This campus, in Macomb Township, Michigan, co-locates employees from Ascent Integration–North America, Brown Aerospace, and Global Tooling Systems, increasing collaboration and efficiencies across Ascent. Raising the bar for our internal integration and collaboration will lead to better-integrated solutions for our customers.
Each company brings unique and highly-qualified expertise in their disciplines. Brown Aerospace and Global Tooling Systems were acquired for their extensive experience in assembly automation and tooling, respectively. Together, they pioneered installing aircraft fastening automation directly onto assembly tooling, a solution that is proven to reduce recurring and non-recurring costs and improve return on investment for aerostructure manufacturers. After acquiring both market-leading organizations and recognizing an increase in the size, complexity and frequency of such projects, the company founded Ascent Integration – North America to further develop their unique approach to serving the industry.
Under one umbrella, they deliver complete aerospace assembly solutions for factories, assembly lines and cells, supporting Ascent’s collaborative approach while still recognizing the heritage and expertise that each business brings to the group.
Mr. Kauffmann joined Ascent in June, 2013, to develop and lead the new Ascent Integration business unit. His previous experience includes seven years of aerospace tooling design, estimating, and program management, followed by 21 years in the field of advanced manufacturing and automation. He specialized in advanced vision assisted robot guidance for high speed, precision automotive assembly applications as well as advanced fastening techniques for production applications. He has led groups in business development, design, estimating, program management, and maintenance service operations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Mr. Via joined Ascent in March, 2014, to lead automation & integration programs for the new Ascent Integration business unit. His previous experience includes five years of working as a project engineer for an automotive technical consulting company, two years as a production manager at a startup company, and four years as a project manager in automotive Body, Welding, & Assembly (BWA) advanced manufacturing and automation. He specialized in transfer systems, robotic work cells, multi-function end effectors, and advanced fastening techniques for production applications. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate.
Mr. Battle joined Ascent in August 2016, to develop and lead the controls activities for the integration group. His previous experience includes 10 years of controls hardware and software design, system integration, and project management, with the last 6 years in aerospace automation. He has managed controls engineering teams for aerospace drilling and positioning systems. He has specialized in motion controls, including Robotics and kinematic development for CNC systems. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master’s degree in Electrical and Robotics Engineering from Oakland University.
Ascent Integration – North America
51327 Quadrate Drive
Macomb, MI 48042 USA