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Torque Transmission
www.torquetrans.com / HQ: Fairpoint Harbor, Ohio / Employees: 16 / John W. Rampe,
president: "We've learned to be extremely efficient and effective in how we produce products."

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costs to swell. Torque Transmission
is sensitive to its customers' bottom
lines, which is why the company first
looks to adjust one of its existing
products to meet specifications with
minimal tooling and redesign. "Our
ability to use our standard product
line and modify it as required to meet
the customer's specifications has given us the ability to be extremely versatile," Rampe explains.

Evolving with Market

torque transmission can modify
its standard products for most
customer requirements.

Leaning In

torque transmission works with customers to
meet their every requirement. by tim o'connor
When it comes to manufacturing,
Torque Transmission's customers
have as much of a role in designing
products as the company's own engineers. Before it begins production,
the power transmission components
manufacturer works with customers
to nail down requirements and determine what materials and design would
best fit the need.
President John W. Rampe says the
process boils down to learning the
customer's need and figuring out
what Torque Transmission must do
to help solve their problem. "For us to
design the best possible product, we
need to work in tandem with their design group," he says.
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Sometimes those collaborations
help Torque Transmission realize a
demand in the market and a custom
component becomes a permanent
part of its product lineup. About 70
percent of the company's sales come
from its standardized timing pulleys,
roller chain sprockets, gearboxes,
multi-v pulleys, and thrust bearings,
the remaining thirty percent is specially made for the customer. "If you
can't find what you're looking for
in our standard product line, let us
know because most times we're able
to modify our standard product to fit
your needs," Rampe says.
Using custom components can
sometimes cause manufacturing

Rampe's grandfather John F. Rampe
and great uncle Charles Rampe founded Rampe Manufacturing Co., the
company that would become Torque
Transmission, in 1947. It began as a tool
and die shop for the emerging plastics
industry but over time expanded to include the production of capital equipment vibratory and tumbling metal
finishing machines. The Torque Transmission division was started in 1957 for
the purpose of creating components
for its machinery line. Changes to the
market forced Rampe Manufacturing
Co. to gradually shed its other divisions leaving only Torque Transmission and its sole focus, power transmission components.
Today, Torque Transmission is ISO
9001:2008 certified and a member of
the Mechanical Power Transmission
Association. With an established reputation for quality and customer service, Rampe sees his family's company
as the go-to place for manufacturers
who cannot find exactly what they
are looking for. "Our goal is to design a product that meets all of their
requirements and is easily manufactured to keep costs low," he says.
The company supplies components
for a range of items in the automotive
aftermarket, medical, home healthcare,
industrial and robotics industries. Its
products can be found in everything


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