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QDC System Set for Rheem Facility in Mexico

Friday, December 14, 2001
Rheem Manufacturing has chosen Lightning Time Savers, Inc., Nicholasville, KY, to provide a turnkey quick-die-change (QDC) system for seven presses at a new Rheem facility in Mexicalli, Mexico. Lightning will provide QDC engineering services and hardware including Optima hydraulic clamps and lifters, Half-Turn mechanical die clamps and Wardcraft Tee-Lift airbag die lifters, two two-tier mobile die carts, one two-station rail cart and several die storage and pre-stage racks. Anticipated startup date is mid-April 2002.

Fagor Arrasate Opens Press-Manufacturing Plant

Friday, December 14, 2001
Fagor Arrasate, based in Spain with U.S. offices in Bensenville, IL, has opened a new plant in Markina, Spain. The 22,000-sq.-ft. plant will produce mechanical presses in capacities to 10,000 kN. To aid manufacture, the plant will employ two 220,000-lb.-capacity overhead cranes and a press-assembly pit measuring 72 ft. long, 23 ft. wide and 13 ft. deep.

Camtek EDM Software Gets Global Sales Boost

Thursday, December 13, 2001
Delcam, a leading UK-based CAD-CAM software developer, has agreed to begin selling, worldwide, wire-erosion software called PEPS Wire EDM, from UK-based Camtek. Using the software allows offline programming of wire-EDM machines from Agie, Charmilles, Hitachi and others. Camtek has U.S. headquarters in Acworth, GA. For more information, log on to


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