Enhanced flexibility, easier cleaning, more robust, simpler maintenance and more sustainable – with its clean design concept, HERMA is taking its proven modular principle to a whole new level. Users benefit in numerous ways from this latest design uplift. At the upcoming Fachpack exhibition in Nuremberg (Hall 5, Booth 280) HERMA is showcasing the first machine to appear in the new clean design: the wrap-around labeler 152C. A succession of further machines is to be given the clean design treatment in due course. The digital order processing associated with this development substantially shortens throughput times and gives rise to faster availability on the customer’s side.
Clean design marks a significant departure from the machine concept that is now being phased out, both visually and from a functional perspective. Thanks to sealed drill holes, a minimum of gaps and slots, as well as 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. But clean design is more than that.
The machine frame uses members from large-scale production that are shortened to the required lengths and thus conserve resources. Machining is therefore minimized, which makes a telling contribution to sustainable manufacturing. Functional modules, such as the conveyor, labeling station and signal column, are attached exclusively to frame members. Another consequence of the clean design principle for HERMA machines is a uniform distance between the table frame and conveyor.
“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 more quickly. The machines are therefore highly future-proof and sustainable,” says HERMA Labeling Machines Development Chief Erik Bächle.
A further implication of the clean design concept in many instances is a lower center of gravity. This change makes the HERMA labeling machines even more stable and robust – ideal for the rigours 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.”
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,” insists Erik Bächle. With immediate effect, HERMA is supplying the clean design machines in both 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 configured on screen, including a visual presentation of individual functions, in real time while talking to the customer. This tool not only enhances clarity, but its interface to digitalized order processing also allows customer requirements to be fulfilled in the shortest possible time.