Schubert enhances packaging systems with digitalisation and robotics

German-based packaging specialist Schubert is set to expand its range of modular machinery with increased levels of  digitalisation of equipment and robotic functions.

With high-level flexibility, the manufacturer is responding to the increasingly complex market requirements of greater product diversity and smaller batch sizes. Additive manufacturing offers great opportunities here: With 3D printing, processes can be entirely rethought and optimised.

Faster, more flexible, more sustainable – the packaging industry is currently facing several challenges. In order to satisfy these requirements economically and ecologically as a manufacturer in the packaging process, highly flexible machines and consistently efficient processes are necessary. Schubert has placed its focus in this area with the modular design of its TLM systems, which the group confirmed it is continuing to enhance by developing new robots and digital solutions.

The company explained that it has designed its present range of systems to accommodate higher performance in a small space or require more mobility in product handling, Schubert’s specialised T4 and T5 robots are the right solution. They complement the proven F4 robot, which is used in numerous picker lines from Schubert. The design of the new pick & place robots is based on the well-known delta robot type.

Their compact rectangular working area has been designed for high performance in the smallest of spaces: Up to six of the new four-axis T4 robots can work simultaneously in a single TLM frame. The T5 variant offers a completely different – and also new – option for machine processes. It has a fifth axis with which products can be pivoted and tilted.

Virtual parts warehouse with 3D printing on demand

3D printing is revolutionising not only machines but also warehousing, as electronic design data can be retrieved “on demand” in seconds anywhere in the world. Schubert is now making this access possible – with the new part streaming platform from Schubert Additive Solutions GmbH. The virtual warehouse is fast, reliable and economical, and represents a major step towards secure, flexible production. The digitally stored parts are available everywhere, eliminating long waiting and delivery times. In addition to simple spare and wear parts, various robot tools can be printed via the part streaming platform.

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