HEAD WEST, INC. 2017 MANUFACTURING PROCESS
Head West produces mirror and wood products at our 175,000 sq. ft. domestic manufacturing facility in Compton, CA. With little employee turnover, our staff is very experienced in their craft and they take great pride in their work.
We make mirror, cut it to your specifications, add desired edge treatments, water jet holes and cutouts, and we specialize in printing graphics on glass and mirror. Wood processing is similar, in that we cut, drill, and shape parts to fit your requirements. We also cam print designs and spray finish as desired. To give you a better understanding of what we do, here is a breakdown of each process we feature at Head West.
- We operate a domestic 72" mirror conveyor.
- We spray the silver.
- A lite of glass is placed on the conveyor, cleaned, then sprayed with sensitizer, followed by a silver solution. A copper layer is then applied to protect the silver.
- A final protective coating of paint is appiled to mirror and cured in an oven.
- CNC cutters score the glass in nested patterns in order to obtain the best yield for each sheet.
- Once scored, the operator applies pressure along the scores,breaking the glass into the predetermined shape.
- The cut pieces are placed on a washing conveyor to remove chips, clean the mirror, and are inspected for flaws.
- We also cut and drill holes with either our waterjet or glass drill.
- For 40 years, our niche has always been printing on glass and mirror, although we have expanded to other substrates like acrylic, metal, and wood. Let us study your graphic and recommend the correct path to follow, whether it be 4-color CMYK printing on our 6 color rotary press, simple epoxy base prints for durability, or digital printing on our 48 x96 flatbed digital press.
SHIPPING & RECEIVING
- This department is responsible for the picking and packing of all outgoing shipments for all customers, including Internet sales.
- It is also responsible for all incoming containers from China.
- The facility includes 14 shipping/receiving docks and has 4 trucks used for local deliveries.