Back in 1952, Joseph Gemelli opened Gem Gravure on the strength of a patent. That patent described a way to use a chromed wheel to transfer ink on to a moving wire during the manufacturing process. It was followed by five patents more, all related to ways of making product identification painless for wire & cable manufacturers. Joseph knew wire making processes well. He earned his degree in engineering in 6 years of night classes while working days at Simplex Wire & Cable.
Wheel printing is still used today. Today, wheels are created with state-of-the-art lasers instead of the original gravure process. Gem’s range of ink colors and types lead the industry. If it is used to jacket a wire, we can print on it. That includes Teflon® and Tefzel®.
In 1976, David Gemelli, Joseph’s son, left Polaroid to join the management at Gem. With a background in sales and an MBA, David set out to expand the company’s offerings. Gem brought continuous ink jet printing to wire identification. The addition of chemists to the staff lead to creation of pigmented and dye based inks specifically for ink jet and wheel printing technologies. Today, ink development has become a mainstay of Gem’s business.
Today, a third generation has joined the business. Paul Gemelli works with his father, David, to lead Gem into the 21st Century. In 2008 Gem became the exclusive North American representative for KBA- Metronic, a German based engineering company producing the fastest, most efficient industrial ink jet printers on the market. Gem offers alphaJET ink jet printers, thermal transfer, hot stamp, and thermal ink jet. The company’s world headquarters are still in Hanover, MA.
Gem’s Research & Development facility, located in Nixa, MO, boasts full laboratory facilities as well as back up manufacturing.
Gem offices now cover the United States coast to coast. Gem West in Santee, California, provides a work shop for printer preparation and repair.
At Gem, we are committed to serving all customers with solutions for their product identification needs. From wire & cable to data matrix codes for pharmaceutical packaging, Gem can offer the right technology and the right ink.