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SteelBoss to Power Ravinia Metals Group Website

Monday, July 22, 2002, an e-commerce exchange website for the steel industry, has contracted with Ravinia Metals Group to build a website for the Lincolnshire, IL, distributor of flat-rolled products. This is the first private website based on SteelBoss technology. It enables companies to expand their supply chains and maintain better contact with customers and vendors, according to SteelBoss officials, who hope to build dozens of these private sites for other companies by year’s end. For more on capabilities of private sites such as Ravinia’s, which are linked seamlessly to, visit

IMC Corp. Gains ISO Registration

Monday, July 22, 2002
Indianapolis-based metalformer IMC Corporation has been certified to ISO 9001-2000 standards. IMC serves major manufacturers in the medical, electronic and appliance industries, producing precision sheetmetal and small machined parts and assemblies. Its 70-plus employees operate laser-cutting machines, CNC punching machines and bending equipment, and build and run hard tooling. The firm is online at

RIMS Fastening Systems
Becomes RIFAST Systems LLC

Friday, July 19, 2002
RIMS Fastening Systems has changed its name to RIFAST Systems LLC. The company, with Mitchell J. Walters as president and Richard Epling as technical director, is introducing its in-die fastening system and fasteners to potential customers in North America. It is located in the 190,000-sq.-ft. Lincolnwood, IL, cold-heading plant of ATF Inc., a company which helped bring the technology from Germany, where the RIMS system was developed. More than 135 systems worldwide employ this fastening method. Major customers include DaimlerChrysler, BMW, Volkswagen/Audi and Magna Intl. The complete turnkey system includes a feeder, punching heads and fasteners. The system can stake bolts/studs at the rate of 60/min. and nuts at 80/min. within the stamping die, an advantage over employing secondary fastening operations. For more, visit


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