Applied Composites Engineering (ACE) was founded in Indianapolis, Indiana, in 1982. Originally a small composites shop dedicated to supporting the auto racing industry, ACE now serves OEMs in the commercial and military aerospace markets.
Because aerospace manufacturing requires tight tolerances, extreme precision, and perfect repeatability, ACE utilizes CNC machining extensively in their production processes. CMS North America has been their source for CNC technology on multiple occasions. There was a time, however, when the technology available could not meet ACE’s needs.
In the 1990s, ACE founder and president Leigh Sargent told us recently, CNC systems were available in essentially two types: large, heavy-duty metal cutting machines and small, lightweight routers. There was no middle ground and, additionally, these systems’ accuracy often left something to be desired.