Pharmaceutical Packaging Continues to Improve with NJM’s Mid-Century Machines

In 1950, as U.S. families moved into the suburbs, NJM Packaging was gearing up for its next 15 years of pharmaceutical packaging innovation and expertise. The future President of NJM had begun his tenure with the company, and NJM was gearing up to introduce two new packaging machines that would continue to improve the way pharmaceuticals and consumer goods were prepared for public consumption.

While Art Schaefer had yet to take the helm of NJM Packaging, which would happen in 1979, he began his career with NJM in 1946 as a sales engineer, fresh out of the Navy. From the beginning, he was committed to the pursuit of excellence, and he demonstrated that through his work with The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI), which now administers the A.R. (Art) Schaefer scholarship in his memory. Mr. Schaefer would go on to become President of PMMI and remain active throughout his retirement. At NJM, Mr. Schaefer ascended to Customer Service Manager in 1951, and by 1965, he was elected Vice President of Sales.

Meanwhile, NJM was moving full speed ahead with improvements to pharmaceutical packaging technology. Label mix-ups was a serious problem for pharmaceutical companies, and NJM rose to the challenge in a collaboration with Pfizer/Wyeth. Cut and stack labels were leading to mix-ups, and NJM engineers recommended using roll labels, which meant the first and last labels were the same. These continuous labels prevented shuffling and misplaced labels, greatly reducing labeling errors.  A pharmaceutical inspection system designed by NJM engineers was the “punch-hole system”, which provided technology making sure the correct label went on the correct bottle.  This technology provided a sensor that looked for the label with the hole punched in a specific place on the label. If it did not find that hole, the line would stop.  This procedure was developed prior to the use of bar codes.

NJM's first labeling machine was the Model 86M, which was a wet , cold glue labeler.  Over the years this Model 86M was developed into a more advanced thermo sensitive labeler, which became a huge seller in the industry.  These revolutionary “no wet glue” labelers applied thermo sensitive adhesive-coated paper labels, which were heated and applied to the bottle.  This process eliminated air bubbles that would form under labels applied with glue.   The Model 86 TORF, which was a roll fed machine was used in many different industries including the pharmaceutical industries.


Model 86 TORF

The high demand for labeling machines brought orders to NJM for mass production of these labelers at the Hoboken, NJ, plant.

NJM Hoboken Warehouse

NJM Hoboken Warehouse

The thermo sensitive equipment eventually evolved into automatic thermo sensitive labelers including the Model 160, Model 203 and the Model 350 Thorobred, which is still being used today.

The mid-century brought technological advancements and introduced key personnel that would propel NJM through the next decade and beyond, but it continues even further.  Next month, we’ll recap how, as the miniskirt gained popularity, NJM built the plant used today in New Hampshire and then expanded into Canada . Read more about our 100-year history.

100 Years of Pharmaceutical Packaging Expertise Is Part of NJM’s Interphex NYC Exhibition

With Interphex NYC happening next month and  NJM Packaging celebrating its 100-year anniversary, the company is looking back fondly on its history as a trailblazer in pharmaceutical packaging. Starting with our roots as New Jersey Machine in 1915, we’ve been providing packaging equipment for pharmaceuticals, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products, chemicals, and food and beverages.

But we’re not the only ones excited about this year’s Interphex, where we’ll be exhibiting five machines with smaller footprints to get the most out of the exhibit floor. The organizers of the Interphex Show, Reed Exhibition, also are taking note. In this Q&A with NJM, we’re happy to share our history, our secrets to success, and where we hope to be in 10 years.

Some of the more exciting things we talk about in this post include our partnerships with DARA Pharmaceutical in Barcelona, Cremer from the Netherlands, and Pharmaworks in Florida. We’re also planning to partner with other pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and biotechnology companies to provide more high quality pharmaceutical packaging machines to our customers.

We also share our favorite Interphex memory in this interview, as well as what we’re looking forward to this year:  displaying our newest Cremer Tablet Counter, the CFS-622*4. This is the first year we’re bringing the four-module Tablet Counter to Interphex. It’s a versatile, compact machine that can handle almost any kind of tablet or capsule and fill almost any plastic or glass bottle.

Cremer Tablet Counter

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Interphex next month!  If you haven’t registered yet, click here for a complimentary show pass, and be sure to stop by Booth #2353 to learn more about all the equipment NJM Packaging offers as high quality pharmaceutical packaging machines.


Experience the Best of NJM Pharmaceutical Packaging at Interphex

Spring is just around the corner, and that means we’re taking the best of our pharmaceutical packaging to Interphex NYC.  From April 21-23, 2015, join us at the Jacob Javits Center, Booth #502,  for another year of education, exhibits, and networking – not far from where the first NJM plant was located in Union Square.  Space is at a premium everywhere – not just Manhattan – which is why we’re demonstrating equipment that fits neatly into smaller spaces.

The Model Cremer CFS-622 Tablet Counter integrates seamlessly into any packaging line because of its small footprint. With a few change parts, the Tablet Counter can easily count almost any kind of tablet or capsule and fill almost any shape and type of bottle.

Cremer Tablet Counter

If ergonomics are a concern, the Model TE-20 Tablet Elevator is the perfect addition to your pharmaceutical packaging line. It adjusts to allow the machine operator to fill the tablet hopper at a comfortable height.

With the Model 126 Trotter W Labeler, you can add simplicity and speed to your pharmaceutical packaging line.  It handles a variety of containers and label applications, and a single control panel and tool-less changeovers make it easy to operate.

Dara Liquid Filling Machines are engineered especially for the pharmaceutical industry. These compact machines are perfect for vials, syringes, and sprays.

The Model 402 FINALTOUCH™ Print & Apply Labeler’s smaller footprint and fewer moving parts mean less maintenance, easier installation, and maximized productivity. It handles cartons, cases, and bags with a variety of application tools.

To check out NJM Packaging equipment and learn more about our pharmaceutical packaging solutions, visit us at Booth #2353. We’re celebrating our 100 Year Anniversary, and we’re looking forward to sharing our Century of Packaging Expertise with you.

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Pharmaceutical Industry Revolutionized by NJM in 1935

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.

Pony Label Rite® Labeler

NJM Pony Label Rite® Labeler

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 U.S. basked in an era of prosperity, we continued to revolutionize labeling using thermo sensitive technology, as well as learn how our people continued to make NJM an industry leader in pharmaceutical packaging. Read more about our 100-year history.

NJM Exhibits at the Philadelphia

PACKEXEast 2015 Philadelphia

The PMMI is hosting the first ever Pack Expo East Show in Philadelphia next month.  The Show will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and NJM Packaging will be exhibiting in Booth #502.  The PMMI wanted an East Coast location to have a more regionally located PMMI Show.   Philadelphia was the perfect place to bring packaging attendees and exhibitors together to show the latest equipment in the industry.

NJM introduced the Model 402 FINAL TOUCH® Print & Apply late last year.  The 402 has a corner wrap tool to place a label on the corner of a box.  This offering  simple operation with fewer moving parts, a smaller footprint and an affordable price point while maintaining the rugged reliability that characterizes NJM’s family of labelers.  Come see this compact machine running in Philadelphia.

Model 402 Print & Apply Corner Wrap

Model 402 Print & Apply Corner Wrap


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NJM Celebrates A Century of Packaging:  1915 - 2015

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.

NJM Shipping Truck 1915

NJM Shipping Truck 1915

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.

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NJM Packaging Partners with Rockwell in Anaheim This Week!

NJM Packaging will be exhibiting at the Rockwell Automation Fair November 19 - 20 at the Anaheim Convention Center.  As a Rockwell Automation Partner, NJM will show our all new Model 402 Final Touch Print & Apply Labeler.   To read more about the Rockwell Automation Fair, click here.

We have partnered with Rockwell for many years because they have a reputation for quality, reliability and innovation that is represented in the brands of their products, software and services.  NJM values Rockwell's  focus on unique technology in delivering the value-added solutions NJM integrates into our packaging equipment.

NJM will be exhibiting this all new Print & Apply labeler that is compliant with Rockwell's requirements.  See us at Booth # 1029.

Model 402 Print & Apply Labeler with Corner Wrap

NJM Packaging has a "Century of Packaging Expertise" and is an industry leading equipment manufacturing and packaging systems integrator, with truly exceptional support – forged over a century of customer successes.  To view NJM's official press release regarding our 100 year's here.

The Milestone Was Celebrated This Weekend at Pack Expo International in Chicago

The Pack Expo International Show in Chicago kicked off on Sunday, November 2, 2014 with the spotlight on NJM Packaging. NJM was honored with a prestigious plaque awarded by Chuck Yuska, the President of the PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturer's Institute) for its 100 years in the packaging industry. The occasion was also marked by a celebratory toast given by Michel Lapierre, the President of the NJM Packaging.

NJM 100 Years Toast Pack Expo


In addition to being honored at the kickoff of Pack Expo, this Sunday also signified the beginning of a year-long celebration honoring NJM's "Century of Packaging Expertise."

NJM 100 Year Anniversary in Packaging

NJM will be also celebrating this momentous achievement with a new logo:


NJM Packaging 100 Year Log


The year-long celebration will entail several website updates to be rolled out in the coming weeks (stay tuned!), and a series of monthly blog posts showcasing some of NJM's finest achievements over its 100 years in packaging. We want to thank our continued customers for their loyalty and support, and are looking forward to another 100 Years of developing the greatest integrated packaging line equipment, solutions and customer service in the industry.

For more, you can view NJM's official press release regarding our 100 year's here.

NJM's NEWEST Tablet Elevator at Pack Expo

The Pack Expo Booth #2130 in the South Hall will showcase one of the newest machines built for packaging in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and vitamin industries.   NJM Packaging has developed the TE-20 Tablet Elevator  which can be seen at McCormick Place in Chicago, feeding bulk products to a tablet counter.  This all new design with sophisticated new technology achieves twice the throughput in almost half the floor space.

TE-20 Tablet Elevator


The TE-20 handles up to 24,000 tablets per minute, based on a 17 mm-size tablet.   The stainless steel TE-20 features a standard hopper with a 4 cubit foot (113 liter) capacity or an optional hopper with a 7 cubic foot (198 liter) capacity.  The standard hopper offers approximately 9 minutes of autonomy, depending on the tablet size, when running at its maximum speed.  The more compact footprint is ideal for feeding NJM's Cremer CFS-622 Tablet Counter, also being exhibited at the Pack Expo Show in Chicago, November 2-5, 2014.  To learn more about this Tablet Elevator and its latest technology read more.

NJM will also be exhibiting equipment in the Pharma Expo Hall, Booth # West-503.  We look forward to your visiting NJM in Chicago at the McCormick Place.

NJM PEC & Pharma Logo


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NJM Does Pack Expo & Pharma Expo in Chicago

NJM Packaging at Pack Expo 2013

Every two years, this Packaging Industry trade show rolls around in Chicago.  The McCormick Place is filled with packaging companies from all over the world to exhibit the 'latest and greatest' in technology in the packaging industry.  The Pack Expo has been such a popular show, the show organizers, the PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) has chosen to co-locate this event with Pharma Expo in order to put additional focus on technologies and solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. Because of the Pharma Expo Show addition, the PMMI has also chosen to have  a separate hall dedicated to pharmaceutical packaging.  NJM Packaging's niche market is the pharmaceutical industry (tablet and liquid lines) and has chosen to take out a second booth in 2014 to showcase the Cremer Tablet Counting module, as well as the Model 402 Print & Apply with Optel Vision inspection machine.  This equipment can be seen running in the West Hall Booth #503.

The Pack Expo Hall  South Hall, Booth #2130, will continue to exhibit the newest equipment engineered by NJM staff in the Model 126 Trotter Wrap Labeler with Optel inspection & serialization, the newest TE-20 Tablet Elevator, the ALL new UNISORT 32 Unscrambler, the Cremer CFS-622*4 Feed screw Tablet Counter, the popular Beltorque Capper, more labelers and Dara Liquid Filling/Capper for vials.

Be READY this year because NJM Packaging is ready for more than just two booths in this expanded Show at McCormick Place.  We will also be kicking off the 100 Year Celebration of our Company that will span through 2015. This celebration will commence the opening day of the Show, Sunday, November 2nd at 10:00 a.m. with a presentation by Chuck Yuska, President of the PMMI.  Thanking NJM for their longtime presence in packaging and being one of the 13 founding members of the PMMI in 1933.

Pack Expo and Pharma Expo 2014

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