Buehler was founded 1936 by Adolph I. Buehler, a Swiss immigrant who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the USA. Starting with a product line consisting of optical inspection instruments, a mounting press and a polisher, seventy years later Buehler is now well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions.

Based in Lake Bluff, IL, Buehler has been an active exporter for much of its history and has more than 40 years experience operating in Asia and Europe.

Buehler expanded into Europe in 1963 and in 1979 Buehler products started selling in China. Buehler has continued its international expansion and now operates in 65 countries.

In 2006, Buehler was acquired by Illinois Tool Works (ITW), a global industrial company. The acquisition by ITW brought additional resources and expertise to Buehler's portfolio, enhancing its capabilities in materials testing, specimen preparation, and metallography.

Products :

  • Sectioning
  • Mounting
  • Grinding & Polishing
  • Imaging & Analysis
  • Wilson® Testers

ITW Buehler, a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), is a leading provider of materials preparation and analysis equipment. Their comprehensive range of products, commitment to innovation, and dedication to customer support have established them as a trusted partner in scientific research, quality control, and industrial applications related to materials science and metallography.
Buehler Products for high throughput manufacturing

Product Offerings:

  • Materials Preparation Equipment: ITW Buehler specializes in providing a wide range of equipment for materials preparation, including:

    • Abrasive Cutters: Used for sectioning samples to prepare them for further analysis.
    • Mounting Presses: For encapsulating samples in resin mounts for polishing and examination.
    • Grinding and Polishing Machines: Used to prepare metallographic samples to obtain a smooth surface for analysis.
    • Hardness Testing Equipment: Instruments for measuring the hardness of materials, such as Rockwell and Vickers hardness testers.
    • Consumables: Alongside equipment, ITW Buehler offers a range of consumables such as abrasive discs, polishing cloths, and mounting resins.
  • Analytical Equipment: In addition to materials preparation equipment, ITW Buehler offers a range of analytical instruments for:

    • Metallography: Used to study the microstructure of metals and alloys.
    • Hardness Testing: Instruments for precise measurement of material hardness.
    • Image Analysis: Software and systems for analyzing images of materials and specimens.
    • Electrolytical and Electrochemical Equipment: Used in corrosion studies and other electrochemical applications.


  • Scientific Research: ITW Buehler's equipment is widely used in universities, research institutions, and laboratories for scientific research across various disciplines.

  • Quality Control: Industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, and materials manufacturing rely on ITW Buehler's equipment for quality control and assurance.

  • Industrial Applications: In manufacturing processes, ITW Buehler's products play a crucial role in ensuring the quality and reliability of materials used in production.