Ripley Tools, a manufacturer of infrastructure cable preparation and testing tools, announced the launch of the Ripley Labs innovation center, capping a series of multimillion-dollar investments in design tools and flexible, rapid prototyping, and manufacturing capabilities. Ripley Labs provides custom tool engineering and design combined with volume manufacturing capability.
“Ripley Labs enables us to continue to invest in market-leading innovation to fuel manufacturing growth and jobs,” said John Jutila, President and CEO of Ripley Tools. “Our ability to solve unique requirements for cable or equipment suppliers, construction contractors, defense and aerospace, power utilities and telecom or wireless network operators is well established and a distinct competitive advantage,” he added.
Ripley Tools has been awarded 68 patents, with a record number of applications in 2019, and the company works closely with many of the world’s largest cable manufacturers to co-develop new products.
Ripley Tools is known for the UtilityTool “Banana Peeler” and “4x4 Plus” that are popular with power utility lineman. In the broadband market, the Miller F0 103 series precision fiber optic stripper, produced using a proprietary blade machining process, continues to be the gold standard for fiber preparation, and the Cablematic CST series of hardline RF/coaxial coring tools are a field installers top choice. The ODM RP 460 Optical Power Meter is ultra-compact and broadly specified across the North American wireless tower fiber installation market. The company is also the original source of design and manufacture for other brands as well.