Micro-LAM joins forces with ultra-precision firms to form PACE facility in the UK

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Micro-LAM, a manufacturer of laser-assisted systems for ultra-precision machining, has joined three key business units in Ametek’s Ultra-Precision Technology group to form the Precision Advancement Center of Excellence (PACE) in the United Kingdom. PACE features the latest innovations in ultra-precision machining, tooling and metrology equipment in a single location. The facility is the premiere resource for solving ultra-precision machining challenges across all of Europe, providing expert applications engineers offering customer support, training sessions and educational workshops for superior customer experience. 

PACE is housed in the Taylor Hobson world headquarters (Leicester, UK), and is joined by its Ametek businesses Precitech (Keene, NH, USA) and Zygo (Middlefield, CT, USA). Deepak Ravindra, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Micro-LAM noted that the opening is especially timely. “With COVID disrupting travel, customers are not able to visit the United States to evaluate new equipment. This delays their implementation of cutting-edge technology.” 

In addition to supplying PACE with the Optimus laser-assisted systems and experienced applications specialists, Micro-LAM subsidiaries M10 Edge and 603 OPTX will also be part of the customer solutions available at PACE. M10 Edge is a UK-based company specialized in manufacturing high-quality ultra-precision diamond cutting tools. 603 OPTX excels at solving difficult challenges in diamond-turning optics and providing turn-key solutions. Both will bring significant added value to customers visiting PACE. 

“This is a truly unique concept. This is also the first time that a precision diamond tooling company, M10 Edge, will provide ultra-precision machining and metrology access to its customers”, said Deepak. He added, “In addition, 603 OPTX’s expertise offers PACE customers unparalleled access to industry-leading knowledge and experience in complex optics manufacturing. The level of proficiency available at PACE will provide a one-of-a-kind experience to our customers.” 

Keith Kowalski, VP and Business Unit Manager of Precitech, stated, “In addition to expanding cooperation with Ametek partners Taylor Hobson and Zygo, I am delighted to expand our partnership with Micro-LAM to deliver unrivaled performance in ultra-precision machining of glass and other challenging substrates.” He added, “Their laser technology, combined with our industry-leading machining capabilities, offers something truly unique – extended tool life, and the fast, accurate machining of challenging and materials not previously capable of being machined.” 

Deepak agreed, “This is a great step forward for the Micro-LAM family, our Ametek partners, and our customers. The PACE is an ultra-precision machining “playground” for the precision machining community. What makes this venture more exciting is the timing. While our industry has been somewhat separated by the global health pandemic in 2020, we are joining forces to provide our customers in Europe access to state-of-the-art technology.”

Micro-LAM, Inc. was founded in Portage, Michigan in 2012, and offers cutting technology through a retro-fit system that equips precision machines with a hybrid laser-diamond system to efficiently machine difficult to cut materials, such as ceramics, silicon, glass and exotic metals. The company expanded its facility in 2017 and today does business in 20 countries and serves the markets of consumer electronics, mobility, military, defense and healthcare. In 2019, M10 Edge Ltd. was formed in the United Kingdom, manufacturing ultra-precision diamond cutting tools. In 2020 the company also acquired 603 OPTX of Keene, NH to provide turn-key solutions for complex optics manufacturing.

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