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Help us welcome Christopher M. Russell, Gulton’s new Manufacturing Manager to our team


Help us welcome Christopher M. Russell,
Gulton’s new 
Manufacturing Manager to our team




January 30, 2018, South Plainfield, New JerseyGulton, Incorporated announced today the addition of Christopher M. Russell in the role of Manufacturing Manager to the Gulton team.


Mr. Russell comes to Gulton, Inc. with over 25 years of experience in Manufacturing Management, Process Improvement and Change Management with positions held at such prestigious companies as Steris, Nice Pak, Lockheed Martin and Stryker.   Chris is a SixSigma Greenbelt and Lean practitioner.  


Chris will be responsible for leading the printhead manufacturing operations here at Gulton.  This will include all aspects associated with Gulton safety, quality and delivery.   Chris has held titles from Plant Manager, to Operations Excellence Leader to Global Operations Lean Specialist and Trainer.  No matter what the title, Chris’ experience hones in on the manufacturing process, instituting changes that lead to more efficient, productive practices, higher quality products and improved, more effective operations.


We’re excited to have Chris join us here in South Plainfield and hope that you’ll extend him a warm welcome as he begins his journey here at Gulton.  Chris can be reached at 908-791-4622, ext. 159 or be email at crussell@gulton.com.  

Gulton, Inc: A brief history of the company from owner, Om Srivastava

Gulton, Inc: …
A brief history of the company from owner, Om Srivastava

Eighty years ago, Dr. Leslie Gulton and his wife, Edith Gulton founded Gulton, Inc.  Located in Metuchen, New Jersey, Gulton manufactured a variety of electronic components and products that included prismatic Nicd battery cells, temperature controllers, cigarette lighters, flashlights and radios … and, eventually thermal printheads.  In fact, Gulton developed the first thermal printhead back in 1972 for use by the federal government.  That was a very fitting start for the only U.S.-based manufacturer of thermal printheads.

The company grew exponentially and in 1986, Mark IV took control of Gulton in a hostile takeover.  The company sold six Gulton divisions to the Danaher Corporation in 1993.

Om Srivastava went to work for Gulton in the Schiller Park area of Illinois back in 1964.He spent 14 years in Chicago leading the engineering function for Temperature Controllers.  He was transferred to Warwick, Rhode Island where he spent another 3 and a half years and finally, was promoted to Vice President and General Manager and was moved to New Jersey where he was put in charge of printhead manufacturing.

Back then, the Danaher printhead division was primarily manufacturing printheads for the OEM market.  This was not proving to be a lucrative strategy and Danaher was looking for bids to sell the division.  Om presented a proposal to Danaher to change courses and manufacture aftermarket product for the thermal printing marketplace.  The company didn’t share that vision.  Om purchased the division from his employers in 2002 and he’s been at the helm ever since.

Upon taking the lead at Gulton, Om steer the company in a different direction, fulfilling his vision of Gulton as the leading manufacturer of aftermarket thermal printheads.  That vision still remains as he consistently seeks to expand Gulton’s reach to more end users and distributors and extend the company’s growth to new markets and industries.

Om’s strategy proved to be successful for the company, as under his leadership, Gulton has grown into the healthy, thriving leader in thermal printhead manufacturing. 

Did you ever wonder exactly what that dark line is at the top of a thermal printhead?

Did you ever wonder exactly what that dark line is at the top of a thermal printhead?Printhead Heater Line AM63

It’s a question Gulton engineers get all the time and it has a simple answer.


It is the heater line.


It’s actually what allows a thermal printer to print.  The heater is broken into hundreds of dot segments, usually 200 or 300 dots per inch.  Each heater segment can be activated separately, on or off, hundreds of times per second.  The paper, or label or transfer wax, media moves under the printhead heater line.  The media is activated to change color by heat under each tiny dot heat source in less than a 200th of a second.


The result with hundreds of individual heater dots is a rastered 2 dimensional pattern of thousands of dots per second.   Each dot, either printing dark or light depending if the heater segment if hot or cold, prints at several inches per second, in some cases over 10 inches per second.


That one thin line on top of your printhead is a powerhouse of thermal printing.


Needless to say, the line gets incredibly hot while it’s doing its job so it isn’t advisable to touch the ceramic surface during or immediately after printing.  In addition, this heater lines needs to be kept clean. Any dirt which collects on or near it this line will affect the print pattern.   Sometimes, one or more of the heater dots can fail.   Often this can be to poor cleaning, mechanical mishandling which scratches the heater area, or simple the end of life of the printhead.   The best way you can ensure maximum printhead life is to pay close attention to proper care and cleaning.  We’ll address that in our next issue, so stay tuned.