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German In-Die Feeding/Fastening Company
Sets Up Shop in Illinois

Friday, May 24, 2002
Rifast Systems GmbH has established a limited liability company (Rifast Systems LLC) at the cold-heading plant of ATF Inc. in Lincolnwood, IL. Rifast supplies complete turnkey fastening systems consisting of a feeder, punching heads and fasteners. Its systems can stake bolts and studs at up to 60 strokes/min. and nuts at up to 80 strokes/min. The new company is headed by Mitchell Waters, president, and Richard Epling, technical director. Learn more at

Conveyors On-Line

Friday, May 24, 2002
QC Industries, Batavia, OH, has launched, a website that helps users determine which conveyor style works best for a particular application. QC offers low-profile conveyors, angled-frame conveyors, corrosion-resistant models and timing-belt styles. Sizes range from 2- to 60-in. widths, to 100-ft. lengths and operate at up to 2000 ft./min. Use the website to request literature and locate a distributor.

Orchid Acquires Material-Handling Provider

Thursday, May 23, 2002
Orchid Automation, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, manufacturer of metal-stamping automation equipment, has acquired IM Engineered Products, Ltd.. IME produces large material-handling equipment for automotive assembly, end-of-line press-automation systems, rack handling automation, turntables, specialty conveyors and heavy-duty material-handling automation. Orchid, manufacturer of systems for quick die change, automated storage and retrieval, blank loading and destacking, and servo in-press part transfer, eyes the acquisition as a to provide turnkey press automation packages.


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