Ripley opens sales office in China; transitions Clauss brand to Miller brand

Ripley Co., Cromwell, Conn., will transition the Clauss brand of tools to its Miller brand name by January 2007. In 2004, Ripley acquired the fiber optic, electronics and telecommunication product lines of Clauss brand tools. Because Ripley's Miller brand of tools continues to serve the same markets, Ripley will incorporate all Clauss branded tools under the Miller brand and eliminate any further use of the Clauss brand name.

This is a brand change only. No tools will be removed from the product line. For ordering purposes, all part numbers and descriptions will remain unchanged. The No-Nik sub-brand will continue in use unchanged.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer of cable-preparation tools is opening a sales office in Shanghai, China, in a move to position itself for the tremendous infrastructure growth occurring in China.

“With such rapid market growth and the increasing requirement for local support, it was obvious we needed to expand our presence in China,” said Tom Lindenmuth, Ripley's vice president and general manager. “We were very fortunate to find some exceptional people, and we look forward to the increased support they will provide to our OEM and distributor partners as they grow their businesses.”

For more information, please contact Ripley customer service at (800) 528-8665 or by e-mail at info@ripley-tools.com.

Schneider Electric launches expanded automation repair services

Automation customers now have a single source for repair or replacement of automation and control equipment. Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., recently launched expanded expert repair services for more than 120,000 products from more than 2,500 manufacturers through its Telemecanique automation and control repair services.

Among other services, the expanded offering provides industrial end users with service for products from multiple vendors of AC and DC drives, servo drives and motors, HMIs, automation equipment, PLCs and metering equipment.

For more information on Telemecanique automation and control repair services, or to order a 430-page catalog, visit www.us.telemecanique.com/repair or call (800) 468-5342.

Halco Lighting opens fourth distribution center

To provide customers with faster delivery, Halco Lighting, Norcross, Ga., has opened a fourth U.S. distribution center. Its new Cleveland warehouse positions the lamp manufacturer to better serve its customers in the north and Midwest. Its three other distribution centers are located in Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix.

Halco Lighting manufactures a complete line of lamp types designed for residential, industrial/commercial and special lighting applications. At each distribution center, all orders placed by 2 p.m. local time will be shipped the same day. For more information, contact Halco at (800) 677-3334 or visit the company's Web site at www.halcolighting.com.