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When manufacturing plants have a breakdown in their equipment or need to purchase new equipment, they often rely on AES Industrial located in Waunakee's Industrial Park to find just the right replacement part.
That's because owner and founder Joe Pichette can find creative solutions that help industrial plants' bottom line.
With years of experience designing equipment, Joe is able to do reverse engineering of automation equipment, helping companies to find replacement parts for their machines and sometimes re-engineer the part, eliminating the flaw that caused the breakdown in the first place.
That comes in handy for lines of industrial equipment that have been discontinued.
"Frequently, we’ll make a carbon copy," Joe said. "Other times, we'll design an improvement."
Often, a replacement part is less expensive that the original equipment manufacturer part.
And AES Industrial can often save companies money by improving the engineering of their equipment, preventing frequent breakdowns.
If a part of their equipment is failing constantly, AES Industrial can find a way to make a stronger and better part, Joe said. Sometimes just changing the material can make a part last twice as long, he added. In some cases, AES Industrial can spare a company the cost of replacing the entire piece of equipment by finding just the right component to keep it running longer.
AES Industrial also can engineer equipment geared to a specific company’s needs and is a distributor of components for machinery from conveyor belting, rollers to pallet jacks, rolling ladders, hand trucks and scissor lifts.
An 18-year resident of Waunakee, Joe was a mechanical design instructor at Madison Area Technical College for 11 years.
Up until 2001, he worked for another company within the industrial park before starting his own business – Alpha Engineering and Sales. About half of AES Industrial's business is comprised of supplying replacement parts for other manufacturing companies.
The other half is sales. AES offers products from many companies, such as KVP (Conveyer Belting), Allied Locke and Albion Castors, and is a distributor for Vestil Equipment, providing warehouse and Ergonomic equipment.
Sometimes, companies just rely on AES Industrial to locate hard-to-find parts for their equipment. AES knows where to order those parts at the best price.
"I tell customers, 'If you can't find it, we will,'" Joe said.
That saves the company time researching orders and pricing them. And if AES Industrial can't find a part or piece of equipment, with many industry partners, AES can have it made.
Joe said he tries to combine his background in purchasing, engineering and teaching to help manufacturing plants keep running the best they can.
He calls the company a "solution provider" that can improve efficiency. "We help customers find creative solutions, whether it's replacing a part or finding an item for them," Joe said.