Left to right: Dave Dixon, Technical Manager, Jones Healthcare; Jhester Agustin, Press Operator, Jones Healthcare; Todd MacMillan, Production Supervisor, Jones Healthcare; Peter Hetu, Web Operations Director, Jones Healthcare.
Kennesaw, Ga. – Jones Healthcare, a world-class provider of progressive packaging and medication dispensing solutions located in London, ON, recently installed a Gallus Labelmaster 440 from HEIDELBERG. In addition to faster run speeds and shorter makeready times, the Labelmaster adds new capacity and enhanced capabilities to support growth for Jones Healthcare’s target markets.
Agile, Flexible Support
A long-time partner to pharmaceutical brands, global pharmacy groups, independent pharmacies, hospitals, and long-term care facilities across the world, Jones Healthcare unveiled a new corporate identity in 2020. Since then, the company has invested $30 million in equipment to strengthen support for its wide-reaching customer group. “We’re focused on responsive innovation,” said Dave Dixon, Technical Manager for Cartons & Labels at Jones Healthcare. “That means we’re proactively creating packaging solutions that anticipate regulated healthcare market and client needs.” To better respond to the demand fluctuations for its prime label services, Jones Healthcare recently installed a Gallus Labelmaster 440 from HEIDELBERG at its London, Ontario production facility. The Labelmaster expands the company’s capacity while ensuring its industry-leading lead times and responsiveness. According to Dixon, “The Labelmaster lets us be more agile. Flexible support is critical for our clients since market demand often changes – and sometimes, last minute.”
Equipped with ten UV flexo units and two rotary screen units, the Labelmaster has a wide 17 in. print area in addition to cold foiling capabilities. The larger web width and running speed of 656 ft/min. means the company can not only support bigger label sizes but also produce a higher volume of labels more quickly. Additionally, the screen units enable Jones Healthcare to print on transparent stocks, and label colors will stay true regardless of package color. “The quality and registration accuracy of the Labelmaster means our business runs more efficiently,” said Dixon. “When combined with our inspection systems, the Labelmaster ensures the precision that is required in the regulated medical market.” Jones Healthcare also opted to install its Labelmaster with a turn bar, which supports double-sided printing for more complex extended content or multi-ply labels for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical clients. While focused on sustainably growing its business, Jones Healthcare is committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2030 and has already been successful in reducing emissions by 6%.
Versatile, Safe, Operator Friendly
Jones Healthcare offers vertically integrated packaging support across multiple categories to support brand requirements, including folding carton printing and conversion. Equipped with multiple HEIDELBERG Speedmaster presses and a Gallus EM 280, Dixon said, “HEIDELBERG and Gallus products have helped us stay competitive for years. They build high quality machines that are versatile, safe, and operator friendly.” Jones Healthcare anticipates its new Labelmaster will add scheduling flexibility to its production floor as it focuses on high-volume label projects for health and wellness brands and manufacturers. “Since our operators already know the Gallus platform, they can easily switch between running the EM 280 and Labelmaster,” said Dixon. While the machine quality played a large role in Jones Healthcare’s decision to purchase the Labelmaster, Dixon says superior customer support also played a vital role, “We urgently needed to increase our capacity. Gallus went ‘above and beyond’ to quickly secure us a machine, which was vital in the context of the supply chain constraints during the pandemic.”
About Jones Healthcare
Jones Healthcare Group is a world-class provider of progressive packaging and medication dispensing solutions. For over a century, the company’s partnerships, knowledge, and expertise across healthcare sectors have provided insights and opportunities for clients in response to evolving market needs.
Jones has been a long-time, trusted partner to some of the most recognized global pharmaceutical and wellness brands and the largest pharmacy groups across the world. The company’s full-service and integrated offering includes graphic and CAD design, print and conversion for folding cartons, pressure sensitive labels and smart packaging, blistering, bottling, pouching, convenience vial filling and secondary packaging services, as well as a range of medication dispensing and delivery products.
From packaging that protects and informs, to new platforms that improve consumer outcomes – Jones Healthcare Group is packaging the future of healthcare.