The move also concentrates each of Herma’s divisions – Self-adhesive Materials, Labels, and Labeling Machines – in one location, and reflects Herma’s commitment to smart, cross-departmental strategies and solutions.
Herma’s achievements in recent years – including a successfully launched American subsidiary, Herma US, in 2016 – was a key impetus to the move’s timing. On the heels of selling more than 4,000 of its signature Herma 400 Label Applicator in 2018 alone, the company recently introduced the next-generation Herma 500. With industrial-grade Ethernet connectivity, the IoT-enabled machine utilizes real-time metrics to optimize production efficiency and consistency, even in a multi-factory setting. Capable of achieving labeling speeds up to 200 m/m, the Herma 500 can handle label widths between 80-320mm and roll diameters from 300–600mm.
Building upon its predecessor’s best features, the Herma 500 integrates Industry 4.0 connectivity and features a maximum speed of 650 fpm. The module also offers short make-ready time.
The latest facility expansion has yielded one of the world’s most modern production facilities for labeling machinery. Its design encourages minimal throughput times via optimal access in the production area and, in preparation for continued growth, assembly stations are equipped to be double-staffed as needed.
The manufacturing centralization also serves to better support Herma’s self-adhesive technology efforts. In fact, Herma is currently constructing a new coating plant for self-adhesive materials directly adjacent to the Labeling Machines facility. The new site is scheduled for completion in autumn 2019.
“The new facility reflects Herma’s rapid growth as a result of manufacturing success while positioning us for future expansion,” explains Martin Kühl, head of Herma’s Labeling Machines Division. “All workflows are optimized with regard to ideal communication, minimal throughput times, and maximum manufacturing excellence.”