About Standard-Knapp

For more than 125 years, Standard-Knapp has pioneered the field of automatic packaging equipment. We recognize that machine reliability is the most important component of quality to our customers, and we engage in an aggressive after-sales support program to ensure maximum customer satisfaction. Standard-Knapp can provide the case or tray packer to meet all of your packaging needs.

Standard-Knapp is located in the town of Portland, Connecticut, close to the banks of the Connecticut River. The company is a major industry in Portland with substantial local employment. Standard-Knapp machines are sold in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Far East. Machines for the balance of the international market are supported by manufacturing licenses in Switzerland, Europe and Japan.

Standard-Knapp has regional managers throughout the United States, as well as around the globe, to service both national and international markets.

Our development programs are dedicated to finding faster, easier, and more economical ways to meet the demands of the packaging industry. Standard-Knapp pioneered the field of automatic packaging equipment and is continuing to solve problems challenging the industry. This constant effort is what keeps Standard-Knapp a leader.

Mission Statement

Standard-Knapp will design, build and support the ULTIMATE case and shrink packaging machinery for the most demanding customers.

ULTIMATE Attributes:

Most Reliable

  • Robust
  • High Uptime
  • Fast Fault Recovery
  • Plug and Play Startup

Simplest To Use

  • Intuitive Operator Interface
  • Fast, Easy Changeover

Smart Innovation

Simplest to Maintain

  • Easy to See Wear
  • Easy Access to Replace Worn Parts

Flexible and Adaptable

  • Broad Range of Applications
  • Able to Support New Applications
  • Embrace Customer Requirements

Quality Appearance

  • Clean, Consistent Fit and Finish
  • Robust Look and Feel
History of Standard-Knapp

 

The history of Standard-Knapp can be traced back to the founding of the Fred H. Knapp company in New Jersey. There is documented evidence that the first Knapp Gravity Labelers were placed on the market and shown during the 1893 World’s Fair at the National Convention of Canners. A few years later, in 1895, the Knapp Boxer, a hand-operated machine designed to pack cans, was perfected. Apparently, it did its job well. In fact, it did so well that, as late as 1901, the Knapp Boxer was the only machine of its kind in the world.

At some time during the early 1900s, a company known as the National Binding Company (based out of New York City, New York), was manufacturing paper cutting and dispensing machines and compression units for case sealing. In December of 1920, the National Binding Company declared bankruptcy. The following year, the company was purchased by a group of past employees for just $10,000. Later that same year, on November 17, 1921, the former National Binding Company resurfaced under the new name of the Standard Sealing Company, Inc.

While the new Standard Sealing Company was beginning its new business, the Fred H. Knapp Company had expanded its operations to include offices in Chicago, Baltimore, Ridgewood (NJ), and a factory in Westminster, Maryland. At this time, the Fred H. Knapp Company was offering a series of labelers with wood or iron frames designed for such “modern” innovations as hand, steam, or electric motor drives.

In 1926, the Standard Sealing Company took its first step in acquiring larger facilities to meet increased demand by moving to Long Island City, New York. Five years later, Standard Sealing merged with the Fred H. Knapp company, thus changing its name to the now familiar Standard-Knapp.

Increased demand for its products forced Standard-Knapp to expand its existing facilities yet again. In 1940, Standard-Knapp relocated to its present location in Portland, Connecticut.

In 1948, the company became a division of the Hartford Empire Company, now known as the Hartford Division. The Hartford Division is world famous for its design and construction of glass container manufacturing equipment. Three years later, in 1951, the Hartford Empire Company effected a corporate name change to the Emhart Manufacturing Company.

And, finally, on June 30, 1964, the Emhart Manufacturing Company merged with the American Hardware Corporation to form the Emhart Corporation.

In 1979, Standard-Knapp was purchased from Emhart by Anderson Manufacturing Company, Rockford, Illinois. Finally, in December of 1984, Standard-Knapp was purchased once more by its employees, becoming an “employee-owned company,” which it remains today.

Machine Innovations

The following machinery represents a partial listing of Standard-Knapp technical innovations spanning more than a century:

Gravity Labeler 1893
Sealer 1918
Gluer and Sealer 1924
Package Packer 1927
Can Packer 1928
Package Collector 1929
Can Elevator 1930
Automatic Bottle Packer 1936
Bottle Rinser 1946
Glass Palletizer 1952
Milk Carton Packer 1953
Traymore Tray Packer 1958
Closed Glue System 1959
Plastic Bottle Unscrambler 1960
Random Auto-adjust Case Sealer 1961
Traymore Tray Packer (Next Generation) 1962
Continuous Motion “One-way” Bottle Rinser 1963
Bulk Glass Palletizer/Depalletizer 1964
Automatic Case Setup/Bottom Sealer 1965
Paper Industry Color Collator/Case Packer 1966
Sealstar Hot Melt Case Sealer 1967
Wonderwall Continuous Motion Auto Partitioner 1968
Lowering Head Case Packer 1969
Continuous Motion Slitter 1970
Tandem Head Drop Packer 1971
Tandem Head Drop Packer with Indexing Case Feed 1973
Single Head Standard Case Packer 1975
Continuous Motion Tab-lock Slitter/Sealer 1980
Apollo Continuous Motion Bottle Packer (Brewery) 1984
Spectrum Tray Packer 1986
Spectrum Integrated Tray Packer/Shrink Wrapper 1987
Synchron 2 & 3 L PET Bottle Packer 1989
Orbitron Continuous Motion Bottle Packer 1992
Centurion Continuous Motion Bottle Packer (Partitions) 1993
Continuous Motion Tray Packer with “4-sided Printing” 1994
Versatron Stainless Steel Case Packer 1995
Continuum Quick Change Tray Packer 1996
Positron Continuous Motion Bottle Packer 1996
Servo Tab-lock Slitter/Sealer 1997
Versatron™ “Soft Catch” Case Packer 1998
Continuum™ High Speed Integrated Tray Packer/Shrink Wrapper 1999
Phoenix Non-round Bottle Handling/Case Packing 2000
Directions to Our Facilities

 

STANDARD-KNAPP, INC.
63 Pickering Street, Portland, CT 06480 U.S.A.
Telephone: (860) 342-1100



From Hartford or Bradley International Airport, take I-91 South

  • Take I-91 South to Exit 22S (this is a left-hand exit) onto Route 9 South toward Middletown.
  • Take Route 9 South to Exit 16 (Route 17) toward Portland; this will take you across the bridge.
  • Take the first right immediately after crossing the bridge.
  • After 200 feet, turn left onto Pickering Street.
  • At the end of Pickering Street (about 1/3 mile) you will be facing Standard-Knapp.
  • Park on your left.

From New York City, take I-95 to New Haven, then…

From New Haven, take I-91 North

  • Take I-91 North to Exit 22 onto Route 9 South toward Middletown.
  • Take Route 9 South to Exit 16 (Route 17) toward Portland; this will take you across the bridge.
  • Take the first right immediately after crossing the bridge.
  • After 200 feet, turn left onto Pickering Street.
  • At the end of Pickering Street (about 1/3 mile) you will be facing Standard-Knapp.
  • Park on your left.

From Danbury, take I-84 East

  • Take I-84 East to Exit 27 onto I-691 East.
  • Take I-691 East to Exit 11 onto I-91 North.
  • Take I-91 North to Exit 22 onto Rte. 9 South toward Middletown.
  • Take Route 9 South to Exit 16 (Route 17) toward Portland; this will take you across the bridge.
  • Take the first right immediately after crossing the bridge.
  • After 200 feet, turn left onto Pickering Street.
  • At the end of Pickering Street (about 1/3 mile) you will be facing Standard-Knapp.
  • Park on your left.
Quality Policy

 

Standard-Knapp is a world-class manufacturer and marketer of packaging machinery for the food, beverage, household goods, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, oil and personal care industries.

The primary strategic objective of Standard-Knapp is to provide customers with products and services that surpass the competition and exceed customer expectations. Standard-Knapp is committed to achieving this objective through an aggressive Research and Development program, a company commitment to quality and an all-encompassing Customer Service program.

The most important aspects of the pursuit of quality at Standard-Knapp are:

A recognition that machine reliability – the machine performs as expected, the first day and all day every day thereafter – is the most important component of quality to our customers.

Recognition that the other important components of quality to our customers are:

  • After-sales support (correct and prompt spare parts, competent service, and accurate spare parts and operations manuals),
  • Fit and finish of machines and parts,
  • Prompt and courteous communications, and
  • On-time delivery.

Continuous quality improvement will be pursued through a company wide program called Quality First, which is made up of a matrix of quality improvement teams and includes the development and use of a formal, documented quality system.

Copyright © 2020  Standard-Knapp, Inc.
63 Pickering Street, Portland, CT 06480 U.S.A.
Sales: (860) 342-1100, ext. 239 | Fax: (860) 342-1557