In an industry of specialization, what is ACES about? We are known for our broad range of knowledge when it comes to servicing control systems. From ovens and furnaces to municipal water plants and oil fields, our exposure to ideas from diverse industries allows us to solve problems no one else can, many of which are corrections to brand new pieces of equipment.
“We’re Thomas Edison’s laboratory turned inside out.”
Our laboratory is outside the walls of our office — we’re always building, learning and inventing. The customer’s factory is our lab and that passion for troubleshooting and improving processes brings unprecedented ease and productivity to our clients.
In 2003 Ross Lumbert saw a need for a high-tech control team to solve complex control challenges in the Wichita area. Today the company he founded, American Control and Engineering Service, Inc. partners with major manufacturers across the region such as Cessna Aircraft, Spirit Aerosystems, Hawker Beechcraft and Pepsi.
Ross has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and is a licensed Master Electrician. He was Head of Engineering at Koch Industries, where he led a team in developing a seven-step capital asset project process to streamline the engineering management process and bring projects in on time and on budget.
In addition to about 30 years experience in the control business, Ross brings the same passion and inquisitive spirit he exhibited as an eight-year old tearing apart his dad’s jigsaw — although today he’s much better at putting things back together.
The ACES team
Robert Duren is ACES’ Operations Manager and has about 18 years experience in the control systems business, focusing on computer programming with an emphasis on networking and communication. His experience includes five years as a control systems manager for a beef processing plant, and about five years as a wastewater treatment plant operator where he was Level 4 Kansas certified. Robert’s current responsibilities include field troubleshooting and repair, network management, and computer programming for control systems and data acquisition systems.
Andrew Marklewitz had several years experience in the residential heating and air-conditioning industry when he decided to crank up the heat by coming to work for ACES. Now he spends a good part of his time performing industrial oven surveys, maintenance and repairs. He has specialized training in Nadcap SAE 2750D standards. Andrew is affectionately known as “the muscle” here at ACES.
Dan Carter has nine years experience working with controls. He got his start as a welder for a small automation company in 2002 and worked his way into power distribution and control wiring. In 2004 he completed an introductory course in PLC programming and launched his career in controls with a producer of polyethylene piping products, where he was eventually promoted to Instrumentation and Control Technician. At ACES Dan spends much of his time programming PLCs and HMIs, in addition to troubleshooting on location, and working on quotes for future projects.
Rob Mosher is a graduate of Missouri University of Science and Technology where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Computer Engineering. He programs databases and HMIs, as well as immersing himself in the many-faceted projects at ACES.
Brian Friend is a technician and oven certifier, a role to which he brings about 20 years of Boeing assembly experience. He also holds a certificate in electronics from Wichita Technical Institute, and an Associate of Applied Science in mechatronics — the combined study of electronics, robotics and hydraulics — from Cowley College, where he was ranked second in the state in a skills development competition. Most recently he was a scale tech and control tech at a beef processing plant, keeping the automated production lines rolling.
Cheryl Kuss As Chief Financial Officer, Cheryl keeps ACES’ accounting records finely tuned. Cheryl is a Certified Public Accountant with 21 years experience at two public accounting firms where she served as an auditing and quality control manager. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
Butch Duren draws CAD schematics and prepares quote, and he’s also being trained as a leader on steam generators — on both the coding and the mechanical side. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kansas, and for his senior project was part of a team that built an award-winning, scaled-down formula hybrid car for an FSAE college competition in Detroit.
Diane Nichols brings about 27 years of experience to her position as administrative assistant. She’s worked in office environments ranging from an elementary school to a medical office. She’s the voice of ACES, answering the phone as well as filling out purchase orders and keeping things flowing. Working in a medical office prepared her surprisingly well for her job at ACES.