NJM Celebrates 2015 Near & Far
Packaging solutions are a challenge and need to be learned with hands on experience for students studying to work in the packaging industry after graduation. At this year’s Pack Expo Las Vegas Show, students were able to take on a real “Pack Solution Challenge” to learn how to evaluate a project, find the right line integration solution and present the results to a panel of judges: all for a scholarship to be used for their continuing education. The students who participated are studying packaging in their respective universities and were hoping to ‘bring home a win’ at the Pack Expo Show.
Cal Poly accepted the challenge to work on this real packaging solution with the assistance of NJM Packaging, a real, total line integrator of tablet, powder and liquid packaging lines in the pharmaceutical industry. Here was the challenge:
Develop a packaging solution for a fictional company: “Innovative Pharmaceuticals Inc.” and its new fast-dissolving over-the-counter product.
Prior to the Pack Expo Show, NJM was approached by several different university teams to assist with their projects and we were excited to provide the solution for these Industrial Technology students. Cal Poly students Jeff Norton, Nick Abbatelli, Patrick Salibi and Rebecca Kisch worked with Dan Lapierre, NJM Packaging’s Vice President, to provide a packaging solution for their project. The team worked for weeks leading up to the show to find the equipment needed for the line, what the special options needed for the project were, the speeds they wanted to run, as well as all the specifications needed to develop a valid, operating line for this project. Dan Lapierre says, “… it was a pleasure working with the Cal Poly team in providing them with a real applicable solution. It was with great joy to find out at the Vegas Show that the panel judges selected Cal Poly as the Winner for 2015.”
So the newest 2016 Future Leaders in Packaging goes to: Cal Poly. Great job all!!
For NJM Packaging, 2010 wasn’t just the year that Simon Cowell and Conan O’Brien went off the air. That year, and the year after it, brought significant changes to the labeling and packaging machine manufacturer, starting with a new plant and culminating in a new acquisition to expand its automation capabilities.
The beginning of the new decade was full of activity for NJM. The new lean manufacturing plant opened in Montreal in 2010. It received LEED certification, meaning that it met standards for being “green.” Additionally, the beltorque™ belt capper was introduced. This new automated capper uses belts to tighten caps, eliminating cap damage and resulting in more consistent torque values. It handles round, square, oval, and rectangular containers and is ideal for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, cosmetics and personal care products.
The next year was just as busy for NJM. In 2011, the company officially changed its name from NJM/CLI International Packaging Systems to NJM Packaging, simplifying the name and reflecting the company’s focus on being a trusted packaging systems intregrator. Read more about our new name. We also acquired Jalbert Automation increasing our engineering capacity to expand the innovative machines our customers require to stay abreast of new developments and regulations in their industries. The acquisition laid the foundation for new cappers, labelers, unscramblers, tablet counters, and countless other machines still in the works.
NJM’s story is far from finished. Find out next month what the company is doing today to meet its customers packaging needs. Until then, catch up on our 100-year history.
The Year 1935 didn’t just mark the debut of the Sugar Bowl and the Orange Bowl. It also marks a significant NJM Milestone in our 100-Year history. That was the year we began following the pharmaceutical industry, helped found the Packaging Manufacturers Machinery Institute (PMMI), and introduced the Pony Label Rite® Labeler, the predecessor for many of our workhorse machines to come. Abbott Labs, which was just then beginning its expansion into the international market, purchased the first Pony Label Rite® labeler for its operations.
In 1933, recognizing the benefits of sharing best practices across the industry, NJM was one of five Charter Members of the brand-new PMMI (Packaging Manufacturers Machinery Institute). Today, the PMMI boasts 700 member organizations, and NJM will remain a charter member throughout its history.
But NJM’s involvement in improving the packaging process didn’t stop there. In 1936, NJM was one of two exhibitors at the AMA National Packaging Expo. Knowing that manual labeling was a problem with many pharmaceutical and other companies, NJM came prepared with a solution to automate and revolutionize the way drugs, cosmetics, and other items would be labeled: the Pony Label Rite® labeler, a machine with a smaller footprint that immediately caught the attention of attendees, including the Karl Voss Division of Shoup Owens Inc., a fine cosmetics manufacturer and now a division of Kiernan-Hughes Company.
Undoubtedly, NJM’s introduction of the Pony Label Rite® labeler was the most significant chapter in our company’s history. It represented NJM’s inroads into the pharmaceutical industry, particularly when Abbott Labs purchased the first one for its pharmaceutical packaging needs. The Pony Label Rite® labeler coated labels with glue automatically and positioned the label exactly where it needed to be placed, without glue oozing out from the sides of the label, thus eliminating the need to manually inspect packaging, pharmaceutical or otherwise.
But the Pony Label Rite® labeler also laid the foundation for the high quality workhorse machines NJM produces today. Its small size introduced the concept of space-saving machines to packaging lines. The Pony Label Rite® labeler helped cement NJM’s expertise in packaging and labeling.
NJM Packaging’s history doesn’t stop here. Stay tuned next month to learn how, while the
January 2015 begins NJM’s Celebration of 100 Years of growth in packaging: a Century, 100 Years, and our Anniversary in the manufacturing of packaging equipment. There are only a few companies who can tout this milestone. Each month of 2015, NJM will showcase a milestone from our 100 Year history. We will introduce you to some of the people who have directed the company to new heights in the industry — some you may even know; we will show you the development of new equipment that was engineered due to changes in the line of products and laws in North America; and we will provide you with a look at how NJM continues to work with our customers to meet their challenging packaging needs. Keep coming back to this Blog: “Not Just Machines” to follow our timeline through history.
Michel Lapierre launches NJM Packaging’s 100 Year Celebration at Pack Expo in Chicago
Our Company began in 1915 in Hoboken, NJ when three experienced men formed the Gefeys Machine Company: William Grupe, Sigurd Severson and Martin Feybusch. These men, who immigrated from Germany, were aware that certain classes of paper box and gluing machinery could no longer be brought in from Europe because of the World War I Atlantic Ocean shipping blockade. That blockade prompted the first automatic gluer for shoe boxes. As years of business continued, William Grupe & Sigurd Severson moved into other industries leaving Martin Feybusch as the inspired sole owner and President. He reorganized and changed the Company’s name to New Jersey Machine Corporation on August 21, 1918.
Feybusch’s aim was to “automate the packaging industry”. It took more than 30 years before that term became a common business term. His background as an importer and manufacturer of paper box and gluing machinery, his technical training as a mechanical engineer, and the ability to deal with people gave him his successful start. He looked for ways to improve paper items such as paper boxes, canisters, window displays, greeting cards and calendars to do many labeling and packaging projects.
The first New Jersey Machine Corporation manufacturing plant was located on 14th and Clinton Street with the first sales office located in the Guardian-Life Building off Union Square in New York City.
Join us again next month (and every month of 2015) as we bring you the second post in our “100 Year Series”. You can also read more about NJM’s History right now.