May 2016

Bottle Labeling Jigs

Mutli – label JIG developed by Michael Instance

Bottle Labeling Jigs:

The business adviser for our Men’s shed from ACRE CONSULTING Pty Ltd(CLICK on link) Ian McHugh requested our members to look at designing a device that could use a roll of labels and apply these to bottles as automatically as possible. This brief was then extended to a single label and a device to make it easier to peel the label backing papers

PDMS President, Kerry Boyce noted:

“We are set up to help our members and the community – this looked like a great opportunity of collaboration with a like-minded organisation”.


Mutli - label JIG developed by Michael Instance

Mutli – label JIG developed by Michael Instance

After a few weeks of design and testing, two PDMS members, Michael Instance and Rob McKenzie developed wine labeling jigs for labels on rolls and individual labels.

Michael Instance designed, built and road tested the muli-label “bottle labeling JIG” as seen in photograph at left. This took a couple of iterations before coming up with what our shed thinks is the PERFECT solution.

Michael’s JIG was also trialed on an experimental basis at BEEHIVE Industries co-operative, it proved so successful that orders were placed for some more.

Cutting device for label backing paper

Cutting device for label backing paper

Cutting device for label backing papers

  Cutting device for label backing papers

Robert McKenzie also a volunteer at our shed at this time was developing a device for cutting the backing paper on single labels as this was the in inhibitor to developing a labeling jig. Robert persevered and finally came up with an adjustable device which is shear simplicity but brilliant in operation …..





Micheal and Robert at Beehive Industires

  Micheal and Robert at Beehive Industires



Michael and Robert have made a couple of visits to the Beehive Industries co-operative to improve their designs and to train members and using the “JIGS.





In addition when Minister Ajaka visited our shed he saw these jigs as proto-types ….. and to the Minister’s joy, he also visited the Beehive Industries  (CLICK on link) only to see the “Jigs in action and saving so much time, and creating massive improvements to production.


What a great outcome for everyone !!!!!


Minister AJAKA visits PDMSInc


Minster AJAKA

Minster AJAKA

The Hon John AJAKA Member of the Legislative Council
Minister for Ageing, Minister for Disability Services, Minister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Youth visited Parramatta District Men’s Shed today 
to learn of the work, and lend his support and congratulations to the Parramatta Men’s Shed.

“Men’s Sheds are filling a much needed social connection while maintaining skills developed over a life-time. The Parramatta Men’s Shed provides opportunities to create and build, while socialising and contributing to the community. Men’s sheds certainly tick all the boxes of my portfolios”

Member for Parramatta, the Hon. Geoff Lee MP, has been a strong supporter of the Men’s Shed.

“Parramatta District Men’s Shed has not been slow in reaching out to the broader community. The members recently completed a joint project with Parramatta City Council, WIRES and Karabi in building possum boxes. The Men’s shed have also recently designed and built Bottle Labeling jigs for use by the Beehive Industries Co-operative.”


Minsiter AJAKA 2016-2



Possum Box Presentation 2016-28

Possum Box Presentation 2016-3

  Terry Niperess instructing Boys how to assemble the Possum Box

TWENTY new homes for western Sydney’s injured or displaced brush-tail possums have been built by boys from Parramatta High School with the help from the Parramatta District Men’s Shed.

Boys (from Parramatta High School) were referred by Karabi youth center, teamed up with Parramatta District Men’s shed volunteers over a period of 10 one day sessions to construct the boxes. The boxes will be used by Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Services (WIRES) to re-home brush-tail possums from places like residential home roof cavities.

Boxes ready to be assembled

Boxes ready to be assembled

Lord Mayor Clr. Paul Garrad

Lord Mayor Clr. Paul Garrad

Following the successful construction of the Possum Boxes, a hand-over to WIRES was convened at the Parramatta High School.

The Lord Mayor officiated in presenting the boxes and outlined how a grant from Parramatta city council to Wires was the catalyst for this marvelous community collaboration project.

A thank you speech was also delivered by one of the boys. The speech was a credit to his education at Parramatta High School.

Certificates were then presented to each of the participating boys by Deborah Martin on behalf WIRES.

……. read more (from Parramatta Sun, Thursday 5th April 2016)

…… YouTube video ….Possum using the Box