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HERMA: new plant for labeling machines commissioned

28/02/2019

CATEGORY: Company news BRAND: Herma

HERMA has started the production of labeling machines in a completely new facility. The 20-million-Euro investment is “optimized with regard to ideal communication, minimal throughput times, and maximum manufacturing excellence”.


Image source: BFK Architekten, Stuttgart

 

Unique to the industry, the entire self-adhesive technology know-how is now concentrated in one location: Self-adhesive Materials, Labels, and Labeling Machines.

 

At its headquarters in Filderstadt near Stuttgart, HERMA has put into operation what may well be the world’s most modern production facility for label applicators and labeling machines. After 13 months of construction and investments amounting to approximately 20 million Euros, the Labeling Machines Division has now completed the move out of its former premises in Deizisau, which is 20 km away. After HERMA’s rapid expansion in recent years, capacities there were almost exhausted, especially as the building had originally been designed for the requirements of label printing. “By contrast, we were able to design and implement the new facility with a view to the special requirements of machine construction right from the start. As a technology leader, we are thereby able to continue exploiting the vast growth potentials that present themselves to us”, explains Martin Kühl, head of HERMA’s Labeling Machines Division. “Everything is optimized with regard to ideal communication, minimal throughput times, and maximum manufacturing excellence.

 

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One practical level

For the first time at HERMA, all production lines of this division – both for label applicators and complete labeling systems – are arranged on one single level which also houses the parts warehouse. This renders, for instance, high bay warehouses and rack feeders unnecessary, which makes parts provision considerably faster. Moreover, the production level’s square area enables optimal access from all sides. Concurrently, all technical functions such as mechanical construction, development, and programming are physically grouped together on the level above – unlike at the former location where most of them were located separately. HERMA is well-prepared for further growth in this division: if required, all assembly stations can be double staffed at short notice.

 

Whole systems hoisted sideways onto shipping trucks

Considerably larger areas for incoming and outgoing goods facilitate handling. In the outgoing goods area, for example, the ramps are designed to allow labeling systems with a maximum length of six meters to be loaded onto trucks sideways in one piece. “That is safer and faster than loading via the rear hinged doors”, adds Kühl. “And another fact that will please our customers: we now have space for an area wholly dedicated to acceptance tests that is physically separate from the production area. There, customers will find ideal conditions to put their systems through their paces.” HERMA’s technology center, where special customer requirements are tested and new industry solutions are developed, is located in a separate space. And in a new 230 m2 showroom, HERMA presents a permanent exhibition of innovative and efficient labeling solutions. “The new plant creates ideal working conditions – not only for HERMA teams, but also for the many international customer teams who visit us every year”, summarizes Kühl.

 

“The new plant creates ideal working conditions – not only for HERMA teams, but also for the many international customer teams who visit us every year” – Martin Kühl, head of HERMA’s Labeling Machines Division. Image source: HERMA

 

 

With the Labeling Machine Division’s move to Filderstadt, HERMA concentrates the entire self-adhesive technology know-how in one location: Self-adhesive Materials, Labels, and Labeling Machines – that is unique to the industry. Right next to the new labeling machines facility, a complete new coating plant for self-adhesive materials is currently under construction and will be finished until the fall of 2019. In total, HERMA is presently investing approximately 100 million euros at its headquarters.

 

Located in Filderstadt near Stuttgart (Germany), HERMA GmbH is a leading European specialist in self-adhesive technology. In the 2017 fiscal year, the HERMA Group generated sales of €342.3 million with 993 employees in three divisions – Self-adhesive Materials, Labels and Labelling Machines. The export ratio was around 60%.

 

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