Application Engineers Providing You Leaps in Productivity

We are experts with years of experience in different industries – giving you UNPARALLELED ACCESS TO INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICES.

We are known as NATURAL TEACHERS - never leaving a site without transferring our knowledge to your team.

We are a fresh pair of eyes. A source of new ideas. And an insurance policy against fast changing technology and processes.


Phillips Opto helps you achieve rapid, affordable productivity gains by significantly improving your machining processes. We’ve assembled some of the industry’s leading machining experts to help you:

// Design new processes
// Optimize programming, set-up and tooling
// Prove out new parts
// Troubleshoot production for hidden inefficiencies
// Integrate robotics solutions
// Fast-track employee skills

Phillips Opto is a fresh pair of eyes. A source of new ideas. And an insurance policy against fast-changing technology and processes. 

What People are Saying about Phillips Opto

If you think you know everything, you are not going to get anywhere. You got to be willing to reach out and learn and Phillips has a lot to teach.

Stan Wright
Machine Shop Manager for Nighthawk

I rarely do this, but I highly recommend Ben. You just don't see this kind of technical skills he has very often.

Dave Myers
Senior Manufacturing Engineer

This wasn't just about productivity. It was also about sustainability.

Nathan Hoagland
Quality and Maintenance Supervisor at Gerdau

Meet the Team

Joe Sommers

// 30+ years of manufacturing experience as a machinist, shop supervisor, manufacturing engineer and project manager, reaching nearly every industry.

// 10+ years as a manufacturing engineer and project manager in the medical implant industry.

// Machining is a passion he learned from his Grandfather, Uncles and Father-in-law and now shares with his Son.

Ben VandeHoef

// Nearly 20 years as an aerospace machinist working on everything from B-2 Bombers to the Space Shuttle.

// Years of experience as a lead programmer, shop supervisor, and head machinist in a wide range of industries. 

// Specialized in low volume parts customized parts run on all types of machines, including a focus in 5 axis mills and dual spindle Y axis lathes. 

Travis Honea

// 25+ years of experience in the industry with most of it in the field of Tool and Die, with a focus on progressive stamping and CNC machining. 

// 6+ years as a manufacturing plant manager where he focused on new product development and implementation, process improvement and shop floor work flow in a fast passed high mix environment. 

// Specializes in fixture building, fabrication, and specialized machine design.

David Cirilo

// 18+ years of machining, programming, design and processes engineering experience.

// 16+ years experience with Haas control, with 6 years dedicated to aerospace applications.

// Highly skilled with advanced programming techniques and data collecting which optimize process reliability and part accuracy.

Chris Molle

// 10+ years as a programmer

// Shop background in aftermarket automotive, mainly off-road racing and performance

// Specialty in engineering design and automation

Chris Cave

// 20+ year’s experience across several industries including aerospace, automotive, medical, electrode, and mold-making.

// 15+ years working with the Haas control.

// Years of experience as shop supervisor, engineering manager, manufacturing engineer, and machinist.


With Phillips 360, you have a dedicated local team of experts looking out for your business. Sales, service, and applications professionals, all zeroed in on your success. This “single minded” focus on your objectives allows us to:

//   Minimize Downtime…with faster response times
//   Prevent the Unexpected…with early, targeted maintenance
//   Innovate on Your Behalf…with new technologies, software, and solutions in sync with your business.

With Phillips 360, you’re being served from every angle. Sales. Service. Applications. One highly coordinated team devoted to your machines, your business, your goals.

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