Innovative Module for Pharma Labelling Increases Speed with Optimal Documentation

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Herma’s new label removal unit reduces the time for discharging misprinted labels by more than half.

At Achema 2018, Herma will be presenting a new solution combining traceability and efficiency during the labelling of pharmaceuticals. With the new removal module, misprinted labels remain on the backing paper and are no longer discarded onto a label collecting roll. 

“Thanks to our special construction, users are now able to label pharmaceuticals more efficiently and create documentation with better traceability. Especially in the case of batch changes, setting up a new format often leads to misprints. Until now, labels featuring unreadable print or wrong codes were not applied to the product but discarded onto a motorized label collecting roll. Counting and analyzing these rejected labels proved very difficult”, Ulrich Fischer, head of product management at Herma GmbH, said in a press statement.

Herma’s new machine reduces the time for discharging misprinted labels by more than half, as the complete process of applying them to a collecting roll is rendered unnecessary. Labels with insufficient quality now remain on the backing paper. For that purpose, two rounded, semi-cylindrical sliders quickly extend over the dispensing beak. Their radius is such that the label will not detach from the backing paper but remain there instead. The run of the product to be labelled is neither stopped nor slowed down. After finishing the batch, users can easily unwind the backing paper to analyze and document every misprinted label. Potential error sources can thus be identified earlier and be efficiently eliminated for future batches. Counting and analyzing the labels becomes easy. 

The new label removal unit can be used with the wrap-around labelling machines HERMA 152E and HERMA 132M. The compact wrap-around labelling system 152E covers a wide range of product dimensions without requiring any format sets and features full pharmaceutical equipment, including modules for variable data printing, for monitoring print and codes, and for label presence checks, and the corresponding ejection unit.


The innovative label removal unit will be shown at the ACHEMA booth in a HERMA 152E wrap-around labelling system.

Source: Herma, Hall 3.1, Booth F57