Herma has moved its Labeling Machinery Division to a new facility at its headquarters in Filderstadt, Germany. A necessary response to recent growth and rising demand, the new plant will incorporate a more modern, streamlined production layout for maximised manufacturing efficiency.
The move also concentrates each of Herma’s divisions – Self-adhesive Materials, Labels, and Labeling Machines – in one location; this level of technology consolidation reflects the company’s commitment to smart, cross departmental strategies and solutions.
The organisation’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 4000 of its signature 400 label applicator in 2018 alone, the company recently introduced the next generation Herma 500. With industrial grade Ethernet connectivity, the machine utilises real time metrics to optimise production efficiency and consistency, even in a multi-factory setting. Capable of achieving labeling speeds up to 200 metres per minute, the 500 can handle label widths between 80 to 320 mm and roll diameters from 300 to 600 mm.
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 centralisation also serves to better support Herma’s self-adhesive technology efforts. In fact, it 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.