Herma has launched 152C, a new wraparound labeler signaling the new clean design, which will be soon extended to other machines. The new concept offers a wide range of benefits, from greater modular flexibility and ease of cleaning to enhanced sustainability.
Clean design marks a significant departure from the machine concept that is now being phased out visually and from a functional perspective. Thanks to sealed drill holes, a minimum of gaps and slots, and cladding with rounded corners, the hygiene-driven design of the updated machines offers a high degree of protection against contamination and facilitates cleaning and maintenance.
The machine frame uses elements from large-scale production that are shortened to the required lengths and thus conserve resources. Functional modules, such as the conveyor, labeling station and signal column, are attached exclusively to frame elements.
‘For our customers, this further enhances and accelerates machine availability because, thanks to their overarching compatibility, the functional modules are universal and can be pre-assembled from stock. When service requests arise, these modules can also be exchanged or retrofitted quickly. The machines are therefore highly future-proof and sustainable,’ said Erik Bächle, labeling machines development chief at Herma.
A further feature of the clean design concept is a lower center of gravity, making labeling machines more stable, robust and suitable for the rigors of everyday operation. In addition, the clean design machines can be picked up by lift trucks more easily and securely.
‘For Herma, already an acknowledged pioneer of modular design in our industry, the development of a clean design principle represented a logical next step. It expresses our undertaking to customers as regards dependability, performance and innovation through a clear design vocabulary and well-conceived construction,’ added Bächle.
For the machine frame, the clean design envisages aluminum and stainless-steel variants.
‘No matter what our customers’ requirements relating to hygiene standards, there’s no need to accept any compromises when it comes to machine selection or performance,’ said Bächle.
Herma is now supplying the clean design machines in EU and US versions. Especially for multinational operators, this simplifies the standardization of procurement and production processes across multiple facilities.
A newly developed online configurator will allow even complex labeling machines to be built on screen, including a visual presentation of individual functions in real time while talking to the customer. This tool enhances clarity and speeds up order processing.