Welcome to CVM, Inc.

A custom machine solution provider.

Custom Automation Solutions

  • 30 Years and running – Automating the Bay
  • Our niche is in small to medium, turnkey manufacturing solutions.

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Shop & Assembly Services

  • “Cut Above” Fabrication
  • Manual & CNC Machining
  • Precision Welding
  • Sheet metal forming and welding

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Products

  • FruitFirm 1000  –  Fruit Inspection Equipment
  • Fabric Saturators (for the FRP Industry) 
  • Clean Room Passthrus & OEM Spare Parts

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Custom Automation Solutions

Here’s our 3 step process:

Our niche is small to medium, turnkey manufacturing solutions.

Identify

Discuss issue & define goals.

Design

Strategic prototypes, iterate & repeat.

Execute

Fabricate, assemble, install & train.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Automation

Automating lab equipment is a specialty of ours.

We have partnered with dozens of companies across a variety of industries to develop custom equipment when off the shelf doesn’t cut it. Medical, Foods, Home Goods, Automotive, Plastic Injection and Agriculture.
If you’re curious what an automated lab can do for you, we think you’ll be surprised. Call us for a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Automated Manufacturing

30 Years of experience building new and modifying existing manufacturing equipment.

Whether you’re just starting out, growing, or wanting to modernize, we can help. Our team is well practiced at quickly  understanding your specific needs and targeting a path forward.  Our goal is in forming partnerships and becoming a part of your team.

 

 

Prototypes

Prototyping is a key part of every custom project.  It’s built into our design process and deeply woven into our culture. 

We utilize our shop, experience, and graveyard of old parts to prove concepts at key times during development.

Whether you’re planning to use us for scaling your idea or not, consider calling on us for the prototype phase of your project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fixtures

Fixture design and fabrication is critical to optimizing any repetitive process. 

CVM designs and fabricates fixtures for manual assist processes, end of arm tooling, and all automated system requirements.  We use metals, plastics, and molding compounds as required and know how to integrate into the most complicated systems.  Call us today with any fixtuing need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment Modifications

Retrofits, modernize, tooling changes, line integration

Sometimes a slight modification is all you need. We are experienced with modifying all types of manufacturing equipment, including custom, off the shelf. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi-Automated Equipment

Optimizing an operator with the right tool is often the best step forward. 

Space or budget restraints, safety, throughput, or general efficiency can all be ..

30 Years and running – Automating the Bay

Shop & Assembly Services

We’re a job shop too!  Loyal customers know us for quality, quick turn, and excellent customer service.  Our “A player” machinists, welders and formers are truly the best around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract Manufacturing

Hire us for your next quantity order of parts, fixtures, or machines.  Our niche is in being efficient at low to mid size quantity builds using our fine tuned trade processes in fixturing, project management, in house expertise. 

 

 

Shop Services

Machining – CNC and Manual

Welding – Precision, sheet metal, exotic materials

Forming – Sheet metal, rolled, odd

Assembly services

 

 

Spare Parts Program

Unhappy with your current supplier?  Contact us about our spare parts programs.  One off odd parts, reverse engineere, or complete supply programs tailered to your needs.

Strong relationships with established long time vendors allow fast dependable turn and quality.. We’ll match your pace!

Our Products

FruitFirm® 1000

Industrial grade tool that reads the size and firmness of fruit.

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Fabric Saturators

Industrial strength fabric impregnators.

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Clean Room Pass Throughs

Made to order, custom sizes available

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FruitFirm® 1000

The FruitFirm® 1000 is an industrial grade, mobile tool that reads the size and firmness of fruit automatically at 40 units per minute.

 

  • Self contained with a 7″ touch screen display which allows you to manage everything without any external device.
  • Built in memory to collect data internally or to be networked with both wireless and wired capability to automatically dump to a server.
  • Robust, repeatable & trustworthy data. You can adjust data output to match your in-house standards.

Fabric Saturators

Industrial Strength


Our Saturators are industrial strength fabric impregnators.  The models below are standard sizes and construction type, but we can customize by request. Typically, these are used with resin products to transform fiberglass and carbon fiber into pre-preg fabrics used for construction reinforcement and waterproofing.

Clean Room Pass Throughs

Standard Pass Throughs

We’ve been a manufacturer of custom clean pass throughs for over 20 years. Now available direct from the manufacturer with;

 

  • 304 Stainless Steel Construction
  • Interlock
  • Polycarbonate Door
  • 304 Stainless Steel handles and hinges
  • Pass Throughs made to order, custom sizes available
  • Discounts on multiple units
  • 2-4 week delivery

Our Team

Bob Switek

Bob Switek

Founder & CEO

Bob, Founder and CEO of CVM, graduated from Purdue University in Mechanical Engineering in 1972. He held several engineering positions with Clorox, Thiokol, Union Carbide, and Bechtel before beginning his consulting practice in the late 1970’s. In 1991, he founded CVM Inc., quickly finding his calling as a hands on leader, and manager of the company in addition to designing and building custom machines. Bob has stepped out of the day-to-day operations, but still gets his hands dirty with design concepts and council to the team as necessary.

Bob Switek

Founder & CEO
Toby Switek

Toby Switek

President

Toby manages day-to-day operations with focus on creating a healthy environment to promote sustainability and growth for the company and it’s employees. He joined CVM after spending over a decade in marketing and business development roles for entertainment and marketing companies and is thrilled to bring that experience to the family run organization and transition it to the next phase of its life cycle.

Toby Switek

President
Ken Hackman

Ken Hackman

VP, Engineering

Ken comes to CVM with over 30 years of design, manufacturing, and automation experience across many diverse automotive and industrial manufacturing companies He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Mechanical Engineering and continued his education with an MBA from Ball State University. Ken has held senior engineering management positions managing multiple engineering departments at many companies. He has led the development of first of its kind equipment for manufacturing different high-volume components.

Ken Hackman

VP, Engineering
Garrett Gersten

Garrett Gersten

Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Garrett has 14 years of experience in a broad range of engineering design, manufacturing, and project
management, including 6 years in aerospace and 7 years in industrial machinery prior to joining CVM. He
holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from UCLA.

Garrett Gersten

Sr. Mechanical Engineer
Dominick Luzader

Dominick Luzader

Shop Assistant

Dominick joined our team in the spring of 2019 with enthusiasm and and excitement to learn everything he could. He immediately added value with his energy and is fast growing valuable skills allowing him to bounce around the shop assisting wherever needed.

Dominick Luzader

Shop Assistant
Paul Crothers

Paul Crothers

Sr. Mechanical Engineer

Paul joined CVM with a broad experience base from years of finding solutions to challenging engineering challenges. Proficiencies in automation, manufacturing, process and workflow, product design, controls, etc makes him an integral part of the engineering team.

Paul Crothers

Sr. Mechanical Engineer
James Blackburn

James Blackburn

Engineering Technician

Growing up in a shop environment, James is another member of our team that’s been automating, machining, fixing things since well before he could drive. He comes to CVM with years of experience assisting manufacturing industries with technical solutions and out of the box problem solving. He’s an asset to CVM with experience from shop to CAD.

James Blackburn

Engineering Technician
Doug Fahrney

Doug Fahrney

Manufacturing Specialist

Doug has over 40 years of experience in the shop environment. He has considerable experience in manual and CNC machining and programming. He has spent the last 10 years managing the Clorox R&D shop, responsible for difficult, unique experimental parts as well as fabrication of parts used in production machines. His duties at CVM include responsibility for the day-to-day management of the machine shop, CNC programming, machining, scheduling, planning and estimating.

Doug Fahrney

Manufacturing Specialist
Paul Widergren

Paul Widergren

Fabrication Project Manager

Paul is the fabrication shop lead-man: Another multi-talented craftsman with excellent skills in welding, sheet metal and fabrication. He is also skilled in fabrication design; competent in both AutoCAD and SolidWorks. Paul has been with CVM since 1995.

Paul Widergren

Fabrication Project Manager
Marty Turkington

Marty Turkington

Fabricator/Machinist

Marty has been a metal worker since 1972. He is a fine craftsman with a wide range of skills, including journeyman machinist, welder, fabricator, and woodworker. Marty has been with CVM since 1996.

Marty Turkington

Fabricator/Machinist
Craig Thaxton

Craig Thaxton

Sr. Machinist

Craig joined CVM with a background and experience well aligned with CVM's equipment and core competencies.  He's done everything from owning his own shop (15yrs) to starting up and supporting state of the art new shops around the bay.  His broad experience allows him multitask on machines, train junior and apprentice machinists, and solve the complicated day to day problems our customers challenge us with.  As CVM's Sr. Machinist, he welcomes anything we (or you) can throw at him.

Craig Thaxton

Sr. Machinist
Cory Alden

Cory Alden

Journeyman Machinist/ CNC Programmer

Cory started with CVM in 2006 as a shop helper. He then successfully completed CVM’s machinist apprenticeship program, and is now at a journeyman level and an integral part of the shop. He spends most of his time operating manual and CNC mills and lathes as well as assembling tools and machines.

Cory Alden

Journeyman Machinist/ CNC Programmer
Doreen Fanua

Doreen Fanua

Administrative Assistant

Doreen joined CVM in 2014. She is your first point of contact when walking into CVM. Doreen provides administrative support to the CVM team.

Doreen Fanua

Administrative Assistant
Chad Felipe

Chad Felipe

Machine Operator

Chad began working at CVM in 2012 after over 25 years in the custom motorcycle industry, part of which as owner/operator of his own shop. He now spends time operating and programming CNC & Manual Mills and Lathes as well as assembly of machines, prototypes, and fixtures.  Additionally, Chad's impressive shoe collection is the marvel of any modern day fashionista, and somehow he keeps them clean all day making chips. A true pillar of CVM.

Chad Felipe

Machine Operator
Richard Gomez

Richard Gomez

CNC Operator

Richard joined CVM with 9 years experience in a CNC shop managing a team of operators, setting up and running equipment. A fast paced and efficient worker, CVM’s variety of work is allowing him to branch out and quickly come up to speed on new equipment, skills, and process. A valuable member of the team willing to jump in on whatever the task.

Richard Gomez

CNC Operator

CVM has been a true partner to Zume, helping us navigate impossible hardware hurdles from concept to installation.  The CVM team truly listens to us and then they deliver”

Alex Garden, Chairman and CEO, Zume Inc.

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CVM, Inc.

Phone

(+1) 925-847-8808

Address

7066-D Commerce Circle.
Pleasanton, CA 94588

Email

info@cvmcvm.com

Career Opportunities

Engineering Technician

We're Hiring aEngineering Technician. Reports to VP, Engineering.Job DescriptionThis position will support the growth of CVM’s 30-year custom machine building department by collaborating with an experienced team and proven processes. This position requires hands-on...

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Mechanical Engineer

We're Hiring aMechanical EngineerJob Description Manage the lifecycle of manufacturing automation equipment, including scope development, conceptualizing, prototyping, fabrication, and commissioning. Project management accountability for assigned projects to manage...

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Welder

We're Hiring a WelderJob DescriptionJob Title: Journeyman Welder CVM Inc. is looking for an experienced welder.We design and build custom automation equipment for bay area tech and have been doing so for 30 years. We offer a fantastic variety of challenging and...

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