Monday, June 29, 2015

How Well Do You Train?

How well do you train your new employees? Do you have a formal training program? Do you have specific training for each position within the company? During a recent interview, the interviewee asked if we offer training. We explained that we did and discussed the formal training our candidates receive. He was quite impressed as the last company he had worked for gave him no training at all and told him to ‘pick up what he needed to know’ on his own by asking people. This is never a good situation, and a recipe for failure.

If you want employees who are eager to do their job and do it right, they need to know exactly what is expected of them and shown how to do it the right way. An employee cannot be corrected for doing something the wrong way, if they were never shown how to do it the right way. New employees appreciate the time, effort and energy invested in them to give them training. It tells them right up front that the company values them as an employee and is willing to invest in giving them the training tools they need to succeed.

If your company doesn’t have a formal training program, put one together. Even a short one-day training course is better than nothing. You will find that there is a direct correlation between the amount of training you give and the speed and success achieved by the newly trained employee.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Come See NEM at Expo Pack Mexico

We are excited to be exhibiting next week at the Expo Pack Mexico 2015 show. Held at Centro Banamex in Mexico City, Expo Pack Mexico is a ‘must visit’ show for the Latin America packaging industry. The show is the perfect opportunity to allow companies packaging consumer goods to see all the latest and greatest technology available to them. The machinery on display may be just what you need to increase production, decrease downtime and speed up changeover.

Mark your calendar to visit the show which opens on Tuesday, June 16 and runs through Friday, June 19. While you are there, make sure to stop by New England Machinery’s booth #2320. We will be demonstrating our most popular model, the NEHCPCL-36 compact unscrambler. Or bring us your projects for any unscrambling, capping, orienting, lidding, plugging, pucking, depucking, pump sorting, pump placing, scoop feeding, spout inserting, and much more. We are there to help you get the machinery you need to resolve your packaging challenges.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Upgrade Your Older Model Machine

You don’t always need to buy new machinery to improve your line speed and performance. Sometimes upgrading an older model machine may give you the same end result for a lot less money. The recent rapid changes in technology have allowed machinery manufacturers to continually improve their products. This means that the newer machines run faster, more efficiently, and better than ever before. However, your smart machinery manufacturers also offer upgrades to their older model machines that can improve their performance as well, without the cost of replacement.

New England Machinery, Inc. is now offering a line of upgrades to our older models out in the field that will make them more efficient. The upgrades will vary according to the model. So if you want to improve your production line and can’t purchase new machinery, check with the manufacturer of your existing machines to see if they offer upgrades. For a small expenditure, you could have big results.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Need New Packaging Machinery – Do Your Research

Just like people are never exactly alike, companies are never exactly alike either. Consequently, the products produced by different companies will have dissimilarities that could be significant to your needs. For example, to get from point A to point B with a large box, you can walk, ride a bike, or drive a car. They will all get you there, but the process will be very different. Walking, is the least expensive method, but it will take the longest and may get you there too late to meet your needs. Also, if the box is heavy, you may not be able to carry it that far. Riding a bike will get you there faster, but the box must fit on the bike while still allowing you to pedal it. Finally, the car will get you and the box there in the quickest time, but will require gas, so it is the most expensive method.

When purchasing packaging machinery you need to look at all the alternatives as well. For example, there are hundreds of methods for capping a container. Each method is offered by numerous companies. You need to research each method first to determine which method is the best for your specific project. Then you need to research the different companies that offer that method and determine which one is best. The least expensive, may not be the best choice in the long run if it costs more to maintain, does not last as long, or does not cap consistently. Advance research will pay off in the long run.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Monday, May 18, 2015

NEM - The Container Closure Experts

Following is a blog I wrote back in 2010. The information is still valuable today, so I thought I would re-share it.
There are many companies that sell container closure equipment. If you take into consideration the various types of closures and means by which they are applied, it is no wonder that there are so many different companies offering products to handle container closing. Invariably, however, each company specializes in one or two types of closing methods. This is fine for these companies. They stay with what they know best.
Once in a while, though, one company will innovate. They perfect a method for one type of closure and then look to take on another challenge. New England Machinery (NEM) is just such a company. They started with single head cappers and very quickly moved into multiple head rotary chuck cappers. They later mastered lidding, plugging, overcapping, pump sorting/placing, servo capping and more. The technology they discovered while developing one type of closing method often transferred to other closing methodologies. Due to their strong Engineering background, the company was able to amass a full line of container capping/closing products. Dealing with all types of closures, NEM has perfected the art of cap sorting. They have developed several methods of sorting the caps (lids, plugs, pumps, etc.) and know just which method is best suited to meet each customer’s individual needs. NEM knows that a ‘one size fits all’ product line does not work in the packaging industry. With over 35 years of experience designing and building packaging machinery, NEM ‘knows their stuff’. In fact, other packaging machinery engineers have admitted ‘borrowing’ some of NEM’s ideas ‘because they work so well’.
Located in Bradenton, Florida, all of the design, manufacture, tuning, and testing is performed in the US. Utilizing lean manufacturing practices, NEM successfully competes in the world-wide packaging machinery market.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Plan to Attend Expo Pack Mexico 2015

New England Machinery is pleased to be among the exihibitors at the 2015 Expo Pack Mexico show. NEM will be located in booth 2320. We are taking our model NEHCPCL-36 compact unscrambler to ‘show off’ to our visitors. This unscrambler offers an extremely small footprint due to a fully integrated hopper elevator. The machine is perfect for high speed unscrambling in tight spaces.

Stop by our booth to see the unscrambler, or to learn more about other NEM products. We offer a wide variety of packaging machinery including cappers, orienters, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, overcappers, puckers, depuckers, hopper elevators and much more.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Help Your Customers – Know Your Advantages

When you learn that you are up against one or more of your competitors for a project, what do you do? If you’re smart, you don’t drop your price. By immediately dropping your price, you are indicating to your potential customer that you feel your product is inferior to the competitor’s product, and the only way you can convince them to purchase yours is to make it cheaper. Cutting your price is the last thing you should ever do.

Instead, write up a list of reasons why your product is the better choice. You don’t need to knock your competitor’s product, you simply need to explain why your product has more value. What advantages does your product have over theirs? Why will they be glad they chose your product down the road? Will your product last longer, be more cost effective to run/own, will it save them downtime, will it increase their production? List every positive effect that could possibly result from making the right choice. Then communicate this list to the customer. If you did a good job of listing the positives, your customer will be able to make a good, informed decision and will appreciate you for it.

The author, Marge Bonura, is the Director of Sales & Marketing for New England Machinery, Inc. (NEM). NEM is a leading packaging machinery manufacturer of bottle unscramblers, cappers, orienters, retorquers, lidders, pluggers, pump sorter/placers, scoop feeders, hopper elevators and much more. The company has been in business since 1974 selling to the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, personal care, chemical, household products, automotive and other industries. For more information on NEM, visit their website at www.neminc.com.