Automation Controls & Engineering, LLC

About ACE

Your dedicated partner for manufacturing automation

Your dedicated partner for manufacturing automation

Automation Controls & Engineering, LLC (ACE) provides advanced automation &
controls systems to production manufacturers in a variety of industries.

Contact ACE to get to know us better, discuss a project, or arrange a meeting at our facility or yours.

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ACE has the capabilities, experience, and financial security of a large integrator with the versatility and low overheard of a small company.

This translates to more flexible designs, lower costs, shorter lead times, and greater overall value for our customers.

  • Stand-alone 20,000 sq. ft. facility in Dexter, MI (just west of Ann Arbor)
  • 30+ employees, including dedicated mechanical and controls engineering
  • In-house design, programming, project management, fabrication, assembly, service, and support
  • ISO 9001 compliant; CE & UL certification
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With decades of experience across all disciplines, the ACE team is equipped to solve your manufacturing challenges with impactful automation solutions


  • Pete Lazic - President
  • Steve Moore - VP of Operations
  • Chris Mackey - VP of Sales
  • Don Bromley - Application Engineering Manager
  • Jens Schaeberle - Controls Engineering Manager
  • Bob Davis - Mechanical Engineering Manager


Our mission is to partner with customers to understand project needs and provide automation solutions that exceed technical and financial goals for many years, if not decades.

Typical steps in the life of a project:

Our sales and application engineers work closely with customers to understand the details of a project and define the goals & specifications of an automated solution

Develop concept & proposal
ACE sets itself apart from competitors by providing creative & detailed concepts that solve manufacturing problems with proposals that meet project specifications while exceeding goals

Feasibility, test & prototype
When necessary, ACE will demonstrate the validity of concepts and processes to limit the need for change orders later in the project timeline

Order placed & project kick-off
Upon order receipt, a project manager is assigned to lead all aspects of the project, maintain a design & build schedule, and host regular meetings to keep the customer updated on progress

ACE's dedicated team of mechanical and controls engineers design every aspect of the project down to the smallest detail, sharing progress with the customer in bi-weekly meetings

Build & run-off
Equipment and components are assembled, programmed, and de-bugged on the ACE shop floor. Customers are encouraged to visit to view progress and participate in final machine run-off.

Installation & support
Our pre-fabricated machine bases make teardown, shipment, and installation quick and efficient. ACE is committed to supporting the customer and machine to ensure decades of success.


ACE integrates the latest technologies from industry-leading automation suppliers

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Contact Us

Need to Automate? Let's chat

It starts with a phone call or message. We'll learn about your needs, and layout your path forward

From concept to design, installation and beyond, rely on ACE to integrate, automate, and accelerate your business