Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The Circle of Commerce: Parts for Printing Equipment

Diane posting, after a recent visit to the plant that has printed our company’s catalogs for many years. Ripon Printers is a large facility in central Wisconsin that has a full range of coldset and heatset web presses as well as sheetfed equipment. They also have high capacity, specialized bindery equipment, and offer folding, drilling, shrink-wrapping and polybagging services as well.

Needless to say, Ripon has an impressive plant, with lots and lots of machines. As we bided our time between press checks of our new 1,000-page catalog, we looked at some of them. There was a stacking machine nearby, as you see here.

And all over this machine, we spotted J.W. Winco parts! Indeed, the manufacturer of this machine happens to be a customer of ours. It’s not surprising—the printing industry is a major user of the kinds of components we supply.

Certain workings of this stacker are controlled by these GN 324 type handwheels with revolving handles.

Other parts we spotted included our very popular GN 300 adjustable levers and FPKS four-pronged knobs.

It was an excellent example of what I call “the Circle of Commerce.” We are a customer of Ripon Printers, they are a customer of the stacker manufacturer, and the stacker manufacturer is a customer of ours!

Indeed, the world’s commerce is like one big well-oiled machine, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

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