Kern Precision Partners with Innolite in North America

Kern will now be able to distribute Innolite’s machines, benefiting ultra-precision machine shops with more effective processing. 


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Kern Precision Inc. (KPI) of Chicago, Illinois, has entered into a distribution partnership with Innolite GmbH of Aachen, Germany, for the North American market. Toni Mangold, sales director of Kern USA, and Dr. Christian Wenzel, CEO of Innolite, signed the corresponding agreement in April 2018. As a result, both company representatives have expressed hope that they will improve their offerings in the field of ultra-precision machining, as in the manufacture of optics.

The acquisition and execution of joint projects will be overseen by the experienced KPI Area Sales Manager Gary Zurek. “We can now provide a combination of Kern high-precision machining centers and Innolite diamond machining centers for this extremely demanding market segment,” Mr. Zurek says. “Our initial user tests have shown that we can undercut the usual processing times, in some cases by more than 50 percent, while achieving maximum reliability thanks to proven and standardized interfaces.” According to the company, this partnership will enable customers to work more flexibly and achieve significant productivity gains.

A decisive factor in arriving at this partnership is said to be that the technologies of KPI and Innolite complement each other. Kern machining centers, such as the Pyramid Nano and Micro, enable precise pre-processing of the workpiece. The increased precision and reliability of this first processing step means that the subsequent finishing work—using machines from Innolite—can be carried out faster and more efficiently.

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