ACS is a team of application and material processing consultants offering a selected curated mix of products explicitly intended to meet the diversified requirements within the markets we sell and service – Sign & Graphics, Fabrication and Manufacturing.
ACS offers a proven reach for developing relationships with Fabricators, (in all market segments), throughout Western US and Canada – including PSP’s that have an industrial manufacturing and production focus.
With a 40% repeat business rate – ACS’s successes are a direct result of our customer service philosophy and our ability to listen, discuss and educate our partnering industries and customers, while offering an unbeatable range of workflow techniques and solutions.
ACS makes an exceptional partner – We Live Here, We Work Here, We Service Here.
CEO / President
ACS CEO Ron Rankin has been in the cutting industry for 30 years. An early adopter of automation technology, Ron started out as a welding engineer with Union Carbide, L-TEC, and ESAB, with accreditations and endorsements in Robotics, 5 Axis Contour Beveling, mechanized Plasma / OxyFuel / WaterJet / Laser Gantry Systems. Ron developed expertise in welding and cutting automation just as the industry was shifting from antiquated photocell technology to newer techniques in CNC cutting. As these rudimentary technologies became more robust, Ron became interested in automated nesting programs such as SigmaNEST that could automatically group parts, BOMs, and materials and nest them on a large scale and start processing and cutting.
With the latest in automation technologies under his belt, Ron earned an executive MBA in Operations Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1992. The combination of on-the-job know-how and business training helped Ron master the intricacies of Workflow and Cost Analysis – understanding how automation technologies could help companies optimize their manufacturing work flow. Ron leveraged that experience to help companies like ESAB, Jet Edge, Calypso Waterjet System to develop service and distribution models and/or building and revitalizing their territories by better understanding the needs of their customers.
Based on his experience educating customers, holding seminars in sales territories, hosting open houses, and setting up service and distribution contracts, Ron founded Applied Cutting Solutions in 2010. As a passionate advocate for automation and lean manufacturing, Ron has built ACS into a distribution company that partners with companies across the Northwest region to identify key technologies and training that will help them grow their business.
Vice President of Sales
Rob has been in the sign & graphic industry for over 10 years. Working in distribution of media and capital equipment. Focused on workflow integration is the key to his success through his varied work history for distribution and direct end users. Rob has built a solid network of support inside the sign & graphics industry.
Allow him to share his diverse understanding to maximize workflows in all aspect of the industry with you. Distribution 2.0 is what I believe in and want to introduce our customers to, we live here, we work here, we service here. Let us share our curated products for the S&G industry as well as our Fabrication division.
Kerri Martin came to ACS in 2014 and, as Business Manager, quickly became an integral part of the company’s future growth.
Kerri studied Registered Nursing and Biology at Western Washington University.
After working 5 years as a Registered Nurse, she took several years off to raise her two daughters. During that time, she trained as a contract accountant with a Bellingham CPA.
When Kerri returned the workforce, she gained experience with a range of small and large start-up companies and entrepreneurs – and it was while doing so that she became passionate about supporting innovative businesses and individuals and the multifaceted challenges they present.
Kerri has deployed her start-up experience to transition into her role at ACS today: Managing the business, general accountants, logistics – and most of all, working with ACS’s valued customers.
Technical Sales Apprentice
Erick Martinez started working at ACS as an intern early 2017.
Before joining ACS, Erick worked with a private contractor in the construction industry. It was this motivation that allowed Erick to continue to learn and to pursue his advanced education with a Manufacturing Engineering degree from Western Washington University.
As a Technical Sales Apprentice for ACS, Erick has received continuous training and exposure to all the company’s OEM providers, focusing on manufacturing equipment processing solutions: routers, tangential knife cutters, fiber & CO2 laser, press brakes, CNC plasma cutting systems, digital cutting systems as well as digital wide format printers.
Erick’s knowledge continues to grow as he gains exposure to newer automated technologies and processing tools, all designed to provide a better way to optimize and reduce waste. As a member of ACS’s team of solution providers, Erick’s primary focus is to listen, observe, and consult on lean manufacturing strategies and practices that are designed to push competitive industries.
Erick is a proud member of the ACS team and of ACS Distribution 2.0.
“It is my job to listen and help you take your business where you want it to go.”
Customer Service Manager
Dustin Reynolds started his career in computer technical support, obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology and completing the required testing to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator.It was during this time that Dustin was introduced to Multicam Northwest (now Applied Cutting Solutions), and became captivated by machine tool technology.
For the last 15 years, Dustin has serviced equipment in the Sign & Graphics, Fabrication, Boat Building, and Aerospace industries, and commands a wide range of knowledge regarding router, knife, and plasma equipment troubleshooting and operation.As the Service Manager for ACS, Dustin has installed well over 200 platforms – ranging from 4ft x 4ft to 10ft x 50ft gantry platforms. Dustin has also worked with hundreds of different companies within the Northwest to keep their machinery maintained and in full production.
Recently Dustin has become one of the face of ACS, having produced and presented in many of the company’s tutorial videos in order to provide ACS customers the training and support that they deserve.Throughout the years, Dustin has developed many best practices for processing a variety of materials, and uses this database of knowledge to assist the ACS customer base – especially when unique challenges are presented.
Customer Service Technician
From Legos to CNCs!
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, José Barajas was impressed at an early age by fast-paced advancements in technology as he progressed through high school and then college. As a student in Engineering Technology, José learned a variety of skills and methods ranging from CAD design to lean manufacturing.
José became very intrigued with the concept of equipment automation and the broad range of capabilities and benefits such technology could offer. He has applied this knowledge at several companies, helping to improve their quality as well as work flow productivity.
As a member of the ACS service team, José continues to develop his knowledge base and grow in the field, providing hands-on as well as consultation solutions that support a wide range of clients’ process improvement.
Zach, having spent his life in both Alaska and Washington has a passion for exploring the outdoors and, thanks to his families roots and experiences in these areas has been exposed to many local manufacturing and fabrication industries.
After graduating from Edmonds Community College with an associate degree in material sciences and technology, Zach was quick to follow one of his passions and started working in the manufacturing / Fabrication Industries. Zach’s education and experiences have allowed him to work with 5 and 3 axis CNC machines, thermoforming machines, autoclaves, roto molders, CNC lasers, press brakes, CAD, lean manufacturing and 3D Modeling & Printing.
His background in material sciences and technology, his experiences working for a leading Steel Service Fabricator and a Trailer Manufacturer has exposed him to the latest technology and materials used by the automotive, aerospace, architectural and fabrication industries.
Zach self describes himself as a “Jack of all Trades” as his interests, education and career choices, to date, have specializes in innovating manufacturing processes to produce quality parts in an efficient way, utilizing automation and lean manufacturing wherever possible. This includes one off prototypes or full production runs.
Zach enjoys staying up to date with the latest methods and innovations in industry and applying them to new productive solutions and problems that increasing value added and profitability.