Next week, Pack Expo will have a special exhibit called Pack to the Future. Visitors will journey through the evolution of packaging and processing. You will get to explore how packaging developed as civilizations and trade evolved, how the industrial and scientific revolutions led to rapid innovations and mass production and how the digital revolution is shaping the future of packaging.
This exhibit will include several historic packaging machines dating from the late 1890s to the late 1970s. One of the historical machines exhibited will be a replica of a 1940’s NJM Pony Label Rite, which we are very excited about.
Undoubtedly, NJM’s introduction of the Pony Label Rite labeler was one of the most significant events in NJM’s history. It represented NJM’s inroads into the pharmaceutical industry, particularly when major pharmaceutical companies began purchasing them for their pharmaceutical packaging needs. The Pony Label Rite labeler applied a microfine coat of adhesive to the labels and positioned the labels exactly where the label needed to be placed. Without glue oozing out from the sides of the label, this eliminated the need to manually inspect the finished product packaging, pharmaceutical or otherwise.
The Model 86MLX Pony Label Rite 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® helped cement NJM’s expertise in the packaging industry.
The original selling price of the machine was $500. Over 30,000 Label Rite machines were manufactured!
See the replica of this special machine at the Pack to the Future exhibit in the North Hall, N-11030. And, of course, come visit NJM’s booth in the Central Hall at C-3514.