Modular picker line arrives in the UK
For the first time in Great Britain, Gerhard Schubert is presenting the first packaging machine without an electrical cabinet at the PPMA 2016 show in Birmingham.
The reduced electronics further lower the maintenance costs of robot-supported packaging machines. Customers from sectors such as food and consumer goods benefit from the system’s high efficiency and availability, and with this innovation, Schubert has followed one of its key guiding principles – that of reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.
Specifically, the machine will be demonstrated through a pick and place process, whereby TLM F44 robots will pick white and black bears from a white product belt (white bears from a white background) and then place them on Transmoduls in a specific formation.
Following on a modular principle, Schubert assembles seven standardised system components into a robot-supported packaging system. This enables the high flexibility that is becoming increasingly important for many customers. For example, if a customer requires higher performance, or if further products or formats need to be packaged, the machine manufacturer simply adds new format parts and/or another submachine to the existing system. With other manufacturers, in cases such as this one, the customer would probably need to invest in a new system. With Schubert lines, however, extensions in either performance or formats – or both – are intrinsic to the system design and pay off for customers in the long run.
– Further details will appear in the September issue of Kennedy's Confection.