The Flowpacker packaging machine saves up to 70 per cent of floor space

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This becomes quite obvious from a bird’s eye view: Compared to the space required by mechanical flow-wrapping machines, Schubert’s Flowpackers require up to 70 per cent less space, depending on the layout of the overall line. The extremely slim machine layout of Schubert’s flow-wrapping machines is based on an approach that Gerhard Schubert was pursuing as early as the 1980s – packaging using robots.

The Flowpacker – a high-performance packaging machine with the smallest possible footprint

The developers and machine builders at Schubert are always tapping into inspiration from robot technology. An especially interesting example of this is the Flowpacker: The flow-wrapping process, which is fully integrated into the TLM modules, makes the machine layout extraordinarily slim and compact. Compared to a conventional flow-wrapping machine, the Flowmodul unit requires significantly less space – with a machine efficiency of over 99 per cent. The space-saving design, exceptionally high flexibility, highly advanced sealing systems and excellent quality control all contribute to making the Flowpacker from Schubert an exceptionally secure investment in the future.

A Flowpacker from Schubert requires up to 70 per cent less floor space than conventional flow-wrapping machines.

A quantum leap thanks to robots

This technological quantum leap is only made possible by the use of robots. Gerhard Schubert recognised the potential of automated “co-workers” at an early stage and as a result presented the first robot in a packaging machine in 1986. Today, the pick & place robots in the Flowpacker with their individually designed tools carefully place every conceivable product into the flow-wrapping unit’s feeding system. Unlike the long infeed belts of mechanical systems, processing with pick & place robots is much gentler and more efficient: no product abrasion on long infeed paths, no rejects due to breakage, and no unnecessary contamination of the packaging system. Even highly delicate products can be packed in the Flowpacker without any problems. Furthermore, the pick & place robots can group and stack products in all possible variations.

An upstream image recognition system with a 3D scanner carries out the optical inspection of the individual products: It checks position, orientation, shape, colour and volume, and ensures that only absolutely perfect goods are processed by the robots. The interplay of image recognition, pick & place robots and the flow-wrapping unit integrated into the line enables remarkably high machine efficiency – while ensuring flawless product quality.

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It is only the use of pick & place robots instead of conventional feeders that makes the compact layout of Schubert’s flow-wrapping machine possible.

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The Box Motion technology makes the packaging process in the flowpacker even more flexible.

Box Motion technology enables cross-sealing of the highest quality

ith Box Motion, Schubert is now expanding its portfolio in the area of sealing technology for the flowpacker: In addition to heat sealing technology with rotating sealing jaws, ultrasonic sealing with firmly closing sealing jaws can now also be used for cross-sealing. This opens up a whole range of advantages for packaging into flowpacks. For example, Box Motion enables a very high-quality seal seam as well as the processing of extremely thick high-barrier films and monofilms. Since the Box Motion unit is also very easy to change, it offers even more flexibility and future-proofing to manufacturers who use different flow-wrapping films. A Schubert flowpacker with the Box Motion process will be on show for the first time at the interpack 2023.


A sustainable competitive advantage for food manufacturers

The shift towards increasingly individualised packaging and sustainable materials is especially noticeable in the food industry. Companies that want to face these market trends with confidence need a high degree of flexibility in their production. With a Flowpacker from Schubert, manufacturers in the food sector can position themselves strongly to meet these and future requirements. This is because the robot-assisted flow-wrapping machine is so flexible that it can easily keep up with the new packaging trends. It is even possible to switch between conventional and recyclable films or trays on a single line. This is one of the reasons why a long-established manufacturer from France also packs its diverse range of biscuits and pastries with a new Flowpacker.