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The Role of the Wholesale Distributor and What We Do

The marketplace is an intricate web. There are plenty of moving parts that make all of the consumer and business to business market work on a day to day basis. Part of that web is the role of the wholesaler, which is what we do here at Wisco Supply. A wholesaler has an important role in the marketplace. The whole concept of wholesale, of course, is changing in many ways due to eCommerce and giant companies like Amazon. This doesn’t always affect our industry directly, but we thought we’d take a look at how wholesalers work in general and take a look at the marketplace.  

The wholesaler means that we are close to the manufacturer in the supply chain. The companies that produce and make the boilers, air systems, and pumping systems are working directly with us as the first part of the supply chain that distributes their manufactured goods into the market and where they need to go. As we get the products from the manufacturer we can connect directly with licensed retailers, customers, and sometimes the consumer themselves.  Wholesalers can provide direct access to products that certain industries need. 

Interestingly enough, wholesales or the concept of the wholesaler has been around for a long time. Even in early trading and when people were just opening up the markets and exchanging goods over a wide marketplace, the wholesales was a necessary part of the supply chain. This is because manufacturers concentrate on one thing: manufacturing. They are in charge of creating the necessary equipment or goods that they are good at. Therefore, they need the wholesaler to take the merchandise and open it up to the market and get it to the end user. The manufacturers need the rest of the commerce chain to inject it and get it flowing into the market. 

The Expertise of the Wholesaler 

One important concept about the wholesaler is that they have expertise on the matter. Here at Wisco Supply, we have experts in some of the products that we stock and make sure that our experts can provide you, the business that needs the product, with the up-to-date and accurate information on what you are purchasing. Part of our job as a wholesale distributor is to communicate the necessary information about the product and ensure that customers are educated on what they are purchasing, as well as having a direct line to the manufacturer. 

Different Types of Wholesalers 

There can be different types of wholesales out there, each with their defined purpose and ways of interacting with the market. Some might say that the three main types of wholesales include: merchant wholesalers, agents brokers and commission merchants, manufacturer sales branches and offices. The most common type is the merchant wholesaler which is also known as the distributor, supply house, wholesaler. These are most common because they obtain their products directly from the manufacturer and then resell the products to business or retailers. In this case, this type of wholesaler has an established relationship with the manufacturer and understands deeply the kind of products they carry in order to serve as needed information for the buyer who needs the products. 

Quick Snapshot of Today’s Market

Amazon, for example, is not exactly a wholesaler, although sometimes people put them in that ecommerce category. Amazon would more likely be considered a retailer, as they are selling directly to the customers and consumers at a reasonable price. Ebay, as another example, might be considered more of a wholesaler. Ebay gives you more control over your marketing and the way that you sell your products. So some of the places we interact with as consumers use this model to interact with their customer base. 

The Wholesaler in the Wider Market

Wholesale distribution is responsible for a hefty chunk of the U.S economy. Over 300,000 distributors do about $3.2 trillion worth of business in the U.S every year. According to the U.S Census Bureau for August 2018, wholesale distribution trade is responsible for about $500 billion in sales of goods worth about $600 billion. 

Get Supplies You Need From a Trusted Wholesaler

Wisco Supply has been around since the late 1960s. It was started as an independently owned and operated company. Like many of this country’s wholesalers, it is a privately owned and small business that operates in the community they serve. As our company grew across states, we continued to provide high-quality products to the people that needed it across the Southwest. Today, we serve a wide range of customers that need industrial supplies and products like boilers and pumping systems for their factory, company, or place of business. We strive to provide high quality customer service. 

Four blue industrial pumps are aligned next to each other in an industrial warehouse.

Most people might not give it a second thought. And yet, pumps are the workhorses of industry and are used in many different applications in a wide range of industries. Industrial pumps will be used in oil and gas, petrochemical, food and beverage, and chemical processing industries. At their most basic, pumps help move liquid or air from one place to another. We thought we would take a look at how the pumps came to be. 

Hydraulic pumps help move the liquid through its many components including the motor, cylinders, which then become pressurized. With the use of valves, we control the flow of the liquid. These are necessary parts of many industries. 

Modern Applications 

The pump is a utilitarian machine that generates high levels of pressure. Many pumps can generate pressure that goes up to 800 psi, these are known as high-pressure industrial pumps. When it comes to industrial supplies of pumps, these machines serve a variety of industries like:

Today’s advanced and highly durable pumps and pumping systems make it easy to do heavy-duty jobs that would otherwise be very difficult to do with just human power. They are useful in both domestic and commercial applications and make it easy to do jobs like waste management and the transferring of highly flammable or toxic liquids. 

The Early Versions — Pumping Water for Drinking and More 

The very early versions of pumps came courtesy of the Egyptians, who developed early versions. One was a contraption that used a long suspended rod with a bucket on one end and a weight on the other.  Then came the pump with valves at the bottom, a tank of water in the middle, and a row of pipes on the top. This was the early version of early reciprocating pumps. Reciprocating pumps use pressure to the required application. 

Archimedes, the famous Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer, also had his contribution when it came to the pump. This is the screw pump, which was and is considered a great invention of its time. It’s still used today for many uses including pumping liquids and granulated solids. These kinds of pumps have a spindle that is responsible for the action of the pump. It is a positive displacement pump that can be built with several screws. 

It was about 1593 when the gear pump was introduced. After that, there were several advancements that continued the idea of the gear pump. The rotary gear pump, for example, is still used to lubricate engines. This gear pump was improved on by the German engineer named Pappenheim. 

Let’s fast forward then to the 18th century. The inventor of the steam engine, James Watt, made it possible to convert the piston’s reciprocating motion into rotary motion. In the next couple of decades, the pump would continue to improve. There would be improvements on harnessing steam power to pump engines for municipal water applications. The screw pump will also be improved. Soon, the world’s first all-metal pump is made. 

Pumps into the 20th Century 

As the industrial age comes upon the West, the pump is also changed with it. The Companie Siemens files for the first German patent for liquid ring vacuum pumps and compressors.  Then, there is the turbine pump. With the growth of factories and steel mills, there is the invention of the world’s first line of reciprocating positive displacement pumps. 

The New York Times building installs two Goulds triplex pumps. This accomplishes the highest lifting of water to date. Water goes up to 387 feet. All throughout the 20th century, new types of pumps and pumping systems are invented, as industry and manufacturing grow. 

Pumping During the War and Beyond 

During World War II, when engineering advancements were at high speed, Goulds extra-quiet trim pumps are installed in every US Navy submarine. Because of the war effort, 157 men that worked at the factory went to war and were replaced by 157 women on the manufacturing floor. That year, Goulds won the war for outstanding production of war materials. 

Not long after, in 1954, the world’s first atomic-powered submarine was equipped with Ingersoll-Rand boiler-feed pumps and compressors. 

Choose the Experts in Industrial Supply and Pump Away

Here at Wisco Supply, we provide the most comprehensive and extensive service for private industry and the government sector. We are here to answer your questions regarding our services and supplies. Give us a call today!

Yellow construction mobile crane on a road and tower crane in a construction site.

The world of construction and industry are vast and preoccupied with building, transporting, and moving things. At Wisco Supply, Inc, we specialize in supplying the necessary supplies and materials for some of these tasks to be completed or to keep businesses in operation. We help your business with industrial systems like boiler systems, air systems, and more. Another important part of our product line includes hoists and cranes that allow the movement of materials and other supplies in an industrial and manufacturing facility. 

Fun Facts of Heavy Lifting — A Look at the Crane

The Origins of Cranes and Lifting Heavy Things

From the early structures of civilizations, from the pyramids to stadiums in ancient Rome, human beings have found a way to transfer materials and move them from one place to another. At first, of course, there was a lot more muscle power and complex logistics at play. So, where did the invention of the crane come from? And how has it impacted human history? It’s not something most people think about on a daily basis, but the truth is that cranes and other overhead equipment have really altered the role of history. 

According to some archeological records, cranes were invented by the ancient Greeks. They were used during the construction of the Greek temple. The Romans took the technology and ran with it, as they were highly interested in building large structures, some of which we still see standing today. 

The concept of cranes, of course, is based on physics and increasing the output force. The main difference between the use of cranes in ancient times and today is that back then these systems were supported and powered by human power, a.k.a muscle. Today, machines do the heavy lifting, as innovation in machinery and  It’s quite a wonder to see the many structures that were built without mechanical cranes in history. For example, the majority of stones that make up the Egyptian pyramids have a weight of 2 to 3 tonnes each. Yet, historians have found that Egyptians made use of only the most rudimentary lifting devices. The temple of Amon-Ra at Karnak contains long rows of columns that measure 23 meters in height that support cross-beams at 60 to 70 tonnes each. 

Cranes in the Middle Ages

After the use of cranes by the Romans, this technology kind of fell into dust for many years. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that we begin to see the re-emerging of cranes. There is not a whole lot written about building techniques in the Middle Ages but paintings and artwork have revealed a lot about the kinds of building techniques that people used at that time. In the building of Gothic churches and cathedrals, cranes were likely very involved. In Britain’s Canterbury Cathedral, a treadwheel crane was used for a renovation project in the late twentieth century. 

Added Flexibility in Cranes — Added Possibility for Movement 

Today’s cranes, of course, are far more sophisticated, stable, and make use of technology and fossil fuels to power up. This allows for added flexibility in movement. Most modern cranes can turn their jib 360 degrees and move the load horizontally. Cranes today are also maneuvered from the ground. Moving a load horizontally is an important part of many commercial ventures, which need to carry heavy loads from one place to another in a horizontal direction. The Greek and Roman cranes had very limited horizontal ability. 

Today’s Mechanical Advantage — Lifting for Efficiency 

Any lifting device has a mechanical advantage. This is what allows for our machines—and what allowed early versions of these contraptions— to assist in lifting heavy objects. The mechanical advantage means the power that a machine multiplies as it goes from input to output. The compound pulley changed everything, as it allowed the output power to be increased by several. If you have five pulleys, the mechanical advantage is five times over. 

The World of Over Head Equipment 

As part of our industrial supplies, we supply businesses and warehouses with hoists and cranes that allow for the lifting and moving of heavy objects. Today’s machinery allows people to move something across long distances, or move it horizontally. 

Choose the Best for Your Industrial Supplies 

Wisco Supply, Inc is ready to provide you with high-quality industrial supplies. If you’re looking to move heavy things in your warehouse, factory, or another commercial facility, consider getting your hoist and crane supplies from us. Not only do we provide you what you need, but offer the highest customer service. 

The Importance of the Industrial Supplier to Your Business

an industrial facility at sunsetA great business runs on efficiency and trusted relationships. If you’re in the manufacturing industry, there is a good chance your business depends on some outside influences like the quality of the materials and supplies that you might need to do your job.  Today, thanks to recovering demand for manufacturing, the role of the supplier is once again an important factor for the industry. As the demand for these supplies and systems rises, we are here to support businesses with their supply needs. 

Whether it is a company in the private sector or a government-run agency, ensuring the quality of the supplier can certainly make your day-to-day easier and more manageable. We thought we’d take a look at the importance of the supplier and how they play a role in your business.

When searching for a supplier, your job is to look for someone who will meet the requirements in terms of cost, quality, and deadlines. Finding the right vendor and the quality supplies you need, is key to the operation of your organization. The supplier to the business relationship is one often discussed with people who help business owners improve their operations. Most companies worry about fostering customer relationships and that’s absolutely necessary, but thinking about the relationship with your supplier can also help your business. 

So what are some of the qualities that make a good industrial supplier? 

Timely delivery of quality materials

Time and quality are two very important concepts in any business. As a supplier, we love to get to know our customers and understand their needs and their special circumstances. It’s why we ensure that all of our deliveries or necessary business is done in a timely manner with nothing less than excellent quality standards on all materials. 

Transparency and knowledge of their industry and products

When dealing with a supplier that is going to provide to you with complicated and highly technical machinery and supplier like boiler systems, air systems, hoist and crane systems, and pumping systems, you need someone that understands the industry and will be able to answer questions and make educated recommendations. 

A partner with a focus on quality and service

When your supplier understands the industry and the products they are selling, they will provide you with quality materials but service as well. Here at Wisco Supply, we do maintenance as well, as our technicians are all very well versed in all of our products. And so when something goes wrong or malfunctions or you have questions on what you have purchased, it is important to know that the service of your supplier is consistent and immediate.  We are always standing by to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the products that they’ve purchased. 

The Role of the Supplier in the Big Picture 

As an industrial supplier, our customers are largely business owners in the private sector and government agencies that require of industrial supplies for their installations, projects, facilities, headquarters, and so forth. And while the supplier himself is not often thought about when it comes to the big picture of commerce and business, the truth is that we play an important role in the functioning of other people’s business as we are the gateway from the doors of the manufacturer to the doors of the business. So our role in the supply chain is vital so other businesses can function the way they need to and maintain consistent operations. 

In this way, we are kind of behind the scenes and provide a necessary service that, when operated effectively, will pass on the benefits to the business itself. In other words, if our supplies are delivered on time, function well, and last a long time then this will have a positive impact on your business. 

A Product Overview of What We Offer 

Our focus is on industrial supplies. When it comes to what a large facility or commercial building might require, the needs are many. From anything to boilers, pumps, and piping systems, these are all essential components that are not often seen on a day to day basis. If we do our job right, then you don’t have to think about this stuff all that much, as it means everything is functioning properly. 

 All of our materials are of high quality and we offer outstanding customer service. We offer the top brands and manufacturers on all of our products. Some of the products we offer include:

To Supply Your Business, Trust the Experts in Industrial Supplies 

We have been supplying businesses with important industrial supplies since the late sixties when our company began. Here at Wisco Supply, we take our role in the supply chain quite seriously and always aim to deliver excellent service and quality materials. Ever since we first opened our doors, our focus has been on assisting businesses in the manufacturing and industrial realms to have good running systems and operations. 

a technician checking a level on a pumping serviceA pump has a very specific purpose. Even the early pumps in ancient civilizations and early Western cultures used the pump to dispel liquids. The early pumps were a type of bucket tied to a rod and were used to raise water from deep wells. This was early proof that human beings have searched for ways to transport water. The idea is the same. A pump is necessary to circulate liquids through a pumping system and even in the most intricate commercial pumping systems, this is still the case. Pumping systems are essential for a variety of functions. Whether they are needed to clear out sewage or to carry fuel oil, the quality and material are key to investing in a good pump system. 

The early days of pumps started in Mesopotamia and ancient Greece. These advanced civilizations were not only good in improvements in medicine and early philosophy, but their contribution to building, architecture, and irrigation systems were also significant. Screw pumps were early versions but were so practical that they are still used today in third world countries or places where there is no electricity. 

During the Enlightenment, inventions in hydraulic science emerged and rekindled the interest and need for pumping systems. Slowly, new types of pumps came out of the woodwork. These include the gear pump, centrifugal pump, savery pump, axial flow pump, electromagnetic pumps, and submersible pumps. 

Centrifugal pump was invented in 1698 by inventor Denis Papin, a Frenchman. The centrifugal pump is motor-driven that creates a suction force and pulls water through its system. The submersible pump was invented in the 1900s and perfected as the demands of the modern world required long-lasting and resistant pumps. 

Why Quality Pump Systems Matter 

This is a no brainer, of course. Pumping systems are essential for the day-to-day workings of many structures and buildings. Particularly in commercial buildings, pumping systems must be kept up and maintained so there are no leaks, clogs, or breaks that cause extensive damage. 

Get Your Pump Materials and Pumping Systems With Wisco Supply

Whether you are looking for submersible pumps, sewage pumps, high-pressure pumps, fuel oil or pressure powered pumps, we got you covered. Call Wisco Supply, Inc for your pump needs. If you have questions about the best system to get or specifics pertaining to your particular needs. Give us a call!

The Industrial Bolier equipment ; close up

No matter what commercial or industrial industry you work in, you’ll probably need a boiler and boiler system. Boilers at the commercial level are much more complex than on their residential counterparts, though they operate on the same premises. As a result, it is crucially important to get the right components for you and your business. We at Wico Supply Co. want to use this article as a guide for commercial clients in need of a boiler system. 

  1. Your Facility’s Needs – Different types of facilities are going to have differing requirements for boiler systems. A university, laundromat, and hospital are all going to have different needs, and it’s best to chart out your expected heating and steam needs before buying a system. Our experts can help determine what is best for you.
  2. Cost and Efficiency – Once you’ve determined what you’ll need, then cost can be factored in. How efficient do you need your boiler to be? What is your budget for maintenance? How much space will you have allotted for a boiler? These are all questions that can be used to narrow down what you’d like to purchase.
  3. Explore Several Products – After answering all those questions, you should narrow down a few systems that fit your needs and means to compare them. Our experts can also help to chart the pros and cons before settling on one product. Don’t rush the decision, be sure to shop around. 

Wisco Supply Co for All Your Boiler Needs 

Wisco Supply Co. has a large boiler base that you can explore and ask questions about. Contact us today to determine what is best for your business! 

Helical and Rotary Blower: What’s the Difference?

Here at Wisco Supply Inc, we have everything you’ll need for your air system. We’ve got valves, compressors, lubricators, regulators, pumps, and many more types of components you may need for your operation. We even have lobe blowers; helical and rotary to be exact, but we sometimes get questions about the two. So we’ve decided to give a quick explainer about the differences between a helical and a rotary lobe blower.

Rotary Lobe Blower

First, we should probably touch on what a lobe blower is. A lobe blower is a device that utilizes two or more parallel pistons rotating in differing directions, with a medium (gas or liquid) flowing into, being compressed, an being discharged from the housing. The blower is powered by a motor of some sort, and can usually be set to a determined speed as required. The rotors never touch, despite popular belief, but a smaller gap is ideal. In the case of a rotary blower, the pistons are rotary-shaped, as the name would suggest. They also can convert large amounts of air, bu the psi is typically on the lower end. Rotary lobe blowers are easier to maintain but can be dangerous if there isn’t a safety valve in place. Overall, rotary blowers are simple and useful, but not very efficient and often are quite loud without a silencer. 

Helical Lobe Blower

A helical blower consists of a main rotor and a secondary rotor, with the main rotor resting in the flute of the secondary rotor. Helical blowers are more intricate, but also more efficient and produce higher pressure values than rotary blowers. This efficiency comes with a cost, as they are more expensive on average than rotary blowers, but are great for gas and air. 

No matter what you’re looking for, Wisco Supply Co. has you covered. Call us today to see which blower is right for you! 

The Wonderful World of Industrial Air Systems

Our world runs on efficient organization. This is especially pertinent when it comes to large buildings that require high-grade air systems to keep the interior temperature cool and comfortable for everyone. If you’re in the El Paso area, you’re well-aware of how high temperatures can get. If your industry requires clean, high-quality air in order to run efficiently, then you need an air system that can keep up with everything you throw at it. Thankfully, you won’t have to sweat it because Wisco Supply is here to help. We always provide the best of the best, especially when it comes to our air systems. Keep reading to learn more about what we have to offer.

Brand-Name Products You Can Rely On

At Wisco Supply, we only stock the best of the best. From Airtech to Zander and everything in between, you can rest easy knowing you’ll receive the highest grade products when you choose Wisco Supply. But what exactly goes into creating the most perfect air system for your particular industry? There are plenty of options out there for you to choose from. Making the right decision, however, may seem daunting. Air systems are made up of many different pieces, each one serving a particular need. Air filters, blowers, valves, and compressors are necessary in order for the entire air system to work as effectively as possible.

The Components You Need, All in One Convenient Location

Let’s talk about oil-free air compressors. These units draw in outside air and pass it through a filter in order to make sure it’s clean enough to circulate through the rest of the air system. The air compressors work to cool air down in order for it to be used in any of your applications. This air is crucial in order for your industry to work effectively and we strive to provide the best products and machinery currently available in the market so you can reach success on a regular basis.

Make Sure Your Air System Always Runs Smoothly

Like any other machine, air systems require regular maintenance in order to work to the highest degree possible. This is where Wisco Supply, Inc. goes above and beyond. WE provide the necessary guidance you deserve in order to keep your air system running in tip-top shape. If you need any help or assistance, then give us a call. Our team is ready to point you in the right direction.

Famous Crane and Hoist Systems in Movies

hoist and crane systemAs you probably already know, crane and hoist systems are essential in many industries, from factories and warehouses to hauling and importing/exporting. That is why at Wisco Supply, Inc., we specialize in a number of crane and hoist systems and parts for you to choose from. However, our appreciation doesn’t stop there. Check out these famous crane and hoist systems from some of our favorite movies!

Movie #1: Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Terminator 2: Judgement Day changed the world when T-800 (AKA Arnold Schwarzenegger) sacrifices himself to save mankind. In the end, Sarah Connor uses a hoist system to lower him into a vat of molten steel, where he perishes, teaching the world that if a robot can be compassionate enough to save humankind, so can we.

Movie #2: Jurassic Park

The Jurassic Park movies wouldn’t be the same without some dinosaurs eating some stuff, which is exactly what we get when, in the movie, the raptors are fed by having a cow lowered into their enclosure via a hoist system. The hoist then returns mangled and with no cow present. Feeding dinosaurs would be a lot more difficult if it weren’t for hoist and crane systems.

Movie #3: Scooby-Doo

The Scooby-Doo movie brought our favorite mystery solvers to life in a live-action thrill ride. While the majority of the movie took place on Spooky Island, the beginning of the movie takes place in a factory or warehouse of some sort, where they take down a caped crusader. At one point, Scooby actually rides on a hoist system as he tries to simultaneously escape and capture the bad guy. The ghost also uses a hoist in order to mimic flying. As you can see, hoists are real popular in action scenes.

Movie #4: Monster House

Monster House wouldn’t be the same without that epic crane scene at the end. Imagine being a kid and having to climb to the top in order to defeat a crazed, possessed house that’s literally tearing up your neighborhood? It’s definitely something we don’t recommend you try at home, but it was just enough to make that particular scene as epic as the movie is as a whole.

Contact Wisco Supply Inc. Today!

Wisco Supply Inc. specializes in high-quality crane and hoist systems and other industrial supplies that you may need in your line of work. We distribute reliable parts and systems that you can put your trust in. If you’re in need of new supplies or repairs, give us a call today! We’re happy to help you get situated.

industrial water pumps

Regardless of the type of building, the pumping system and materials used plays a big role in the way that your building runs and whether it runs smoothly. Industrial equipment can be expensive and why it requires regular attention and maintenance. Pumps can fail for many reasons, but keeping a regular check schedule could prevent major problems from happening.

When talking about industrial equipment, a company needs to consider its investment as a long-term deal that is better served with a longer and functional shelf life. When repairing or modifying a pump within a system it’s important to consider that pumps are part of a system and they are only able to perform as well as the system itself.

So when looking at a pump’s function and operation, it’s important to see it in context with the rest of the system. In many cases, the pump’s controls have not been optimized to adjust to the system’s changes over time. Checking the entire system allows the operators to get the most out of the equipment.

Increase equipment life: Just like any other mechanical system of device, frequent checks and operation tests, will ensure that working parts are tested and the overall function of the machine is working properly.

Minimize maintenance costs: Investing in large industrial equipment will always be a significant expenditure, albeit a necessary one. Frequent operation checks, however, will ensure that maintenance costs over time are minimized as parts will be replaced when necessary, problems will be fixed before they become more difficult or ruin other parts of the system.

Energy Considerations: A properly and effectively functioning system will actually help in the reduction of energy consumption. If some part of the pumping system if malfunctioning or lagging, it will slow down the entire operation.

Maximizing Operation Checks

Many times, equipment seems to break down during challenging circumstances when cash is low, production output is high. These unexpected breakdowns prove even more challenging because they require immediate action. This is why preemptively looking for problems and solutions will help to avoid a catastrophic breakdown and forces last minute decision and can have a great economic impact. Maximizing these frequent checks is also ensuring that proper decisions are taken. For example, if there is a pump that seems to have a leak and this requires frequent replacement of the seal, perhaps digging further and finding the source of the leak would be a better long-term solution.

Get the Right Supplies with Wisco

Here at Wisco Supply, Inc, we offer only quality supplies and equipment, so that you know you’re working with reputable parts and materials. If you need to replace or install pumps or any part of a pumping system, we can help in finding the right supplies.

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