learning more about LinkedIn about less than a year ago.
There's a ton of free info on there, and it's pretty easy to meet people.
Yes, LinkedIn is a professional platform. It's not facebook so you want to avoid posting off the wall status updates.
But stay active by interacting with others.

Feel free to connect with me at: can connect with our master machinist at:

...and we'll see YOU on LinkedIn

#networking #onpointmachining #cncpoint #LinkedIn

Thursday, October 15, 2015

My First #WESTEC

My first ever Westec show. I didn't know what to expect. Dan has been going since the late 90's and said it was MUCH different. But more about that later.

Got up at 4am, printed out some RFQs that we received at 9pm the night before. By 4:30am we were on the road.

We made really good time, only stopping once to fuel up and grab a quick bite to go. I-5 was full of construction though, but it continued pretty smoothly until the abrupt stop once we hit LA. It's very obvious.

Having to just go 16 miles, about 90% of it was bumper to bumper traffic. Yes, I totally should have made a pit stop in Castaic. Even while using the carpool lane, it still took a very long time. Gotta love that LA traffic.

Finally, we made it. Parked at a lot across the street for $20 all day.

We went on the 2nd day, a Wednesday. Thought it opened at 10am, but apparently it was 11am. Everyone was crowding to get in.

Once we got in, we just started in the middle. Saw a Hitachi mill. Yes, we were in search of a mill. Price wasn't bad at all. Looked at another model and moved on.

We ended up at the Methods booth next. Oh that Nakamura lathe was a beauty. But no, we're looking for a mill. It was a nice one. We received some nice swag from them.

We continued on. Every now and then Dan would see someone he knew, or someone that knew him would greet him. It was nice to finally put a face on the names that he's been mentioning for the last how many years.

Walked by this one booth and this shirt grabbed my attention. I had to take a picture. It was definitely Instagram worthy. Then the rep came up to us and asked if we wanted a shirt. "Sure!", I said. I was stoked. I really do like the shirt and I wore it the very next day. Dan has actually used one of their private labeled devices. Who still uses a floppy drive?

We walked on and checked more out. More stopping and greeting with industry folks that Dan knew. Got a bit more swag and some cards.

Now this booth caught my eye. Gorilla Drills. It was very clever. I mean, just look at it. There were drills inside the banana peels. It completely stood out from the crowd and I commented on it with a HUGE smile. Great marketing right there.

We continued to walk and walk and I noticed the back of this shirt and it read "Fight for America". I started thinking, "I know that." Then I saw that it was Titan and his entourage near the Autodesk booth. We saw them again at the HAAS booth. They had the 5th axis running.  While I was trying to get a picture, I noticed Titan a couple of feet behind me. Yup. he's pretty tall.

Walked around some more and saw some new Akira Seiki's. No way! 

I had Dan take a pic in front of one. And then that was it. That was all she wrote.

Throughout the day, Dan and those he networks with, would say how much smaller this show has become. Although they are there, it was pretty disappointing. This show took about 75% of the floor. In previous shows, that floor would have been completely packed. Not to mention the bottom floor would be completely packed as well. I didn't even know there was a bottom floor. He said that it would take 2 days to go through all of the booths.


A lot of the big named tools and machines no longer attend this event. Apparently the Santa Clara show is the same as well. If you really want to check out a show that has most of the manufacturers, #IMTS is the place to be.

It was my first show. I didn't know what to expect. I actually had no expectations. But now I'm looking forward to #IMTS

Did you go?
What did you think?
How many shows have you gone to?

#westec #machining #cuttingtools #cnc

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Location for On-Point Machining

Phew! It's been a few months. 
See? I told you I wouldn't be consistent with posts.

We've been quite busy, which is an AWESOME problem to have. Orders have been coming in at a rapid and consistent rate, and I couldn't be any happier.

But the biggest announcement is that.....


Yes, it was time. 
We needed more space in order to grow. 
We made the jump. 
We did it. 

But it was tricky. While prepping for the move, we didn't want to disrupt production, so we had to balance the 2 tasks. It was very tiring, but got it done. The first machine was under power within a day and we were back to making parts on day 2.

The place is still in the works and will be for a while. As we get a moment here and there, we are unpacking and finding new homes for everything. But priority is to keep making parts

Not sure how, but we even gained a couple of new clients during this time. (Yay!) 
Not to mention the increase in orders from a couple of our current clients.
For me, it just confirms that this was a move in the right direction for our business.

Again, please note the change in our address.

On-Point Machining
520 Garcia Avenue, Unit A
Pittsburg, CA 94565

#CNCOnPoint #on-pointmachining #smallbusiness #pittsburg #machineshop #yelp