Rebuilding vs. Replacing: The ACE Advantage

Preserving Your Investment

When it comes to the longevity and performance of industrial machinery, the dilemma between opting for a rebuild or investing in a brand-new replacement for forging equipment is one that many businesses face. The choice between these paths can significantly impact operational efficiency and financial health. Ajax/CECO/Erie Press (ACE), a leader in designing, manufacturing forging, and forming solutions, offers a compelling argument for choosing rebuilds over replacements, presenting a strategic advantage for preserving your investment.

As North America’s premier supplier of forging machinery, equipment, and parts, ACE stands as a towering figure in the industry, unmatched in its breadth and depth of expertise. Our unique position stems from the union of three titans of the forging and forming world: Ajax Manufacturing, Chambersburg Companies (CECO), and Erie Press Systems. This merger has expanded our capabilities and enriched our heritage, allowing us to offer an unparalleled range of services across the globe.

We pride ourselves on designing, engineering, and implementing solutions that span the spectrum from brand-new installations to comprehensive rebuilds and remanufactured equipment, tailored to traditional and advanced forging and forming applications across various industries.

Understanding the ACE Difference

At the heart of the ACE advantage is a profound comprehension of the intricacies involved in rebuilding and manufacturing new equipment. With decades of collective experience across our legacy companies, ACE has honed its approach to restoring machinery to its prime condition and elevating its performance to address both present and future needs. This forward-thinking mindset is a hallmark of the ACE difference; our rebuilds transcend the conventional, aiming not merely to revive your equipment but to reimagine and enhance its capabilities.

Our commitment to innovation is matched by our dedication to quality and customer satisfaction. As North America’s largest and longest-running forging supplier, we leverage our combined experience, expertise, and resources to ensure that each project we undertake meets our high standards and exceeds your expectations. We understand that our success is built on making you a customer for life, so we strive to deliver not just equipment but comprehensive solutions that contribute to your success.

In this light, choosing ACE for your equipment needs means partnering with a company that understands the technical aspects of your machinery and appreciates the broader implications of our work on your business and the industry at large. Let us show you how the ACE difference can make a tangible difference in your operations, fostering growth, efficiency, and innovation for years.

The Economic Benefit

The financial implications of choosing between rebuilding and purchasing new equipment are stark. New equipment investments can be exorbitant, frequently amounting to millions of dollars. In contrast, rebuilding with ACE can slash these expenses substantially, prolonging the life of your current assets and enhancing their functionality and reliability.

This approach to cost-efficiency does not sacrifice quality or performance. It’s quite the opposite; rebuilt equipment from ACE often outperforms new counterparts. This is due to our meticulous integration of the latest technological advancements and upgrades during the rebuilding phase.

The quicker turnaround associated with rebuilding translates into more than just improving operational efficiency; it represents a strategic economic advantage by ensuring that production downtime, often the bane of profitability, is significantly reduced. This accelerated return to full operational status means your business can continue generating revenue without the burdensome delays associated with new equipment procurement and installation.

Moreover, this approach maximizes the utility of existing assets and leverages ACE’s commitment to innovation and excellence. By choosing to rebuild, you’re not just making a cost-effective decision but investing in a solution that quickly revitalizes your operations with enhanced machinery that meets the rigorous demands of modern production environments.

Customization and Flexibility

An ACE rebuild transcends the limitations of standard, off-the-shelf new equipment by offering bespoke solutions tailored to the unique demands of your manufacturing process. This personalized approach ensures that machinery is not merely restored but significantly upgraded to align with your current needs and future growth. In today’s rapidly evolving industrial landscape, where production processes are increasingly complex and competitive advantages are hard won, such adaptability is invaluable.

Moreover, ACE takes customization a step further by integrating the latest automation technology into your equipment. This forward-thinking strategy ensures that your rebuilt machinery is not just catching up to today’s standards but is future-proof, ready to meet the demands of tomorrow’s production environments. Automation technology enhances efficiency, reduces human error, and can significantly cut operating costs, providing a competitive edge crucial in fast-paced markets.

The flexibility offered through ACE’s customization and technological upgrades, particularly in automation, is instrumental for businesses looking to stay ahead. It allows for a level of precision and efficiency that off-the-shelf solutions cannot match, ensuring that your operations are restored to their former glory and enhanced to operate at the forefront of industry innovation.

This commitment to adapting and upgrading equipment with the latest technological advancements sets ACE apart, providing you with tailored, technologically advanced machinery and ready to meet the challenges of the future.

Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility

Opting to rebuild with ACE also reflects a commitment to sustainability. By extending the life of existing equipment, companies can significantly reduce their environmental footprint. The process of rebuilding consumes fewer resources than manufacturing new machinery, leading to a reduction in waste and a smaller carbon footprint. In today’s environmentally conscious world, such decisions resonate not only within your company but also with your customers and the broader community.

The ACE Process: Rigorous, Thorough, and Transparent

The process of rebuilding at ACE is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that every piece of equipment is meticulously inspected, disassembled, cleaned, repaired, or replaced, and then reassembled. This attention to detail guarantees that the rebuilt machinery meets the highest standards of quality and reliability. Furthermore, ACE maintains transparency throughout the rebuilding process, keeping clients informed and involved in decisions affecting the functionality and performance of their machinery.


The decision to rebuild or replace is significant, but the advantages of rebuilding with Ajax/CECO/Erie Press (ACE) are clear. Through economic savings, customization, flexibility, sustainability, and a commitment to quality, the ACE advantage offers a strategic pathway to preserving your investment.

In choosing to rebuild, businesses not only extend the life of their machinery but also align with a partner equipped to meet the demands of the future. Let ACE help you make the most of your existing assets, ensuring they serve your needs today and well into tomorrow.

Connect with us today and discover how Ajax/CECO/Erie Press can be your partner in forging a future marked by excellence and innovation. Visit our website, explore our range of solutions, and take the first step in forging a lasting partnership with us. Join us in our mission to drive the industry forward – Forging Ahead with Excellence.