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Jun 21, 2018

Following Up with the TIP Evaluation / Industry Needs Committee

After the North Region Targeted Industry Partnership’s (TIP) meeting on December 8th, each of the three committees went on their way to develop and execute a plan to achieve their respective goals. On January 25th, the Evaluation/Industry Needs…

Mar 19, 2018

Double E Company LLC Acquires Convertech, Inc.

Double E Company LLC, West Bridgewater, MA, has acquired Convertech, Inc. Headquartered in Wharton, NJ, Convertech joins Appleton Manufacturing, Epoch Industries, and Double E Europe as part of the Double E platform of companies manufacturing…

Oct 11, 2017

Larry Tatiel Announced as Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence Finalist for the 2017 New Jersey Manufacturing Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 11, 2017 (Wharton, N.J.) – Larry Taitel at Convertech Inc, a manufacturer of chucks and shafts for the converting industry, has been announced as a finalist in the Raymond Hopp Award for Excellence category…

Oct 07, 2017

Opportunity Knocking: Nearly 1MM Truckers Needed Over Next Decade

The trucking industry will need to hire 890,000 drivers in the next decade to replace retirees and meet rising demand, and companies are already pushing up pay to avoid falling short, according to a new study by the American Trucking Associations.…

Sep 15, 2017

Important Women Throughout Manufacturing History

Manufacturing evolves every day. There are new advances, business strategies, and modern techniques that continue to be adapted. But pivotal moments in history have brought manufacturing to where it is today. And three women have played an…

Sep 11, 2017

Is 3D Printing Shaking Up Production?

Ideas that we would only see in movies are quickly becoming reality. Imagine what the shopping experience will be like in a hundred years. Will we be able to virtually try on clothes through a hologram of ourselves? Will we pick what we want to…

Jun 20, 2017

Match Made in Manufacturing

As the 40th anniversary of Convertech Inc. is rapidly approaching, let’s take a moment to reflect on the adventures and pivotal moments that have brought Convertech to where it is today. Today, Convertech is owned by Bob Gensheimer and Larry…

Jun 06, 2017

Passaic County Technical Institute’s Visit to Convertech

Friday, May 19th was a great day at Convertech Inc. We had the pleasure of hosting Passaic County Technical Institute’s Manufacturing Technology Students. Passaic County Technical Institute’s Manufacturing Technology program is one of the top…

May 15, 2017

Appealing to the iGeneration

According to Forbes, the Generation Z, also known as the iGeneration or iGens, has an estimated attention span of 8 seconds. That means that by the time you have finished reading this sentence, they have moved onto the next thing. The iGens have…

Apr 26, 2017

FIRESTORM Asks the Important Questions to Help Your Business

“FIRESTORM is the nationally recognized leader in Crisis Management, helping clients minimize disaster exposure and plan for crisis”. On April 12th, the NJMEP and FIRESTORM hosted a webinar on the Intelligence Network. At this webinar…

Mar 21, 2017

3rd TIP Meeting Was A Great Success!

The North Jersey Targeting Industry Partnership (TIP) was established to develop entry level workers, increase qualified employees, and build capacity in the manufacturing industry. The 3rd North Jersey TIP meeting, held on March 9th at the…

Mar 14, 2017

Manufacturing Apprenticeships to Benefit New Jersey

In any successful business, after a demand is established from the consumer, you cannot increase revenue without increasing production. It’s a simple relation of the law of supply and demand. But it can be difficult to increase production…

Mar 07, 2017

Evaluation / Industry Needs Committee Prepares for North Jersey TIP Meeting

On Thursday March 2nd, the Evaluation/Industry Needs Committee, a part of the North Jersey Targeted Industry Partnership (TIP), met following up from the last committee meeting on January 28th. The committee consists of a group of manufacturers…

Feb 06, 2017

Are Children’s Toys the Introduction to the Manufacturing Experience?

Where does the manufacturing experience begin? You could follow the timeline back to high school machining class or even further back to helping your parents fix the kitchen sink or simply when you learned how to use a screw driver. The…

Jan 26, 2017

The Law of Supply and Demand and Manufacturing Education

The law of supply and demand is simply a two-way street. Both sides need to be fulfilled for a desired outcome. When looking at the literal meaning of the law of supply and demand, both sides directly relate to the price of the desired product or…

Jan 20, 2017

Passaic County Technical Institute Leads The Way With Their Manufacturing Technology Program

In the state of New Jersey, once students are at the high school age, they have the opportunity to begin their career path by enrolling in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) high school. At the CTE high schools, along with the core high school…

Jan 11, 2017

Meeting with the Morris County Economic Development Corporation

On December 6th, Convertech Inc. attended a meeting with representatives from The Morris County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC). The MCEDC is a division of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce focused on helping Morris County business…

Dec 29, 2016

North Region TIP Hosts Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network Meeting

The support behind the manufacturing industry in New Jersey is ever-growing and was displayed at the Targeted Industry Partnership’s (TIP) Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network Meeting on December 8th. The North Region TIP, consisting of Bergen,…

Dec 21, 2016

Open Discussion With HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences

Every year the HoHoKus School of Trade and Technical Sciences in Paterson, New Jersey invites business owners and employers from different trade fields to come to their school and have an open discussion with their educators. The business owners…

Jan 21, 2016

Inside Convertech

At Convertech’s 40,000-sq. ft. facility, shafts and chucks of every size are custom made for OEMs, print shops, label makers and packagers.

Jan 19, 2016

Convertech Meets HoHokus Exec Board to Propose Expanded Machinist Program

Machinists at Convertech, Wharton, NJ. Convertech president Larry Taitel met with Thomas Eastwick, the president of Eastwick College and the HoHoKus Schools, along with Eastwick’s executive board of the HoHoKus School of Trade, to discuss…

Jan 18, 2016

Can the flexible film recovery puzzle be solved?

The following appeared in PackagingWorld: by Anne Marie Mohan, Senior Editor, Packaging World Multilayer, mixed-material flexible film packaging is a sustainability conundrum. Lighter in weight, using less material, and resulting in fewer…

Jan 18, 2016

Help wanted: Manufacturers struggle to find skilled employees

The following appeared in PlasticsToday:by Clare Goldsberry (published: January 15, 2016) Manufacturing needs new blood in order to breathe new life back into this segment of the economy, but finding young people and creating the programs needed…

Jan 11, 2016

Machinists Wanted in North New Jersey

Convertech, a leading manufacturer of expanding shafts and chucks, is looking for experienced Manufacturing Machine Operators. Your experience running a manual lathe will make you a perfect fit for this Manual Lathe Machinist role. At Convertech,…

Jan 08, 2016

Want to Save New Jersey’s Manufacturing Jobs?

On Wed., Jan. 27, New Jersey Assemblyman Gary Schaer will host a Manufacturers Roundtable at Bergan Community College in Lyndhurst. Convertech will be there because we believe all of NJ’s manufacturers need to emphasize the importance of…

Jan 04, 2016

Convertech President and NJMEP CEO Address Manufacturing Gloom With a Call to Action

Larry Taitel, President of Convertech, Inc., and Dr. John W. Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP, are remaining outspoken advocates of State-supported educational opportunities for students interested in machining in New Jersey, home to 11,000 manufacturers.…

Jan 04, 2016

The Report of Manufacturing’s Death Was an Exaggeration

Larry Taitel, President of Convertech, Inc., and Dr. John W. Kennedy, CEO of NJMEP, are remaining outspoken advocates of State-supported educational opportunities for students interested in machining in New Jersey, home to 11,000 manufacturers.…

Jan 04, 2016

The Dow-DuPont Merger: What Does It Mean?

Dennis K. Berman at The Wall Street Journal has a good piece on the Dow-Dupont merger: To the eyeshades on Wall Street, a DuPont- Dow Chemical merger is a thing of utter sensibility. Cut costs. Rationalize. End two problems with one final $60…

Dec 17, 2015

A new world record for industrial robot production

Via The Converting Guide, Europe announced it has a worldwide installed base of over 400,000 industrial robots, a new world record for the industry. The recent drivers behind reaching this major milestone have been the popularity of the FANUC…

Dec 16, 2015

Top 10 best practices for inspection operations

Courtesy of Packaging World (via The Converting Guide): Sometimes it’s the small things that make the biggest impact. The following tips might seem elementary, but when put into practice, your line will see the benefit. 1. Put the horse before…

Dec 15, 2015

Convertech President Advocates for Educational Programs, Apprenticeships for Machinists

Machinists at Convertech in Wharton, NJ. As reported by New Jersey Business Magazine, Convertech president Larry Taitel continues to lead the charge for better educational opportunities in the area of manufacturing. Taitel, who was recently…

Dec 11, 2015

Plastic bottle recycling in U.S. tops 3 billion pounds

Packaging World reports that plastic bottle recycling grew 97 million pounds in 2014, increasing 3.3%, to top 3 billion pounds for the year, according to figures released jointly today by the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) and the American…

Dec 08, 2015

Converting Pioneer Joins NJ Dept. of Labor Efforts to Advance Manufacturing Credentials

Machinists at Convertech in Wharton, NJ. The mounting need for workers capable of stepping into manufacturing jobs in New Jersey has prompted the State’s Dept. of Labor & Workforce Development (LWD) and NJ’s Talent Networks to partner in…

Dec 07, 2015

Why Do You Need a Dancer Controller with Tension Indication?

Courtesy of Montalvo: "Processes that require rapid acceleration and/or deceleration, or processes that may deal with out of round rolls, all benefit from utilizing a dancer due to their web storage capabilities. A well designed dancer system…

Dec 02, 2015

Packaging for Print to Hit a $Trillion?

From Mark Vruno at PrintingNews.com: "Business planning news flash: The year 2020 is less than five years and one month away. What will your firm look like 61 months into the future? Will it still be around? Will it offer wide-format…

Nov 30, 2015

Building Workers for Manufacturing Jobs

by Larry Taitel The mounting need for workers capable of stepping into manufacturing jobs has prompted the State of NJ to get involved in an effort to benefit both manufacturers and potential employees. This has the potential for long-term…

Nov 24, 2015

Bioplastics Market Growing at 14.8%

The global market for bioplastics will grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 14.8% to become a $30.8 billion market by 2020, according to a new report, “World Bioplastics Market Opportunities and Forecast, 2014-2020,” from market…

Nov 24, 2015

As demands on pharmaceuticals change, so does the packaging

Good story at Packaging Digest: "Pharmaceutical manufacturers are navigating a changing marketplace. There’s greater variety in drug-delivery formats to support new formulations, new modes of dosing, and new users—in many cases the…

Nov 17, 2015

Supply Chain Outlook: Where Will 2016 Take Us?

Here’s a good piece via Modern Material Handling by Bob Trebilcock: "Last week, I spent Monday and Tuesday at the Rosemont Hilton in Chicago with 100 or so senior supply chain executives, presenters and exhibitors at the first Supply Chain…

Nov 16, 2015

Wanted: Manufacturing Machine Operator / Manual Lathe Machinist

Job Description: Convertech, a leading manufacturer of expanding shafts and chucks, is looking for experienced Manufacturing Machine Operators. Your experience running a manual lathe will make you a perfect fit for this Manual Lathe Machinist…

Nov 12, 2015

Recycling Reconsidered

Here’s an interesting article from Eco-Insights blogger Robert Lilienfeld: "Recycling is not a new phenomenon. From the Sumerians who built the first-ever cities 4,000 years ago to modern Europe and America, virtually every civilization…

Nov 11, 2015

Pet Food Packaging to Top $2.5 Billion

The food and beverage markets represent the largest consumption group for packaging materials and machinery. Sales for one top growing segment alone—pet food packaging—are expected to reach $2.5 billion in 2018 in the U.S., according to market…

Nov 11, 2015

Develop Custom Robotic Picking Applications

MotoPick™ is a user-friendly, highly advanced software package that allows for the development of machine vision-based, high-speed picking solutions. This powerful software can synchronize multiple robots equipped with vision to pick fast moving…

Nov 10, 2015

Dog food packaging gets more personable

Here’s an interesting article by Rick Lingle from Packaging Design: "Just Right by Purina’s custom dog food blend launched last year enhances the label on the bag packaging to make it even more personal—and more fetching for pet owners.…

Nov 09, 2015

10 Ways Smart Packaging Extends Your Brand

Here’s a good post from John Van Ankkeren: What can hardware manufacturers learn from cream cheese? In this example, brand owners can increase brand loyalty and gain powerful revenue with packaging that is smart. In 2014, Kraft changed both the…

Nov 06, 2015

Goss Launches Unwinders and Rewinders

h/t to Yolanda Simonsis for sharing this: DURHAM, NH | Goss announces new Contiweb modular product lines for digital web presses. Company says new unwinders and rewinders introduce proven tension control technology to digital web printing;…

Nov 06, 2015

Manufacturing Jobs: Ours to Lose

Machinists at Convertech As an owner of a small manufacturer for over 30 years, I can attest to the fact that U.S. school systems no longer produce work-ready adults who are equipped for careers as machinists. While today’s job’s report seems…

Nov 05, 2015

How is India Using Robots?

The president’s administration is getting in on the recently hot topic of lowering drug prices by calling for a forum later this month aims to address the issue. According to The New York Times, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of Health…

Nov 05, 2015

Rising Drug Costs Trouble White House

The president’s administration is getting in on the recently hot topic of lowering drug prices by calling for a forum later this month aims to address the issue. According to The New York Times, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of Health…

Nov 04, 2015

The Value of Audits in Food Packaging Safety

Gary Kestenbaum authored a valuable piece on Food Packaging Safety: "Primary or “1st party” audits Primary or first party internal audits are typically informal walkabouts, evaluations and observations executed by members of a facility…

Nov 03, 2015

A Guide to O-Ring Materials

Courtesy of Gallagher Fluid Seals, here’s a guide to O-Ring materials, how they are used, and when to avoid using them: Nitrile (Buna, HBR): A widely used, economical material that has strong wear resistance and mechanical properties.…

Nov 02, 2015

Best Practices from Flexible Packaging Printers

While Melbourne, Fla.-based Palmas Printing certainly isn’t new to package printing, it is fairly new to printing on flexible film – and Jim Love, Palmas’ VP, has no issue admitting it. “We’re not a new company, but we’ve basically…

Nov 02, 2015

Managerial Tweaks That Make a Difference

Stuart Margolis, a financial expert in the printing industry, has a worthwhile piece in Printing News where he notes that, inherently, owners learn to watch out for signs of trouble before that can impact business and many times the school of hard…

Oct 30, 2015

Clean Water Reporting Gets…Cleaner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for municipalities, industries, and other facilities. The final rule will require regulated entities and state and federal regulators to use…

Oct 30, 2015

Candy Packages for Halloween Get Spooky

Clever graphics on stand-up pouches—along with traditional characters and color schemes—are helping to sell Halloween candy to a most-receptive audience. Americans are expected to spend a whopping $2.6 billion (with a B!) on candy for this…

Oct 30, 2015

US Converted Flexible Packaging to Hit $20.7 billion in 2019

Demand for converted flexible packaging in the US is projected to increase 3.3 percent annually to $20.7 billion in 2019. Although advances will decelerate from the pace of the past decade, converted flexible packaging will remain a growth area in…

Oct 28, 2015

Chinese Labeling Markets Slowing

The Asian label and product decoration market, and the parallel release liner market, are the subject of two new surveys this year from AWA Alexander Watson Associates. The developing profile of this major regional market is a current major focus…

Oct 25, 2015

How Big is the Market for Kitchen and Bathroom Linen?

The worldwide market for kitchen and bathroom linen registered an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 3.7% during 2008-2014. Till 2019-end, the market is forecast to grow at an average rate of 1.0% per year. Currently, kitchen and toilet linen of…

Oct 24, 2015

National Assoc. of Manufacturers Decries China’s Pollution

With the White House set to make a determination on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ozone proposal by October 1, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is launching its latest major ad buy. This ad highlights how air…

Oct 22, 2015

What You Don’t Repair You Destroy

Critical maintenance failings that risk the long-term health and productivity of British manufacturing are highlighted in a recent report published by Bosch Rexroth UK. The report, What You Don’t Repair You Destroy, catalogs a series of problems…

Oct 22, 2015

College Transforms Facilities, Reduces Energy Costs by 42%

Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, announced the installation of a campus-wide energy efficiency initiative at Salem Community College in Carneys Point, N.J. that will reduce the college’s annual energy…

Oct 20, 2015

An O-Ring Primer

Technology is always moving forward, but some things stand the test of time. One of those things is the O-ring, which was first patented in 1896. What is an O-ring? A O-ring is a doughnut-shaped loop designed to prevent the passage of liquids or…

Oct 16, 2015

The Best Curve for a Winder

David Roisum’s blog posts are always worth reading. Here’s his latest:The most useless general winding question you can pose is what is the best ‘curve’ for a winder. By this I presume someone is struggling with winder troubles and has the…

Oct 16, 2015

China robot sales to triple by 2018

Reuters reports that China is trying to modernize its industrial production and has identified robotics as a major area for growth amid labor shortages and fast-rising wages. The world’s second-largest economy still has far lower robot…

Oct 13, 2015

More Robots Means More Jobs

Packaging World reports that data contained in a new white paper from The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) argues with the perception that increasing the use of robots causes higher rates of unemployment in the U.S. The white paper,…

Oct 12, 2015

96% of Manufacturers Expect Their Products “Connected” by 2018

According to IDC Manufacturing Insights, connected products are not only top of mind but proliferating across manufacturing segments. As manufacturers move down the path toward creating products that have inherent connectivity to support added…

Oct 09, 2015

Federal Grant to Help Farmers Accurately Predict Crop Yield, Manage Resources

The National Grape & Wine Initiative (NGWI) announced today it helped secure $6 million over four years in federal funding for research to develop and apply new technologies to transform the way grapes are grown throughout the United States.…

Oct 08, 2015

Pepsi’s New Package Nods to Back to the Future Fans

Speaking of packaging, Pepsi has officially confirmed the long-awaited creation of Pepsi Perfect – the soda Marty McFly orders in the second installment of one of the most beloved trilogies in motion-picture history. The fantastical cola, made…

Oct 08, 2015

The End of Open Heart Surgery?

I just read about a new specialized catheter that can fix holes in the heart using a biodegradable adhesive and patch, eliminating the need for open heart surgery in animal studies. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital, the Wyss Institute…

Oct 02, 2015

Can India’s Drugs Meet International Standards?

After years of quality issues and export bans, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is set to draft an amendment to existing pharmaceutical manufacturing laws to raise drug manufacturing quality to meet international standards. Within the…

Sep 24, 2015

Don’t Drink the Water (without Treatment!)

Propelled by continuous growth in industrialization, especially in developing economies, increasing water contamination and increasing awareness about the importance of clean drinking water is expected to drive the water treatment systems market…

Sep 21, 2015

4 Trends to Watch in Credit Cards

Your customers all use them. So do you. Here’s four emerging trends with credit cards: 1. Mobile and Alternative Payments Are Reshaping the Consumer Experience. New innovative payment methods are quickly gaining popularity. With the rise of…

Aug 05, 2015

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Aug 04, 2015

Convertech.com Website Temporarily Down

Convertech.com will be down for a few hours due to a changeover at our host.It’s just part of the DNS propagating and there’s nothing we can do. Our email is effected, too.Need to reach us? Call 973-328-1850.