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 Model 315 Mustang Labeler

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.

Model 326 AutoColt II

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.

Optel Vision Launches the "CountSafe™" with Automatic Ejection with the help of NJM

The team from NJM Packaging is currently in New York, participating in the International Pharmaceutical Expo (Interphex), the premier pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show of the year.

During our 100 years in the packaging industry, NJM has been a regular at Interphex due to our expertise in providing effective and efficient automated packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. This year, we are presenting our followers with a special treat in our booth, #2353: The "CountSafe™."

optel vision countsafe with automatic ejection on cremer cfs-622 tablet counter

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Demonstrated for the first time at Interphex NYC by Optel Vision, The CountSafe™ with Automatic Ejection for Electronic Counters features a two-axis linear robot that can be adapted and integrated to any Electronic Counter on the market. Combined with Optel Vision's CountSafe™ inspection system, the ejector is a tool-less device that can reject any kind of defect: wrong shape, wrong color, wrong size and broken product or rogue. Products get rejected through a vacuum system, which is attached to a closed bin that is equipped with a pre-separator collector and a HEPA filter, thus preventing any substance or dust to escape.

NJM has chosen to exhibit the CountSafe™ with Automatic Ejection on our Cremer CFS-622*4 tablet counter. The Model CFS-622*4 can accommodate up to four modules, depending on the required output. Because of its small footprint, it can be seamlessly integrated into any new or existing bottle packaging line.

If you're in NYC, and plan on attending Interphex 2015, we invite to stop by booth #2353, to check out the innovative vacuum ejector powers of the CountSafe™ with Automatic Ejection, combined with our versatile Cremer CFS-622*4. NJM's booth can be found right on the 'main 5th Avenue' in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

For more on the CountSafe™ with Automatic Ejection, click to here to view video of the CountSafe™ system running.

NJM Builds New Plant as CLI Is Founded in Canada

While Beatlemania swept the U.S., a quieter revolution in pharmaceutical packaging was beginning to the north, and NJM Packaging was expanding its operations at home. From 1965 to 1978, NJM Packaging was laying the groundwork for international expansion and refining labeling technology that would efficiently and cost-effectively prevent labeling mistakes.

NJM Packaging started off this chapter in its history in 1965 by building its new plant in Lebanon, NH. This plant was not only larger and better able to manufacture new products but was also capable of using welding and sheet metal fabrication technologies to manufacture its pharmaceutical packaging machines.

This year also brought Linc Jepson into the fold. Linc Jepson would be the Eastern Field Manager and go on to become NJM Packaging’s President from 1987 to 2004.

To the north, Charles Lapierre started Auto-Pac Canada, later known as Charles Lapierre Inc. (CLI), in Montreal, Canada. Lapierre was president of CLI from 1965 to 1991. CLI would later merge with NJM Packaging to become the premiere packaging solution provider for North America.

Past Presidents of NJM Packaging

Past Presidents of NJM Packaging

NJM Packaging also moved full speed ahead with expanding its packaging machinery line. With the purchase of the Packer Machine company, NJM Packaging had now acquired the Paka line of liquid fillers. In 1966 and 1968, NJM Packaging’s acquisitions extended to the Apache Capping Machine line from Dietz Machine Works and vertical-form-fill-seal machines by acquiring Hercules Products, respectively. In 1973, NJM Packaging introduced its very popular Mustang® cold glue labeler, a workhorse of a machine that was the forerunner of many of its successful automatic labelers.

Meanwhile, in 1976, the pressure-sensitive labeling market was growing, and NJM Packaging rose to the occasion with the introduction of the original standalone dispenser, the Model 304 Premium Pressure Sensitive Labeling System. Pressure-sensitive labelers were cleaner and more versatile. The Model 304 could label a single side or front and back simultaneously; label flat objects with high speed and accuracy; and place wrap-around labels on vials or ampules at speeds up to 300 bpm.

NJM Packaging continued to manufacture the 304 as a standalone but purchased a conveyor system to make the pharmaceutical packaging fully automatic, naming the new labeler the Model 311 Pacesetter. This fully automatic labeler made it easier to dispense pressure-sensitive labels with no glue and fewer mechanical parts. The Model 331 Pacestepper was introduced next with a “stepper-driven dispenser” for pharmaceutical packaging and the eventual retirement of the 311 – for which NJM Packaging still sells parts.


 Model 311 Pacesetter Labeler

Joe Danyow was Parts Manager for the Lebanon, NH plant in the 1980s. Over his 30 year tenure at the company, currently as the Application Specialist – Labelers, he says, “...the need for ‘replacement parts’ was greatly reduced as new technology was developed.  The older technology in equipment required a machine that used more ‘moving parts’.  As the  stepper and servo motors were engineered into packaging equipment, the machines did not require as many mechanical replacement parts.  So less moving parts meant less parts to replace and not as many parts to wear out reducing costs to maintain machines.”

Next month, we dive into cold glue labeling for food and wine, building expansions, and even more new technology. Until then read more about our 100-year history.

NJM Exhibits Aseptic Syringe Filling and Plugging System

Interphex NYC is quickly approaching.  NJM is excited to exhibit new equipment and new systems in our Booth #2353.

We will be showcasing the Dara SFL Syringe Filling and Plugging machine, an aseptic filling and plugging system for syringes or vials in a nest or tray. Dara can equip the modular Dara SFL with an isolation barrier or restricted access barrier (RAB) and a peristaltic pump or valve-less rotary piston pump to meet the needs of each customer. With its servo motion controls and high-quality engineering, the Dara SFL offers consistently accurate filling and plunger insertion, fast and simple changeovers, low maintenance, and the flexibility to easily add new package and tray formats. Read more by clicking the link below:

Dara Aseptic Syringe & Vial Filling/Closing System

Dara Aseptic Syringe & Vial Filling/Closing System


Optel Vision will be presenting the all new CountSafe Ejector system on the Cremer CFS-622*4 Tablet Counter, showcasing it for the first time at the NJM Booth, #2353. Stop by to see it running live. Can't make the show? An all new video will be made available on NJM's YouTube channel following the event.

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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.

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.