Washington, D.C. 20549

                                    FORM 8-K

                                 CURRENT REPORT

                       Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
                       The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

       Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 2, 2003

                                 ADE CORPORATION
             (Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

   Massachusetts                  0-26714                          04-2441829
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(State or other jurisdiction    (Commission                      (IRS Employer
 of incorporation)              File Number)                Identification No.)

                                  80 Wilson Way
                          Westwood, Massachusetts 02090
          (Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

                                 (781) 467-3500
              (Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Item 12.  Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

         On September 2, 2003, ADE Corporation issued a press release reporting
its financial results for the quarter ended July 31, 2003. The press release is
attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.

         The information in this Current Report on Form 8-K and the Exhibit
attached hereto shall not be deemed "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") or otherwise subject to the
liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in
any filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or the Exchange Act, except as shall
be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

                                  EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit No.       Description
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99.1              First Quarter 2004 Earnings Release dated September 2, 2003.


         Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                       ADE CORPORATION

                       By:  /s/ Brian C. James
                            Brian C. James
                            Executive Vice President, Treasurer and Chief
                            Financial Officer

Date:   September 2, 2003