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 more patents, all related to streamlining product identification for wire & cable manufacturers. Joseph knew wire making processes well. He earned his degree from in engineering from Northeastern University after diligently attending six years of night classes. He spent his days working 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 inkjet printing to wire identification. The addition of chemists to the staff lead to creation of pigmented and dye based inks specifically for inkjet 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 inkjet printers on the market. The company’s world headquarters are still in the same building 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.