Company Info


Schubert is a flourishing medium-sized family firm employing a workforce of currently 1050, which specializes in the supply of flexible packaging solutions. Schubert was responsible for the development of the world’s first packaging robots back in 1984. Its many years of experience in the field of servo drive engineering have made Schubert the accepted market leader in the field of digital packaging machines.


Using standard components are the secret of our success. Our highly flexible TLM packaging machines are designed for elegant, simple, manageable packaging of individual products – in other words anything capable of being picked up.

We have divided the various sectors into 8 areas, in each of which you will find one or more packaging solutions complete with descriptions, photos and in some cases also video clips.

The following basic principle applies:

TLM packaging machines from Schubert can be used for packaging all types of individual products

Pharmaceauticals

Pharmaceutical machines are different from normal packaging machines, which has resulted in the development of the TLM pharma-machine.

A Russian customer who wishes to remain anonymous is currently packaging 20 different packages on his new TLM pharma-machine. They are packed with various vials in packaging boxes with differing content. The vials pass into the machine via a continuously-running infeed belt in an upright position and are picked up by four TLM-F4 robot arms and placed onto a group conveyor which can accommodate all vial diameters.

The second sub-machine from the left is a box erecting and glueing machine, taking flat lying box blanks out of multi-lane magazines, erecting and placing them onto transmodule suction plates. The third sub-machine is a positioning station for packing inserts, which are also removed from a multi-lane magazine and placed on the suction plates of the transmodule.

In the fourth sub-machine, a F2 robot equipped with a loading tool picks the vials from the group conveyor and introduces them into the packing inserts so that the inserts and vials can then be placed into the package. The leaflet(s) is/are transferred from GUK dispensers into a stepping chain, transported to the closing station and placed in the packaging boxes during closing.

The "closing" sub-machine on the extreme right is already equipped with a magazine for separate lids for which there is no setup at present. The possible output per minute is 300.

Video and other samples of pharmaceautical packaging>>>

Cosmetics

The Noiro plant takes the wide variety of different makeup compact designs easily in its stride. Changes between formats are completed in a matter of minutes by program resetting on screen, and swapping the quick-change format components. Output reaches as many as 33 makeup compacts per minute.

The empty compacts are initially fed closed into the line. The first robot station opens the compacts and places them on the central conveyor belt. The first pressed powder tray can then be positioned and inserted at the second station. The third station is responsible for inserting the second powder tray. Two applicators are inserted in the prepared position in the fourth station before the compact is snapped shut in station five. All areas and functions of the plant are easily accessible and simple to operate.

Beverages

Drink bottles in a multi-use system should have some kind of device that allows them to be transported more easily. In fact, they do. The Logipack company created the Logipack system specifically for this purpose. Now, any man or woman can easily bring home a 4, 6-, 8-, 10- or 12-pack via a carry handle.

Repacking from the Logipack tray to the containers in the Logi-tray is carried out fully automatically in the TLM Logipacker. The Logipack trays, usually filled with beer bottles, are fed into the first TLM sub-machine (photo) starting from the right, unpacked and placed on transmodules outfitted with the corresponding transport tools. If desired, the bottles are turned in an aligning station (second machine frame) in such a way that all labels point to the desired position. Orderliness is key. At the same time, baskets are erected from pre-glued box blanks in the first and second machine frames. In the third sub-machine, the bottles are placed in the baskets. In the fourth and fifth submachines, the baskets are closed with a lid piece. In the sixth TLM sub-machine, the baskets are placed back into the Logipack tray.

The packaging capacity of the Logipacker is 28,000 bottles per hour or, to say it another way, 7.7 bottles per second. The Logipacker can be converted for various packaging units within a few minutes by changing tools.

The Logipacker is the first packaging machine equipped with the new transmodule and thus the most flexible packaging machine available in the world at the present time.

Video and other samples of beverage packaging>>>

Food

220 bright yellow citrus juice bottles resembling lemons enter a grouping chain every minute. An F2 robot then picks them and places them into the transport tool of the transmodule. The attached label obviously lends a certain degree of difficulty to this process.

Once a transmodule is completely loaded, it moves towards the pack tray. The pack trays (extreme left in picture) are erected from flat lying blanks, glued and transferred to a vacuum conveyor. At the following station or sub-machine, three rows of five bottles each are picked up by a F2 robot from the transmodule and transferred into the tray. The partially-filled tray then moves to the third sub-machine. Now an interesting thing happens. A F3 robot waits to receive two groups of 12 bottles from the transfer robot which loaded the transmodule before so that it can then turn them upside-down and position, or better yet, insert them into three trays simultaneously.

In the fourth sub-machine, the loaded trays are picked up from the vacuum conveyor and placed onto the discharge belt. Two different bottle sizes can run on the machine.

Video and other samples of food packaging>>>

Confectionery

Two Fuji flowwrappers in the foreground of the photo are supplied with puffed-rice bars by a TLM F44 picker line, which appears in the background. Of special note here is the chain speed of the two flowwrappers. Both machines run at a chain speed of 1,000 mm per second. The TLM F44 pick and place robots are able to place a puffed-rice bar ahead of each flight. 1,000 mm per second corresponds to a rate of 9.1 bars per second or 550 bars per minute with a flight spacing of 177.8 mm.

Alternatively, plastic trays can be filled with puffed-rice bars and then be flowwrapped on the same packaging line. In TLM packaging machines most functions take place in the machine software. This is what makes it possible to achieve performances and ensure the flexibility required for continual adaption to market changes at the same time.

Video and other samples of confectionery packaging>>>

Frozen food

120 transparent prepacked dough rolls enter the TLM packaging line every production minute from the right in five lanes and are picked up by the second and third sub-machines – the first three robot arms – and placed into the infeed chain of a Fuji flowwrapping machine. After packaging into the bags, fully packed Duo puff pastry rolls are collected in the fourth and fifth TLM sub-machine and placed in the shipping carton. In the fifth sub-machine, a box erecting machine, the shipping cartons are erected and then run, from left to right, contrary to the dough rolls. The shipping carton is closed in the first sub-machine, seen from the right. Alternatively, on this line individually packed dough rolls (in printed foil) are also inserted directly into the shipping cartons at a rate of up to 120 rolls per minute. Conversion of the machine from one product/carton format to another is carried out within a few minutes.

Dairy

The 2008 TLM Packaging Machine of the Year places cheese slices in retail packages at Karwendel. A prerequisite for the TLM of the Year is that it is based on a good concept. In the case of the Karwendel machine, this is clearly due to the fact that three TLM-F4 robots are used for grouping. These place 200 cheese slices per minute on a grouping belt, which come from a thermoforming machine.

The attentive, qualified observer quickly notices that one of the two TLM-F44 cells is only equipped with one robot arm. As a result, there is a lot of potential should the 200 cheese slices one day become 300. The product enters from the right, past the erecting machine and the filling machine, to the TLM-F44 machines. There, the cheese slices are placed on the grouping belt in accordance with the package content. The grouping belt moves continuously to the right, controlled by the TLM-F44 robots, i.e. in the opposite direction of the boxes. These in turn run to the left from the erecting machine (right). The filling machine (center), equipped with two TLM-F2 robots, picks up the cheese slices from the grouping belt and places them in layers in the retail cartons, which have been erected and glued from flat box blanks. The TLMF2 robot, integrated into the first TLM-F44 machine, closes the filled cartons by gluing the attached lid.

One of the machine’s special features is the filling tools, which place the cheese slices in the retail cartons. The cheese slices are positioned at an angle while they pass the opening of the boxes, i.e. they are more or less ”threaded“ into the boxes. Of course, there is fast convertibility thanks to a simple tool change. Several sizes are packaged on the machine and, like all TLM machines, the Karwendel one is also immediately ready for full operation following the size change, which takes just a few minutes.

Technical Articles

Never before has it been possible to solve such a complex packaging task in such a small space. TLM makes it possible. 160 Brita water filters per minute are packaged into 1ct, 3ct, 5ct, 10ct and 15ct boxes. The boxes are erected from flat blanks and glued together, once they have been filled they are closed with a lid. Providing the ultimate in flexibility, the system can be reset for the various pack sizes within 10 to 20 minutes.