HM Systems Print and Apply Controller

All-round Print & Apply Controller for Innovative Marking Solutions

HM Systems had many different controllers / control systems for their tailor-made special solutions for labelling machines. Therefore, they needed to develop one flexible control system handling everything for the many machine types in HM System’s labelling solutions.

In constructive co-operation with HM Systems Develco wrote the requirements specification for the new versatile controller. Afterwards the product development with the design of the electronics for the controller started. The controller includes several subcomponents to make it one all-round and complete controller for all HM Systems labelling solutions. In addition Develco has developed driver and test software so that the customer’s own system can be moved and adapted to the controller in the customer-specific labelling solution. The control system controls the printer and labelling machine attaching labels on the customer’s packings. In order to prevent stops in printing and labelling, the digital output is protected against overcurrent and short circuits, and the controller is protected against electrical noise (EMC).

HM Systems Print & Apply Controller


  • CPU STM32 Cortex® M3
  • Digital input/output 24V/0.5A
  • Motordriver
  • Analogue input for current and voltage 0-5V / 0-20mA
  • Ethernet communication 10base-t/100base-tx
  • SPI for future communication to EtherCAT, PROFINET
  • I²C for future communication to PROFIBUS


HM Systems is market leader in Denmark and experts within tailor-made labelling solutions for many industries among others the food industry, the pharmaceutical industry, and the nonfood industry. The company has supplied and installed labelling machines in 60 countries. Develco’s positive mention of earlier cases was crucial when HM Systems was to choose an external development partner for the development of the all-round controller for all labelling solutions instead of the current 15 versions”, says COO Jørgen Seeberg, HM Systems. “The co-operation with Develco worked really well and was based on mutual trust. With the new print we have fewer components and one solution for every need. The Print & Apply controller is programmable, functions as a PLC controller and meets the latest standards in connection with Industry 4.0. On the controller we have mounted a panel with graphical user interface for display of label insertion and a Cloud solution with network so that we can easily connect with all labelling machines in all countries”, continues Jørgen Seeberg.