Welcome to CVM, Inc.

The Bay Area’s custom machine solution partner since 1990.

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

Our niche is in small to medium, turnkey manufacturing solutions. Here’s our process:

Identify

Discuss issues, define goals

#1

Design

Strategic prototypes, iterate, repeat

#2

Execute

Fabricate, assemble, install, train

#3

Identify

Discuss issues, define goals

#1

Design

Strategic prototypes, iterate, repeat

#2

Execute

Fabricate, assemble, install, train

#3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

We think creatively and iterate quickly by leaning on our talented and experienced team and unique tooling.

We have proven formuals for taking wild ideas through proof of concept phases to scaled production.  We’d love to help develop your next product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 and off the shelf systems. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 reasons to consider budget friendly semi-automated equipment.

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.

Our long-term relationships and mature supply chain network help our customers realize high-quality products and services with very short leadtimes.

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 desig...

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
Glen Garrettson

Glen Garrettson

VP, Engineering

Glen comes to CVM with nearly 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering, design for manufacturability, and manufacturing automation. He graduated from University of California, Davis in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering, holds a patent in fuel cell technology, and has held leadership positions across a range of industries. His diverse background laid a foundation naturally crafted to head CVM’s engineering team in supporting the Bay Area’s thirst for innovative automation. ...

Glen Garrettson

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
Mike Berezovsky

Mike Berezovsky

Shop Manager

Mike is a creative and seasoned journeyman machinist with decades of experience in both manual machining and CNC programming. He has worked as a precision machinist, tool & die maker and R&D experimental machinist. His broad experience allows him to lead CVM’s talented shop supporting our customers with quality and efficient manufacturing processes.

Mike Berezovsky

Shop Manager
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 has been part of the CVM team since 2012. He spends him time operating CNC and manual mills and lathes. Chad also helps assembling machines and mechanical mechanisms

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

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