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Orchid Automation Open House
Gives Visitors an Eyeful

Thursday, December 12, 2002
On December 3-4, Orchid Automation hosted an open house of its 57,000-sq.-ft. plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The timing couldn’t have been better, as visitors viewed several large projects in various stages of production, some ready for shipment and others a few weeks from shipment. Among the projects on the shop floor: an in-press three-axis servo part-transfer system (a fourth axis lifts the transfer system out of the for quick die change) for a large double-ram press with combined bolster size of 400 by 132 in.; an end-of-line rack-handling system and a blank destacker/loader for a tandem press line; a press-to-press part-transfer system (60-in. feed stroke) for a four-press tandem line, capable of handling blanks to 41-in. square with a cycle rate up to 11 parts/min.; a five-level AS/RS, with PLC-based master control, for dies as large as 204 by 116 in. and weighing up to 100,000 lb., that boasts a die-change time of 15 min. and stores up to 43 dies; and an end-of-line exit conveyor for large automotive presses with telescoping capability and an integrated inspection light system.

USF Surface Prep. Group
Adds Rocky Mountain Offices

Wednesday, December 11, 2002
USF Surface Preparation Group has expanded its Rocky Mountain presence with new offices in Salt Lake City, UT, and Denver, CO. The new locations serve customers in Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming while supporting 33 other group offices in North America. A division of United States Filter Corp., the group provides surface-preparation equipment, supplies and services. For more, visit

Schneeberger Opens Online Shop
for Linear-Motion Products

Tuesday, December 10, 2002
Schneeberger, Inc., Bedford, MA, has opened its online shop, accessible at Here, customers in the United States and Canada can order all sizes of cross-roller linear bearings, recirculating units, slides, miniature guides and a variety of accessories. Shop highlights include personalized account registration for customers, downloadable Autocad drawings, downloadable catalogs, credit-card payment and the ability to check order status.


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