Packaging processes are becoming increasingly complex due to greater product diversity and smaller batch sizes. Crailsheim, Germany-based Gerhard Schubert GmbH is responding to this trend with “simplicity.” With this in mind, the acknowledged market leader in digital packaging machines has been capitalizing on its own intelligent machine control systems for decades. The sixth generation of VMS packaging machine controls is a standard component in each and every TLM packaging machine without an electrical cabinet. It ensures optimal performance and maximum flexibility throughout the machine’s entire service life.
At this year’s interpack, Schubert is presenting its new data box and possible applications of the anticipated GRIPS.world platform. This web-based platform combines all the important functions for monitoring and documenting machine data under a single user interface.
Customers, suppliers and the TLM machines themselves, along with Schubert Group employees, will be able to access the GRIPS.world platform. One component is the data box, which analyzes important machine data. The data box, which will also be available to other machine builders, provides the machine manufacturer and its customers with an interface to retrieve relevant information on various areas such as maintenance, control and machine performance.
As the eighth system component, the new Flowmodul enables the packaging of products such as biscuits, bars and other articles in flowpacks — seamlessly — within the proven TLM systems. Image recognition, pick & place robots and the Flowmodul merge into a single system. This system also achieves best marks in terms of space requirements, quality control and flexibility. At interpack, Schubert will be showing a picker line with five F4 robots, which places biscuits in the Flowmodul’s product feed system. A total of 500 products run through the packaging process.
Schubert will be presenting further flexible application possibilities for confectionery manufacturers using — as an example — a TLM system consisting of five sub-machines, which packages filled cone-shaped wafers into cartons. The maximum output of this system is 250 wafers per minute.
For more information, visit www.gerhard-schubert.com; at interpack, stop by booth A06, hall 14