At every show there is always one guy in a booth who customers come back to see. Year after year, customers stop by to catch his contagious passion and excitement for his products.  

At Highlight Industries, Ryan Nowak has filled that role.  His training on case sealing equipment have become a thing of legend as he weaved his way through various components, and the method behind his madness when it came to design.  With a thirst for knowledge, and covering a span of over 20 years with us, Ryan became an expert regarding all Highlight Industries machinery.  Designing machinery in engineering during the day, and helping assembly at night, it appeared as though he was our version of the energizer bunny.

For the last few years, Ryan has been fighting a much different battle than that of the daily packaging wars.  While he went through various surgeries and treatments, he continued with his strong work ethic and a smile on his face always encouraging those around him. It was an incredible strength to witness.

On April 3rd, Ryan passed away. To all of us who were lucky enough to know him in his too short time with us, we have been forever changed.  We will always look back with fondness of memories made and move forward with his examples on how to live life to the fullest. 

Ryan, we love you and will miss you, but know that in our hearts through your strength and determination, and the legacy you’ve left at Highlight, you will be forever Immortal.


No unforeseen circumstances with HiLIFE!

There are no unforeseen circumstances with HiLIFE on your machine!

While training for my sales position, I was told by instructors to use terms like “uptime” when talking about selling a machine and not to use terms like “downtime”.  Downtime has a negative connotation while uptime makes everyone feel good.  Sounds a little like some George Carlin joke although there is a lot of truth to using more “upbeat” words.  Isn’t truth part of what made some of George Carlin’s comedy so funny?

Whichever you prefer, “uptime” or “downtime”, what we are truly focused on is efficiency of the machine.  Technically, we are talking what is known as O.E.E. (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).  Sure, we may not be taking all of the metrics into account, but you certainly want to know that your machine is functioning well.

How can HiLIFE help you with that?  Consider HiLIFE an effective fortune teller.  We see when a machine is performing at an optimal level and in many cases we have been able to pre-diagnose impending machine issues.  Sound crazy? It isn’t, HiLIFE is an effective system to monitor the equipment, film and operators.  Contact Highlight Industries to see if your application is right for HiLIFE, and remember the words Lord Kelvin spoke in a lecture he delivered:

“In physical science a first essential step in the direction of learning any subject is to find principles of numerical reckoning  and methods for practicably measuring some quality connected with it. I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is a meager and unsatisfactory kind.” 

That lecture was delivered on May 3, 1883.  Don’t let your knowledge be known as a meager and unsatisfactory kind.   Until next time Happy Wrapping and we look forward to more questions.