An Interview with John Murphy, Product Development & Management

Expertise Series

As part of our Expertise Series, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology Inc. sits down with Mr. John Murphy , a 33 year veteran of Manesty to learn a little more about the people that make the history and contribute to the current status of the Manesty brand.


John Murphy


Why did you choose to work for Manesty/Bosch?
I started in sales for Manesty soon after my schooling. I wanted to meet new people, travel the world, and explore new cultures. One of the things I’ve been able to do during my time at Manesty is to visit half the world and see all sorts of life. I’ve worked with customers from Bangladesh to the United States.


What machines have you worked with in your current position?
I helped develop the WIP tablet press (as head of engineering) and have written engineering specifications for both tablet presses and tablet coaters. I helped develop the modern XPress tablet press range and am currently helping to develop the new range of containment tablet coaters. Through the years I have worked with the full range of Manesty products, including the Unipress, Novapress, Mark IV, Rotapress, Betapress, and several others.


Can you give us any more details about the new containment tablet coaters that you are helping to develop?
There will be two ranges. First, a simple coater based on our existing XL Lab 02 and XL Cota 350 coaters that can operate up to a level of OEL4 (for both lab and production applications). Second, a contained tablet coater based on our Premier line of coaters that can achieve the exacting requirements of OEL5. We already have orders in hand for this technology.


The broad installation base of Manesty tablet presses across North America has a legacy of robustness. Is this true for modern machines manufactured today?
Yes. The modern machines are still definitely robust, but they are now also fitted with the current control technology and data analysis that allows them to keep up with the demands of modern-day production.


What features in the current XPress 300/500/700 line make our equipment stand out from our competitors?
There are quite a few features that always stand out to me and the users I interact with. There is no separate electrical cabinet; all electrics are contained within the footprint of the press. The HMI tower is universal and can be swapped to another machine if needed. Our unique air skate, like a hovercraft, can lift the machine a few mm off a level floor for moving the unit around a room for cleaning or down a hall for maintenance. The stepped cabinet keeps the compression rolls in the production area for sealed separation of mechanical and process areas.

Both pre and main compression rolls are capable of 100kN and share four common rollers. The Zero Clearance Feeder has no recirculation and single station reject with confirmation is a popular option. We also receive a lot of praise from new customers for our user-friendly Mpower graphical HMI.


Can you share with our readers the history regarding the background of the perforated pan tablet coater between Eli Lilly, Thomas Engineering, and Manesty?
During the 1960’s, Eli Lilly, Manesty, and Thomas Engineering co-developed the first perforated drum tablet coaters. Eli Lilly had no equipment manufacturing capability so Manesty and Thomas became partners in the manufacturing of the units from the 60’s until 2006. During that time Thomas had exclusive rights to distribute the product within the USA and Canada. We at Manesty had the rest of the world. Over the last years Manesty has continually worked to improve the design of our perforated pan tablet coaters, including the development of the Opticoat spray gun, which increases spraying efficiency and has fewer parts than competitor spray guns. We have worked tirelessly to remain the market leader for coating world-wide.

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