Gollmann pharmacy robot: Empowering people

gollmann pharmacy robot enhances the lives of pharmacisits and their customers
The Gollmann pharmacy robot enhances the lives of pharmacists and their customers

The word “automation” has gotten a bad rap lately, because of misinformation that has caused many to fear it means robots will take their jobs.

But this could not be further from the truth.

In Harvard Business Review’s article entitled Why robots won’t steal your job, the author states: “The more computers are trained to conduct high-repetitive tasks that are often assigned to entry-level employees, the more roles focused on complex tasks with competitive salaries will arise in their place.”

Additionally, a recent study conducted by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania found that it was in fact the companies that failed to adopt automation that saw the biggest impact in terms of job losses. “The data show that increased automation leads to more hiring overall. That’s because robot-adopting firms become so much more productive that they need more people to meet the increased demand in production.”

Gollmann: Boosting jobs, making happier customers

The Gollmann pharmacy robot is a prime example of how automation enhances the roles humans play in their workplace – as opposed to making them redundant.

A leading player in the automation industry, Gollmann’s operations focus on the economic automation of storage and dispensation of small products with high complexity, quantity and variety.  

For over a decade now, the Gollmann robot has been helping pharmacies of all sizes automate their operations, so that their workforce can be more productive, and more customer focused.

Gollmann’s patented roll-fronted cabinet assists pharmacists in becoming more efficient, which is directly linked to job satisfaction, as well as higher employee output and loyalty.

This, in turn, means happier customers, because employees are able to offer a much better, more personalised service.

With a focus on people – the pharmacist and the customer alike – Gollmann prizes patient care highly, and so this is reflected in its automatic dispensing solution, which:

  • Manages stock to
    • Protect the pharmacist (less stock expiry & disappearance
    • Protect the customer (ensuring prescriptions are filled accurately and timeously)
  • Greatly increases the pharmacy’s efficiency by
    • Automatically retrieving stock required and delivering it directly to the pharmacist’s counter – saving the pharmacist time and effort and increasing accuracy levels
    •  Allowing stock take to be done at the push of a button, again saving the pharmacist a significant amount of time
    • Automatically restocking items into the cabinet
  • Enhances the customer experience by
    • Reducing turnaround times for dispensing
    • Offering a personalised experience
    • Creating a clean, organised environment
    • Making more products and services available to them

And, of course, every successful business needs to consider their own reputation and bottom line – which the Gollmann solution also takes care of:

  • Higher profitability
    • Serving more customers in less time
    • Giving customers more time to browse front shop products
    • Reducing shrinkages
  • Enhanced pharmacy reputation and customer-facing image
    • Superior service, which spreads via word-of-mouth testimony
    • Project a modern, professional image with the highly aesthetic Gollmann installation

Automation is not the enemy

If you want to make your employees and your customers happy and create a business that is both profitable and driven by people at the height of their efficiency, you need to automate.

And it is conclusive: Robots are not replacing employees. On the contrary, research shows that increased automation leads to more hiring.

Gollmann’s automated dispensing system will transform your pharmacy – no matter the size – into a fully automated, cutting-edge outfit that is able to offer a faster, better and more personalised service driven by employees

Get in touch to chat a bit more about this, or to find out how you can impress customers – and outdo your competitors – with the perfect combination of exclusive aesthetics and cutting-edge distribution technology. pbhealth@pbsa.co.za / +27-11-516-9421 / https://pbhealth.co.za/gollmann/


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Gollmann’s pharmacy robot steals the SAPHEX show

Gollmann pharmacy robot showcased at SAPHEX 2022: A leading player in the automation industry, Gollmann’s operations focus on the economic automation of storage and dispensation of small products with high complexity, quantity and variety.

PBSA is honoured to have been part of this year’s SAPHEX exhibition, where we proudly showcased Gollmann’s award-winning pharmacy automation technology with an interactive display of the system that has taken the pharmaceutical industry by storm.

PBSA’s Health Automation division welcomed and networked with the pharmaceutical industry’s top players at SAPHEX this month, showcasing the Gollmann solution as the new generation of pharmacy robots, capable of increasing efficiency and giving businesses a better ROI than ever before.

Known as the “Go-to Pharma Event in South Africa”, SAPHEX unites the forever-growing pharma manufacturing industry in South Africa and SADC under one roof across two days. This year, the annual conference was joined by over 2 000 attendees, 100 exhibitors, and 30 speakers – bringing together all the region’s key pharmaceutical players.

Powerful healthcare automation

PBSA Health has teamed up with Gollmann to bring European automation technology to pharmacies of all sizes in Southern Africa.  

This year, SAPHEX allowed us to showcase one of Gollmann’s latest products, the revolutionary compact and flexible automated dispensing system for pharmacies. Thanks to its patented automated roll-fronted compactor system, the Gollmann can accommodate more packs per metre of body length than ever before. To date, the Gollmann system has seen in excess of 2 500 installations, in 25 different countries across three continents.

The robot is designed to fit each individual customer’s pharmacy, so Gollmann custom builds its system to available height, width and length specifications. Gollmann aims to optimise profitability by keeping the cost of conversion low, and return on investment quick – while fully optimising space in the pharmacy.  

The Gollmann story

Founded by Daniel Gollmann in 2006, Gollmann epitomises unequalled success of German engineering: a backyard start-up that became a medium-sized company with 70 employees within three years. Today more than 300 experts are working for Gollmann at the production sites in Halle/Germany.

Gollmann combines high-end engineering with classic storage systems, producing fully automated dispensing systems for pharmacies and industries that save time, money, and space.

The company’s pharmacy automation solutions are fast becoming the de facto standard, thanks to their compelling advantages:

  1. Storage principle: The space-saving roll-fronted cabinet storage features a “roaming” gap, allowing for the storage of thousands of packages per meter of the machine’s entire casing length.
  2. Flexibility in spatial planning: Length, height and width can all be adjusted.
  3. All-aluminium construction: Area loads of well below 350 kg/m2 are possible.
  4. Easy to operate, easy to load: Every package has its place, and packages are never stored one behind the other, making things simpler, protecting the packages and reducing energy consumption.
  5. Made-to-measure automation: Gollmann offers one of the most flexible automation systems on the market. Expanding your capacity is simple, without any costs upfront.
  6. Fresh design: Integration is everything. The Gollmann system fits in with your pharmacy and its processes to produce a holistic concept. A customised, perfectly adapted system ensures that your investment yields success.
  7. Quality: Gollmann’s “Made in Germany” quality mark guarantees you get the latest in automation systems technology fully designed, manufactured and assembled in Germany.
  8. Focus: Gollmann’s focus is on pharmacies, with 98% of customers being owner-managed pharmacies or their branches.

Passion for patients

Today, patient care is at the heart of all Gollmann’s solutions.

At a time when health means more to your customers than ever before, Gollmann’s automation solutions help pharmacists focus on the pillars of patient care: personalisation, expectations, time and effort, and empathy.

Gollmann’s automatic storage and retrieval systems literally turn hours into minutes, freeing up pharmacists to spend time and energy on the people they’re passionate about serving.

Gone are the days of the pharmacy existing as a cold, functional bridge between health and chemical sciences. Today, pharmacies have time to care.

PBSA is the exclusive distributor for Gollmann in South Africa. With over 100 years of inherited local service and support, PBSA also brings an extensive and established sales and marketing team to the table – making the partnership between Gollmann and PBSA a stunning success.


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Mining and the air you breathe – how you can mitigate the health risks

The effects of mining on human health are shocking. Take control of the air you breathe indoors with an air purification system.

South Africa is a mining mecca and, while the country’s mining riches may be great for the economy, the same cannot be said for our health.

Fortunately, however, the serious health risks associated with mining pollution – as outlined in this article, below – can be considerably mitigated by purifying the indoor air you breathe at home and at work with a good quality air purification system.

pbOffice, a division of PBSA, offers a range German-made air purifiers, humidifiers and combo units to serve all household and business premises indoor air purification requirements. Designed and manufactured by Ideal in Balingen, Germany our state-of-the-art devices work on a multi-stage air purification system, which filters almost 100% of pollutants from the air before they reach your lungs.

Mining in South Africa and your health

The adverse effects of mining activity on human health – and the environment at large – is a stark reality that environmentalists, politicians and civil activists alike have been trying to grapple with for years now. Unfortunately, it is a reality we cannot escape.

South Africa – the world’s third largest coal exporter – is also home to a host of other minable minerals, including diamonds, gold, platinum, palladium, chromium, uranium, manganese, ilmenite, zirconium, vanadium, rutile and vermiculite.

Over the past few months there has been a heightened focus on the effects of coal mining, in particular, on human health. In September, UK-based air quality and health expert Dr Mike Holland visited South Africa and uncovered some shocking air quality issues surrounding the country’s coal-mining activities.

According to Holland, air pollution from coal-fired power stations kills more than 2 200 South Africans and causes thousands of cases of bronchitis and asthma in adults and children every year. The accumulative monetary damage to the economy – which includes healthcare costs and lost working days – is more than R30-billion a year.

The recent visit follows in-depth research undertaken by Holland last year. Commissioned by local non-profit environmental justice service groundWork, Holland’s findings are contained in a report entitled Health impacts of coal-fired power plants in South Africa.

Shocking figures

These are some of the estimated annual impacts Holland attributes to air pollution from the burning of coal in South Africa:

  • 2 239 deaths – 157 from lung cancer, 1110 from ischaemic heart disease, 73 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 719 from strokes, and 180 from lower respiratory infection
  • 2 781 cases of chronic bronchitis in adults
  • 9 533 cases of bronchitis in children aged 6 to 12
  • 94 680 days of asthma symptoms in children aged 5 to 19
  • 2 379 hospital admissions
  • 3 972 902 restricted activity days (all ages)
  • 996 628 lost working days

On 26 September 2017, the South African Medical Research Council released research findings on Air Quality and Human Health in South Africa that corroborate the gravity of the situation, as laid out in Holland’s reports.

The council report outlines how air pollution plays a direct role in a number of adverse health conditions in adults and children, and points out that the situation is only set to worsen, due to climate change.

The report highlights indoor air as one of the biggest culprits in its report background: “In 2015, 6.4 million deaths (and 167.2 DALYs*) were attributed to air pollution globally. Household air pollution accounted for 2.8 million of these deaths [and] ranked [as the] 7th leading risk factor attributing DALYs globally in 2013.”

Reduce your risk

There is an often-quoted statistic that indicates many adults spend up to 90% of their time indoors, between home and the office.

What’s worse, is that children are now starting to spend more time indoors in South Africa too. Earlier this year, in February, Stats SA’s Victims of Crime survey revealed that most South Africans spend less time in public open spaces or allow their children to play outside for fear of crime.

When you consider that some studies have shown indoor air to be two to five times more polluted than the air outside, it is clear that it is the indoor air that we breathe which should be our first line of attack when it comes to defending our – and our children’s – lungs.

And this goes for office workers, too. According to research conducted by the University of California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, employers can improve workforce performance by up to 10% through improvements in the quality of indoor air.

Air purifiers have been proven to limit the risks of illness caused by airborne pollutants by eliminating the vast majority of airborne substances that are a danger to our health and well-being, and cleaning the air we breathe.

In light of our environmental circumstances, never has it been more crucial than it is today, to ensure air we take into our lungs on a daily basis – both at home and at work – is clean. Invest in your health today, by investing in an air purifier.

For more information on the various Ideal models and features, visit our Air Purifiers web page or call 010 300 4893.


The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.


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  9. Sandton Chronicle – Stats SA – South Africans spend more time indoors because of crime

Industrial air cleaning at its purest

PBSA’s German-made aeropur products proactively tackle the problem of poor indoor air quality in production and warehouse environments.

Indoor Air Purifier

With a notable rise in the incidence of reported health problems, and consequent increasing environmental regulations, businesses worldwide are looking to combat one of the biggest culprits of health problems in the workplace – poor indoor air quality (IAQ).

IAQ has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health, and has been linked conclusively to cardiovascular and respiratory disease.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) IAQ is a “major concern”. The US-based agency recognises that poor IAQ can be hazardous to workers’ health. “It is in the best interest of everyone that building owners, managers, and employers take a proactive approach to address IAQ concerns.”

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate office workers spend approximately 40 hours a week in office buildings. “These workers also study, eat, drink, and, in certain work settings, sleep in enclosed environments where make-up air (i.e., fresh air added to recirculated air) may be compromised.”

At increased risk, are workers who operate in large indoor environments, such as production and warehouse spaces, where there is constant exposure to excessive dust and chemicals.

Lifesaving technology

This is where our technology steps in. Mobile dedusting and air cleaning technology from aeropur makes breathing cleaner air possible. Aeropur mobile dedusting devices produce visibly improved production and warehouse spaces, laboratories, workshops and offices when it comes to dust.

Made in Germany, aeropur industrial air purification products are also fully compliant with industrial norms and standards.

According to The New York Times, studies have found improved air quality has prevented tens of thousands of premature deaths from heart and respiratory disease. Simply put, “Clean air, longer life” (Harvard Magazine).

And improved air quality is what aeropur stands for. Aeropur’s dedusting and cleaning products have proven to have a huge impact in large production spaces and warehouses, removing almost 100% of annoying and health-endangering particles from the air.

Immediate features & benefits

At a glance, aeropur’s mobile dedusting technology is guaranteed to benefit your company in the following ways:

  • Staff will be healthier and absenteeism will be reduced.
  • Your plant and equipment will work more precisely and last longer.
  • Your goods and materials will have considerably less dust.
  • Your cleaning requirements will be reduced.

In addition to the above, our aeropur devices have the following important features:

  • Easy to maintain.
  • Require little space.
  • Operate immediately as a plug-and-play system.
  • 100% mobile.
  • 30% lower energy consumption.
  • 50% less cleaning required.
  • Amortise after two to three years.

For more information on aeropur mobile dedusting technology, and how it can improve the health of both your workforce and your business, contact: sales@pbsa.co.za or sales@pbautomation.co.za.


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  2. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) – Indoor air quality in offices and other large buildings
  3. WHO (World Health Organisation) – Guidelines for indoor air quality: selected pollutants
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  5. Harvard Magazine – Clean air, longer life

Breaking the Crèche Syndrome cycle

For parents of young children, the term “Crèche Syndrome” will most likely be both very familiar and utterly dreaded. Familiar, because the phenomenon – which involves crèche-attending children coming down with repeated episodes of illness – is both very real and very common; and dreaded, because it is something both hugely disruptive and largely out of parents’ hands.

According to Cape Town-based paediatrician Dr Willem Smit, Crèche Syndrome is not a condition that features in medical literature, yet it is “probably the most common chronic condition seen by paediatricians in private practice”.

Dr Smit explains, “Crèche Syndrome is a condition of recurring wet cough and excessive upper respiratory snottiness and secretions in a [day care or crèche] setting in the age group of 0-3 years.”

He says crèche-attending children can get as many as 10 -20 upper airway infections per year, mainly common colds caused by viruses. “During each episode they could have 10-20 days of a runny nose and a cough as well as fever for the first three days (72hours).”

This is not taking into account the often serious secondary infections and complications that can occur from viral infections, Smit points out.

Multiple days away from work to look after a sick child is something no working parent can afford, nor is the trauma of seeing little ones in distress something any parent ever wants to have to endure.

Tried and tested – research confirms results

The good news is that, by taking one simple step, crèches and day care centres can protect the children they are trusted custodians over, and break the ongoing cycle of viruses and infections that afflict them – especially at this time of year. That step is investing in an air purifier.

Studies have shown that using an air purifier in a crèche or day care environment is an effective means of removing and preventing the airborne germs and pollutants that cause children’s ongoing health issues.

According to Healthy But Smart, a social enterprise dedicated to helping people make evidence-based decisions regarding their health, there is a good amount of research that has been done on the effectiveness of air purifiers.

“Recent studies…showed that air purifiers are efficient not only as a protection to the more obvious allergies, but also to cardio vascular health and other hazards.”

The organisation adds that, aside from general health benefits, studies show improvement in asthma management and the health of allergy sufferers when a good quality air purifier – such as those that utilise high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters – is used.

All of PBSA’s air purifiers work by way of HEPA filters that clean and purify the air that is circulated and inhaled indoors. HEPA filters physically trap the tiny germs and particles that are merely recirculated into the air – and exacerbated – by cleaning agents.

In a nutshell, an air purifier’s job is three-fold: kill germs, filter particles and remove volatile organic compounds (hazardous air pollutants that can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, and even damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system).

When it is children’s health that is at stake, cleaning the air they breathe with a proven solution – air purification – should be at the top of schools’ priority lists.

For information on pbOffice’s (a PBSA division) range of air purification systems, visit our Air Purifiers web page, or call 010 300 4893.


  1. Dr Willem Smit – https://www.facebook.com/drwillemsmit/posts/1061171520655407
  2. Wikipedia: Volatile Organic Compounds – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volatile_organic_compound
  3. Healthy But Smart: Are Air Purifiers Helpful? The Research Reviewed – https://healthybutsmart.com/air-purifiers/

Clean air, longer life

You eat well, don’t smoke, exercise fairly regularly and drink alcohol in moderation – and yet, some days, you feel like you’ve been hit by a large bus.

Sound familiar?

Because air pollutants are often not visible to the naked eye, many of us don’t realise just how debilitating poor quality indoor air can be on the human body – but the effects of indoor air pollution should not be overlooked. They range from short-term afflictions – like eye, nose and throat irritations – to more serious long-term effects like respiratory disease and even cardiovascular conditions.

And, while we may think we can eliminate common culprits like pet dander, dust, smoke and mould spores by keeping a clean home or office, the fact is that dusting and vacuuming are simply not enough to remove all these daily pollutants from the air we breathe.

But fret not, because it’s not all doom and gloom for those after a life of health and longevity in a world where clean air seems like an unattainable ideal – help is at hand.

Think of air purifiers as pollution-busting superheroes – except these clean air crusaders are by no means fictitious or out of reach – they are practical, affordable and dependable devices that have been proven to improve and lengthen lives, if not save them.

Air purifiers work by way of HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filters that clean and purify the air that is circulated – and that you breathe daily – indoors. HEPA filters physically trap the tiny particles that vacuum cleaners and other cleaning equipment merely recirculates into the air.

A health must-have in your home or office, air purifiers not only clear airborne bacteria quickly and quietly, they are also very effective in the removal of odours, allergens and other pollutants that are inevitably present in indoor air. In fact, research has shown that HEPA filters remove about 99.9% of dust particles and impurities from the air.

According to The New York Times, studies have found improved air quality has prevented tens of thousands of premature deaths from heart and respiratory disease. Simply put, “Clean air, longer life” (Harvard Magazine).

The conclusion: air purification equals the removal of impurities…equals clean air…equals better health…equals longer life.

So you have to ask yourself, can you afford not to invest in an air purifier?

For information on pbOffice’s range of air purification systems, visit our Air Purifiers web page, or call 010 300 4893.

Hello clean air, goodbye hay fever

Investing in a good quality air purifier will create a pure-air haven for you and your family, curbing those pesky summer sniffles.

It’s the height of summer, many South Africans’ favourite season and a time when you should be enjoying the radiance and outdoor activities the season brings – but you feel like you’ve been battered with a winter flu stick.

If this sounds like you – runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose – you may be one of the many people who suffers from seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever. This is a type of inflammation in the nose caused by the immune system overreacting to allergens in the air. Although pollen is the primary culprit, other common airborne irritants like pet dander, smoke and dust exacerbate the condition.

According to the Allergy Society of South Africa, up to 20% of South Africans suffer from allergic reactions, with hay fever being rife – especially during change of season. And, although this often overlooked ailment does not come with the same level of notoriety that winter conditions like flu do, it can be just as debilitating.

And it is not only during waking hours that hay fever affects health and performance. According to research, two-thirds of hay fever sufferers continue to experience symptoms while trying to sleep. “[These people] are losing an average of more than an hour of sleep a night as they struggle with streaming noses and itchy eyes,” writes the UK’s Daily Mail.

“An estimated 80 per cent of people with asthma are at increased risk of having an attack because they also suffer from hay fever.”

Now for the good news

But don’t cancel your summer plans just yet – the good news is, there are sure-fire means of managing and mitigating hay fever symptoms considerably. pbOffice, a division of PBSA, offers you one of the most safe and effective of these with its German-made indoor air purification systems by IDEAL.

Studies have shown that people spend around 90% of their time indoors – a figure that is rising, not abating – and indoor air can be up to 100 times dirtier than the air outside. Unlike the outdoors, airborne irritants and bacteria are largely trapped, churning constantly in the indoor air that we spend so much time breathing in.

A good quality air purifier in your home and office environment can trap up to 100% of these summer spoilers, including germs, dust, pet dander, smoke, pollen, mould spores, odours and vapours and various allergens.

Award-winning online information source HowStuffWorks, confirms air purifiers – in particular those that have met the strict regulations and attained HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) certification – can help with allergies.

“No matter how much you clean your home, you cannot rid the air completely of allergens and other airborne irritants. Air purifiers are devices that are designed to clean the air in your house and improve the quality of air you and your family breathe.”

pbOffice’s range of top-quality air purifiers feature all the vital mechanisms that are needed to turn contaminated, harmful indoor air into clean, allergen-free air – including HEPA filters and intelligent air quality sensors.

Our devices work on a multi-stage air purification system, which filters almost 100% of the smallest particles and pathogenic germs from the polluted air before they reach your airway.

Investing in an air purifier for your home and office will allow you to breathe and sleep better, by turning your indoor environment into a safe, clean haven away from the wave of airborne irritants that vex you on a daily basis.

For more information, visit our Air Purifiers web page or call 010 300 4893.