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Renishaw acquires U.S. metrology specialist


April 17, 2014
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Renishaw, an engineering technologies company, has purchased Advanced Consulting & Engineering, Inc. (ACE), a U.S.-based supplier of dimensional measurement products and services focused on the automotive industry.

The acquisition of family-owned ACE, based in Rochester Hills, Mich., provides Renishaw further specialized programming capabilities using leading industry packages, and will help to support Renishaw’s sales of co-ordinate measuring machine (CMM) probing systems and Equator gauges in the U.S.

For more than 15 years, ACE has provided a range of in-house and on-site measurement services to its customers, including contract inspection, CMM fixture design, machine retrofits, CMM programming, training and full turnkey solutions from concept to completion. Since 2011, the company has also been a distributor of Renishaw’s CMM and gauging products.

“We are very excited [about] becoming a part of the Renishaw Group, which is globally respected in the metrology industry,” said Ken Bergler, founder of ACE. “This is a great opportunity to expand our existing operations, and I believe that we can make a significant contribution to Renishaw’s U.S. operations through the specialized skills we have developed servicing our high-quality customer base.”

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Leo Somerville, president of Renishaw, added: “This is an excellent acquisition for Renishaw and further underlines our commitment to invest in the development of our metrology business. We have known Ken and his team for many years, over which time ACE has built an excellent reputation for delivering high-quality measurement solutions, particularly for demanding applications in the automotive sector. As Renishaw continues to focus on supplying end-user metrology solutions, including CMM retrofits and installations of our Equator gauge, the specialized programming and applications knowledge of the ACE team will be particularly valuable.”