Who we are

Buehler is a division of Illinois Tool Works (ITW), and is based in Lake Bluff, Illinois.  ITW is a global, Fortune 200 company and global industrial manufacturer of value-added consumables and specialty equipment with related service businesses. Buehler is a premier manufacturer of scientific equipment and supplies for use in materials analysis with offices in nine countries, sales distribution in over 100 countries, and over 45 Buehler Solutions Centers.

Buehler was founded in 1936 by Swiss immigrant, Adolph I. Buehler, who saw a need for metallographic sample preparation equipment and optical inspection instruments for the steel and automotive industries in the Midwest USA.  Today Buehler is well established as the world’s leading supplier of materials preparation and analysis instruments, testing equipment, consumable supplies and application solutions.

For more than 100 years Reicherter, Wolpert, Rockwell and Wilson have designed and manufactured innovative and unique hardness testers.  Today Buehler continues in their path with new designs and technologies to meet growing demands.  In 2011, Wilson Hardness was combined with Buehler to provide a more robust product offering.

Buehler employees and operations are committed to delivering quality and environmentally responsible products guided by ISO 9001 Quality Management Principles and ISO 14001 Environmental Managements Systems.  Buehler innovates solutions and offers expert service and support throughout the materials preparation and analysis market.  

Strong Partner, Reliable Solutions

Our values


Buehler’s mission is to be recognized as the global leader in the materials preparation and analysis industry, providing our users with innovative & robust full-lab solutions, reliable service, support & access to the knowledge that comes from serving the industry for 80+ years. We also strives to achieve our goals following the ITW business model upholding the company values of integrity, respect, trust, shared risk and simplicity at all times.  





Our presence around the world