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Rota Skipper
www.rotaskipper.com / Headquarters: South Holland, Ill. / Employees: 20
Clifford Fitch III, CEO: "We are problem-solvers and not just focused on one industry."

Midwest

Midwest in the Chicagoland area,
Wisconsin and Indiana."

Full Capabilities

ceo cliff fitch iii (left) and operations
manager joel swidergal monitor the
final testing of machines.

Complete Offerings
rota skipper's technology and experience allow it to
offer a full complement of services. by eric slack
In its more than 45 years in business, Rota Skipper has demonstrated an ability to continuously evolve.
The company has been machining
parts since its earliest days, and
today Rota Skipper is a fully integrated machining, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and ULcertified panel shop. The company
can serve clients whether they are in
need of only one of its services or if
they need a complete system
designed, manufactured, programmed and assembled.
"We are a multifaceted company
because we have our own mechanical
and electrical engineering capabilities along with a full machine shop,"
CEO Clifford Fitch III says. "We can
do just mechanical, electrical, repair
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work or contract machining, but we
can do so much more and build a
complete system."
One of Rota Skipper's main claims
to fame is its Pizzamatic Corp. division. For more than 30 years,
Pizzamatic has designed and manufactured fully integrated pizza-topping lines and has been serving the
food processing equipment needs of
many customers. Its pizza topping
and processing machinery is used on
production floors around the world.
"Because we have our own product line for the foodservice industry
and our vast capabilities, we have
done work for clients throughout
the U.S. and in other countries,"
Fitch says. "The heaviest concentration of our work takes place in the

In its machine shop, Rota Skipper has
everything from manual machines to
state-of-the-art CNC machining. Its
CNC machining is programmed with
offline CAM software, which allows
Rota Skipper to use customers' files
for programming, as well as DWG
files and most solid model files. The
company can machine parts whether
small or large, and it has 4th axis
rotary table capabilities. The company understands how to machine a vast
array of materials while maintaining
tight tolerances.
As for its mechanical engineering
department, it uses SolidWorks CAD
software for the design process. Rota
Skipper can develop anything from a
single part to a complete system that
involves numerous parts.
Rota Skipper's electrical engineering department has deep knowledge
of PLC programming and Allen
Bradley products. It can integrate
PLCs with vision systems, servos and
VFDs in order to network small to
large systems together.
Within its UL-certified panel shop,
Rota Skipper can build small to large
panels that are neatly constructed and
well labeled. The panels can be built
onto a subpanel or fully wired into an
enclosure box. The panels are shipped
with a complete set of schematics documenting the entire panel.
"We started as an engineering firm,
but we saw that we needed our own
machining capabilities so we could
control our own destiny," Fitch says.
"We use CAD software for engineering and CAM for CNC machining
because we think it allows us to be
more efficient in engineering and
enhances ties between engineering
and machining."
The strengths of each of Rota
Skipper's departments can be combined for clients in need of a full


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