Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What Does 5 S Do For You?

We have recently started a 5S program and it is amazing how much time it saves after you have completed the process. I had read about 5S and wondered how it really worked in an office setting. When management determined that we would all start a 5S program, I was not convinced that it was worth the time and effort involved in getting to the end result. I could not have been more wrong. Initially it did take a lot of time to clean up old files, desk drawers, storage areas, tables and desk tops. Then it took time to organize and label everything. But in the end, I can now find what I’m looking for in seconds as opposed to ½ hour increments.

I visited a manufacturing plant that utilizes 5S throughout the plant. It is amazing to see. It’s hard for many of us to imagine a plant that manufactures large vehicles to be as clean and spotless as a hospital, but that is exactly how the plant looks, including light painted floors. If you want to make a difference in your company, I highly recommend 5S. The ends will definitely justify the means.

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, March 23, 2015

What Are Your Company Values

Several members of our staff recently attended a leadership seminar in which they were asked to list their company values. They thought they knew what our values are, but everyone realized that they all thought of them as slightly different. No one could give a list that was identical to anyone else’s list. So now we are getting input from all our employees and will make up a list of 4-5 values that we all agree are how we want to conduct business.

Once we have our ‘official list of company values’ we will have large plaques made up with the list and prominently display them in every building. We decided that for our company a mission statement just does not work. What we all feel is more important is to have the values we use to guide all our decisions, communicated clearly to every employee. We were also told we should make sure prospective employees are willing to work under the same values and embrace them in their daily work activities.

What are your company’s values? Do all the employees know them? If not, now is a great time to spread the word so that everyone at your organization can use them as a guide in making every day decisions.

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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boast About Your Successes

How often do you boast about your company’s successes? You need to share the good stories with everyone. Your potential customers need to find out what your capabilities are and how good you are at what you do. We recently added a ‘Case Study’ section to our web site. This allows us to tell others all about the success stories that have helped our customers.

We particularly like to pick out the most difficult and/or unusual challenges that are brought to us by perspective and existing customers. We try to ‘tell a story’ by explaining all about the challenge and then describe how we resolved the issue. It is fun for us to be telling stories, but also helpful in letting our customers know the breadth of our capabilities at the same time.

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, February 23, 2015

Open House Week At New England Machinery

Today starts NEM’s Open House week. We are looking forward to visits from our existing and future customers. Visitors will enjoy a tour of our facilities and have an opportunity to see the entire manufacturing process including the final end result of our cappers and unscramblers running. There are a total of 14 packaging machinery manufacturers in the Tampa Bay area who are opening their doors this week to allow visitors a comprehensive view of their facilities.

It’s not too late to join us. To learn more call us at (941) 755-5550 or visit our website at www.neminc.com.

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.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Share Your Successes

At NEM we make an effort to share our successes with our entire employee base. When our customers compliment us on a job well done, or say some encouraging words about our machinery, we make sure to share it with everyone. We have a regular internal newsletter that allows us to pass on the latest rave reviews we have received.

It is encouraging to individuals (whose job tasks might prevent them from meeting our customers for themselves) to know that the end result of their work is a satisfied customer. We also send out e-mails to the entire company with all good news that comes our way throughout the day.

Find ways in your company to communicate good news to everyone. We all need that little shot of encouragement from time to time to be reassured that we all make a difference.

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, February 9, 2015

NEM Plant Tour At Tampa Bay Packaging Machinery Mfgs. Open House

NEM will be opening our doors to plant tours during the upcoming Tampa Bay Packaging Machinery Manufacturer’s Open House. Fourteen local packaging machinery manufacturers are banding together to offer plant tours the week of February 23 – 27, 2015. Get out of the ice, snow and cold in the middle of winter to scope out your next packaging machine purchases in sunny Florida.

The various manufacturing plants offer unscramblers, cappers, orienters, lidders, pluggers, scoop feeders, pump placers, labelers, check weighers, case packers, fillers and much more. To learn more about the Open House week visit the website at: www.tampabaypackaging.com or give us a call at New England Machinery at (941) 755-5550. We can give you contact information for local hotels with discounted rates. Let us know you are coming, or just show up, either way, we’d love to see you.

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.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

NEM at Pack Expo East 2015

New England Machinery is pleased to announce that we will be exhibiting at the upcoming Pack Expo East show February 16-18, 2015 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. We will be located in booth 925. Please make sure to stop by our booth if you are planning to attend the show.

We will be bringing our new pharmaceutical design unscrambler. This model was specifically designed for the pharmaceutical industry with no flat surfaces, compact footprint including a fully-integrated hopper elevator, and track and trace ready code printer and code reader. You won’t want to miss us at the show.

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.