About the Authors

Carl Sommer

Carl Sommer, owner and president of Reliable EDM Corporation in Houston, Texas, the largest wire EDM job shop west of the Mississippi, has a wide and varied background in the machine tool trade.  His introduction to the machine tool trade goes back to 1949, at a New York City machine shop.  He has worked as a precision machinist, including aircraft and space work; tool and die maker; foreman, tool designer, and manager of one of the largest tool and die shops in Houston, Texas.

Steve Sommer, ME

Steve Sommer, M.E. vice president, received his mechanical engineering degree from the University of Houston.  He has experience as a tool and die maker, and a thorough knowledge of computer programming and the wire EDM process.  Under Steve’s supervision, Reliable EDM has become the largest wire EDM contract shop west of the Mississippi.  This has provided this father and son team with extensive experience in wire EDM with many types of companies: such as aerospace, defense, petroleum, plastic, electronic, medical, and others.