• Aluminum to Titanium

  • Exotic & High-Temp Metals

  • Flexible On-Demand Deliveries

  • Cell-Base Manufacturing

  • Close-Tolerance Machining

  • Full CAD/CAM Capabiliites

  • Full 5-Axis Machining

  • AS9100 & ISO 9001 Registered

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The Ames Machine story.

Ralph Ames founded Ralph E. Ames Machine Works, Inc., in Westchester, California, in 1942. In those days there was no such thing as a “Vision Statement.” There was, however, a simple principle that guided Ralph in his fledgling enterprise: “To provide the quality and reliability that is essential for success in the growing aerospace industry.”

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"We provide the quality and reliability that is essential for success in the aerospace industry."

- Ralph E. Ames, Founder

Today, nearly eighty years later, that same dedication to quality and integrity is more relevant than ever and guides the third generation of Ames at Ames Machine. “With 45,000 square feet and 41 state-of-the-art CNC machines, Ames Machine is a top-rated supplier to many major manufacturing firms in the U.S. In fact, we have parts on every commercial and business jet on earth, and on every F16 and F18 fighter jet,” says Mike Ames, president. “Our dedication to our customers is evidenced by our 98% on-time delivery record and our 99.6% overall quality acceptance rating.” Our modern facilities and excellent ratings are a direct result of the total commitment to quality and customer service at Ames Machine.

Ames Machine ships tens of thousands of precision-machined parts and assemblies each year using an advanced, internal MRP system to track the workflow through the cell-based manufacturing floor. In addition, Ames Machine uses an EDI system linked to our customers’ internal data to forecast requirements and schedule our workload. This advanced capability allows Ames Machine to provide multiple deliveries at the lowest possible cost for our long-term customer requirements.

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Ames Machine continues to grow through our commitment to precision manufacturing technology, and our dedication to the quality and reliability that builds long-term relationships with our customers. Ralph Ames would be proud of his company today, and of the spirit that still guides it: “Providing the quality and reliability that is essential for success.”

Our enduring dedication to quality workmanship and reliability builds long-term relationships with our customers. Contact us today.


What's new at Ames Machine...

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Ames Machine Receives AS9100 & ISO 9001 Certification

November 2021

Ames Machine is pleased to announce our certification to AS9100D and ISO 9001:2015. The AS9100 standard is controlled by SAE International and defines the quality management systems required for the Aviation, Space, and Defense industries; and fully incorporates the ISO 9001:2015 quality standard. Our AS9100/ISO 9001 certification is a real testament to the total quality environment at Ames Machine. Our entire team is committed to delivering reliable, top-quality products, and our quality management systems are in place to help us do precisely that.

In the precision machining industry, there is very little margin for error – our products are used in critical aerospace applications all over the world, in orbit, and beyond. When you need quality you can trust, the Ames team offers a level of customer service, quality, and value second to none. Contact us today to learn more about the total quality environment at Ames Machine.

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Three New 5-Axis Vertical Machining Centers

November 2017

Ames Machine has added three new 5-Axis Vertical Machining Centers to our CNC milling department. One new Fadal 4525 VMC and two new Fadal 3020HT VMCs bring the number of advanced CNC Machining Centers at Ames to twenty; with full 5-axis capabilities, high-speed machining, and up to 40″ x 24″ x 27″ xyz capacity. This kind of machining capacity in our milling department translates directly into increased scheduling flexibility at Ames Machine, and even faster response times and quicker deliveries for our customers.

At Ames Machine, we remain at the forefront of the precision machining industry with our continuing investment in the latest, state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. Count on Ames Machine when it comes to the capacity you need, delivered when you need it.

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Airbus A350 XWB

November 2017

The Airbus A350 XWB is a twin-engine, wide-body jet airliner that can seat up to 366 passengers. It is the first Airbus aircraft with both fuselage and wing structures made primarily of carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer. Ames Machine provides critical parts and assemblies for many of the flight-control systems on the A350, parts that require uncompromising quality with tolerances as close as .0001” (one ten-thousandth of an inch). Ames Machine is part of a worldwide network of suppliers for flight-critical components, with only top-notch suppliers given the chance to participate in the production of this innovative new airplane.

Over 80 years of precision machining expertise, and our continuing commitment to the latest in modern manufacturing technology, make Ames Machine the perfect choice for world-class projects like the A350 XWB. If we can support one of the most advanced jet airliners in the sky, imagine what Ames Machine can do for you.

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Boeing 777X Airliner

November 2017

The Boeing 777X builds on the success of the 777 and 787 airliners and will be the largest and most efficient twin-engine passenger jet in the world; unmatched in every aspect of performance when the first planes are delivered in 2019. Among other features of the 777X are new, composite wings with folding wingtips that add 23 feet to the wingspan to maximize fuel efficiency during flight. The 777-9 version has seating for up to 425 passengers and a range of 7,600 nautical miles. The advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques used for the 777X require the highest levels of precision, performance, and quality from the worldwide supply chain.

Ames Machine is definitely up to the task with our outstanding reputation for quality and reliability in flight-critical precision machined parts and assemblies. The Boeing 777X is defining the future of commercial aviation, and Ames Machine is proud to be part of the team producing this ground-breaking new airplane.

We offer the latest in precision-machining technology.

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