New role for recycled material
HERMA alone produces more than one million of these so-called EPSMA roll labels per year. "In addition to our overriding environmental goal of achieving climate neutrality in 2021, we always keep an eye on the inconspicuous things – always with the intention of making them even more sustainable," explains Dr Ulli Nägele, head of development at HERMA Haftmaterial.
Smooth logisticsThe EPSMA roll labels on the adhesive material rolls play an important role in ensuring smooth logistics. Behind this is an industry-wide standardised identification system for the automatic registration of self-adhesive roll material. The labels, which are quite large in terms of area, usually contain several barcodes for this purpose, for example with information on the length, width, winding direction and number of splices on a roll, as well as customer data such as the order number. All barcodes must be able to be printed pin sharp in order to remain easily machine-readable at every step in the supply chain. When the goods are shipped – sometimes across the world – the labels are also exposed to fluctuating temperatures and must adhere securely even under demanding climatic conditions. HERMA has now proven that these challenges can also be met with labels made from environmentally friendly recycled material – based on its own adhesive material.