AUTOCOLT IV® Time-Lapse Video
If you were in Chicago last month at the Pharma Expo Show, you would have seen the famous 326 AUTOCOLT IV pressure sensitive labeler running a round bottle, while using the servo-orienting wrap belt to positon the bottle to apply an outsert on the open area with NJM’s AutoSert placing the outsert on the round bottle. The finished product is a sight; however, what you don’t get to see at a Show and while this workhorse runs on your manufacturing floor, is the machine being assembled over a 5 week period. It is a pretty awesome to see this go from a base of a stainless steel to the finished product. Take a look at the below ‘Time-Lapse Video’ of the machine being assembled in our Montreal plant earlier this year.
This AUTOCOLT IV labeler ran a round bottle while using the servo orienting wrap belt. We applied the label and orientated the container to apply the outsert in the open area. This high speed, servo-driven in-line labeler competes in the market with complex rotary labelers, in speed and versatility, offering much faster and easier changeovers with fewer change parts, reduced maintenance, a smaller footprint and a lower capital cost. The above machine was recently redesigned with some expert options to help you with your machine. These options can be included on new labelers to expand production capabilities. Some of the new options include an Oscillating Pressure Station increasing the speed of applying multi-panel labeling , a Vacuum Free Loop for continuous printing of variable data, a soft reject system for vials, color coded change parts and a linear feeder for outsert magazines. NJM equips the AUTOCOLT IV with a wide variety of standardized modules and options to meet the needs of each application and customizes the labeler to each customer’s requirements. Read more on these options.
NJM Introduces the Mustang® Cold Glue Labeler and AutoColt II
While Saturday Night Fever was winning a Grammy for album of the year 1979, NJM introduced two major packaging machinery releases, two major building expansions, and ended an eight-year time period with a strategic partnership.
The Model 315 Mustang® Labeler was introduced in 1979 as the most successful cold glue labeler offered by NJM Packaging and the forerunner to the Mustang® LFB, which was designed for wine industry labeling and helped expand NJM beyond pharmaceutical packaging and strengthen its position in the food and beverage industry. This machine also laid the way for the Mustang II, a powerhouse compact cold glue labeler that is still sold today. NJM is still selling parts to hundreds of customers that use the Mustang® for their packaging needs.
In the early 1990s, NJM took the very popular 315 Mustang Labeler that had been serving the food and beverage industry and designed a special front and back (LFB) version to label wine bottles. The 315LFB Mustang was sold to many famous vineyards in the Napa valley and Sonoma County regions of California. The machines were even used by bottling companies who would drive a tractor-trailer truck from vineyard to vineyard to bottle the wines at the vineyards so they could be labeled “estate bottled.” NJM offers refurbishing of the Model 315, as well as rebuilds to customers that want to maintain the cold glue labeling process.
NJM Cold Glue Mustang Labeler
NJM didn’t stop with just one technology innovation. In the early 1980s, NJM also introduced the AutoColt, a lower-cost pressure sensitive labeler designed for non-pharmaceutical companies. That evolved into the AutoColt II pressure sensitive labelers ideal for pharmaceutical packaging. The first AutoColt II was sold to Sherman Labs in 1984 and used for labeling contact lens solutions. Both were engineered to ensure less wear parts on the dispensers. As the year of “Not Just Machine Blogs” progress, you will learn more about NJM engineering many different generations of this work horse labeler. The most recent is the Model 326 AUTOCOLT IV Labeler, which is in the 5th generation offering continued versatility, as well as servo-driven labeling.
NJM Model 326 AutoColt II
Next month, we’ll head into the 1990s with a significant merger and industry expansion. But for now, NJM is crediting its success to its talent. “The only way a company can succeed for 100 years is if it has long term dedicated employees. The most impressive thing to me is the number of people who have spent 20, 30, 40 even 50 years contributing to the success of NJM. That is the foundation for a Century of Packaging Expertise,” said Jim Moretti, General Manager in Lebanon, NH, who began his career at NJM in 1987, as a Controller in Fairfield, N.J.
Until next month, read more about our 100 Year History.