About Rando Machine Corporation
The Rando advantage
The key to our success-and yours-is Rando’s time-tested, proven technology combined with over 60 years of experience building machinery to process even the most challenging non-woven fibers.
Quality and consistency
Rando Webbers produce webs that are uniform in weight and loft, and have consistent edge quality. We achieve this unsurpassed web quality and strength through true random fiber orientation.
Rando continuously invests time and money in the quest for improvement and innovation. In the past five years, we have redesigned most machines in the Rando-Web® Process, allowing us to process more fiber faster. This makes it easier for our customers to maintain their machines.
Your only source for both high loft with a “shingling effect” and thin webs
Rando’s unique use of airflow technology and customized internal machine components produces an unmatched isotropic fiber orientation with most fibers. This technology allows us to produce both “high loft” heavy weight non-woven webs, with our signature “shingling effect”, along with very thin light weight webs. Our competitors’ non-woven machines usually produce one or the other-high loft or thin web, but not both.
Exclusive technology: shingling effect
Rando is the only manufacturer capable of producing our unique “shingling effect.” This creates a high loft web, with the fibers predominantly vertically layered to maintain its integrity. Perfect for:
- Mattress batting
- Automotive soundproofing applications
Recycling capability saves you money
Rando machines are exceptionally effective at recycling scrap material from the manufacturing process. With our machines, you will be able to reintroduce the “trim” back into the manufacturing process to save virgin fiber. Bottom line: lower cost for your product without reducing quality. Even better: eliminate the costs of disposing the scrap produced in the manufacturing process.
Support before, during, and after the sale
We’re with you every step of the way. From pre-build consultation and application testing of your fibers to determine your requirements to installation supervision and long-term service and support, Rando is committed to your success.
Rando is poised to grow by leaps and bounds into the next decade.
Non-woven consumption continues to grow around the world. Two reasons:
- Innovative new products that require a non-woven structure.
- Increased awareness of recycling and “going green,” which has increased demand for non-woven products
There has never been a better time to contact Rando to learn how we can help you grow your business too.
The Rando team is made up of a highly experienced and dedicated work force with decades of experience. For nearly 60 years, Rando employees have been delivering the highest quality non-woven machinery to make the highest quality non-woven products in the world.
Rando’s corporate management team has the expertise and managerial resources to lead the company into the future. Corporate management has made great strides in reshaping the company’s future – one that has never looked brighter.
Michael Flaherty, President
Greg Moran, Director, Business Development
Applications and Service
Rando’s dedicated engineering services team is available to answer questions, design and layout your solution, and provide on-site installation supervision.
William Hardy, Sr. Service Technician & Applications Specialist
Laboratory Testing Service
Walter May, Lab Supervisor & Service Technician
Inside Sales, Parts, Traffic and Shipping
Our staff responds quickly – in real time – by phone or email to handle your requests and expedite your parts and shipping needs.
Sherry Love, Inside Sales, Parts and Traffic/Shipping
Global Sales Agent
We have sales agents in most areas of the world. Contact Greg Moran to find the Rando representative nearest you.
A major contributor to conservation of wood and processing chemicals
During World War II, Consolidated Machine Tool Corporation did most of its business in government contracts for machine tools. Great work when you can get it, but in 1943, Consolidated’s president, Arthur A. Ingle, predicted a huge drop in the machine tool business when the conflict ended. So he created a special machinery group to investigate other possibilities for the company. From this research, Ingle decided to develop two ideas.
The first project was a joint development with Price Brothers & Co., Ltd. of Canada, and used Dr. H. S. Hill’s concept of passing newsprint sulfite pulp screen rejects between gyrating plates to mechanically de-fiber them into useful fibers. The process caused the fibers to curl, which improved their strength in the new sheets of newsprint. The “curling” machine gave Rando its original company name: Curlator.
Curlator continued to refine Dr. Hill’s process and the curling machine until they were able to increase production of news sulphite from 45% to 65% yields: a major contribution to the industry and to conservation of both wood and processing chemicals.
We pioneered random air laid technology. The original Rando Webber, circa 1945-1946, is on display at the Smithsonian Institute.
The world’s first air lay machine makes history
The company’s second project was the prototype of today’s air lay machine. The Curlator team built it in 1946 to use a picker lap of shoddy or reclaimed tire cord to produce a random fiber web. It was the first machine in the world designed specifically for the infant formed fabrics industry. This first air lay machine was so important historically it is now in a permanent display illustrating the historical development of textile technology in the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of History and Technology.
From Random to Rando
The corporate name Rando, with its extensive family of trademarks, evolved from the initial air lay machine, which was designed to produce random fiber webs: from random to Rando.
The company shipped the first commercial lap-fed 40-inch Rando Webber on February 27, 1947 from Consolidated Machine Tool Corporation. In 1949, Farrell Birmingham Corporation bought Consolidated and established Curlator Corporation as a separate entity. Eventually, executives changed the name to Rando Machine Corporation.
The future is formed fabrics
Turns out, the uniformity of the lap achieved with the Webber wasn’t sufficient to produce a high quality web structure. So in 1949 the company patented the Rando Feeder air bridge, which yielded a higher quality web structure.
Committed to continued growth, Rando Machine Corporation’s management began to focus on the future of formed fabrics: development of quality products from synthetic fibers. The next innovation was the improved Model 40 Rando Feeder and Webber in the 1950s. This machine efficiently produced high quality webs from 100% synthetics. Demand for wider width machines led to the 84-inch Rando Feeder and Webber the following year.
Rando introduced the Model BS Rando Feeder and Webber machines in 1959 to accommodate developments in the short fiber field. These machines produced a high quality web from 100% pre-fluffed, bleached sulphite fibers.
Diversification in the 1960's
The company diversified in the 1960s. First, Rando purchased Carolina Machinery Co., a manufacturer of special fiber prepatory machinery in Charlotte, NC. Shortly after, the company engineered and installed the first commercial production plant for fiber-to-fiber blending of fibers with dissimilar characteristics.
Big new machines
A few years later, Rando completed the redesign of the Rando B Webber which increased production rates 25% over the previous model. At the same time, demand for even wider webs resulted in the 110 - inch wide Rando Feeder and Webber machines. These larger machines opened doors for the non-wovens industry with the world’s first wide random web structure.
Expanding into Europe
In the early 1970s, to further serve the European and export markets, the company purchased Muller and Wayaffe of Ensival, Belgium, the second largest manufacturer of paper tube machinery in the world. They called the company S. A. Rando and began producing Rando fiber handling equipment along with tube machinery.
New facility back home
Back home, Rando built a new, modern manufacturing facility in Macedon, New York, just outside of Rochester and consolidated all of its New York manufacturing into this one central location.