- January 13, 2021
The PACE facility brings advanced machining and metrology capabilities to the European Market.
Jan. 13, 2021 - AMETEK Precitech–in conjunction with Micro-LAM, Inc. of Portage, MI; Taylor Hobson of Leicester, UK; and Zygo of Middlefield, CT–is proud to announce the creation of the Precision Advancement Center of Excellence (PACE), which will open at Taylor Hobson’s world headquarters in Leicester, United Kingdom.
To help improve the facility’s capabilities, AMETEK Precitech has supplied a four-axis Nanoform X configured with the Optimus Laser Assisted Machining system from Micro-LAM, This machine is designed to improve the throughput and quality of diamond-turning processes for materials that are hard to machine, such as glass, fused silica, BK7, Zerodur and more.
The PACE facility is an applications center for advanced diamond turning manufacturing and metrology. The goal of the center is to provide coordinated advanced diamond turning and metrology capabilities to the European market under one roof.
“I’m excited to join forces with Micro-LAM, Taylor Hobson, and Zygo to create this applications center for advanced machining and metrology,” said Keith Kowalski, vice president and business unit manager of Precitech. “In addition to expanding cooperation with Taylor Hobson and Zygo, which are both business units with the Ultra Precision Technologies Division of AMETEK, I am also delighted to expand our partnership with Micro-LAM to deliver unrivaled performance in ultra-precision machining of glass and other challenging substrates. Their laser technology, combined with our industry-leading machining capabilities, offers something truly unique–extending tooling life and providing fast, accurate machining of both challenging, as well as previously unmachinable, materials.”
Deepak Ravindra, CEO of Micro-LAM said, “This is a great step forward for Micro-LAM, our AMETEK partners, and our customers. The PACE facility is an ultra-precision machining ‘playground’ for the precision machining community. What makes this venture more exciting is its timing. While our industry has been somewhat separated by the global health pandemic, we are joining forces to provide our customers in Europe access to state-of-the-art technology.”
Precitech is a global manufacturer of innovative ultra-precision machining solutions. It designs and manufactures machine tools for turning, milling, and grinding. Its precision machines produce rotationally symmetric, asymmetric, freeform, and sculpted geometries, achieving form tolerances in the sub-micron range and nanometer level surface finishes when equipped with diamond tooling.Precitech is a business unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of approximately $5 billion. For more information about Precitech’s line of ultra-precision machining systems, contact Precitech, 44 Blackbrook Road, Keene, NH 03431, USA. Tel: (603) 357-2511
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