Trade fairs

Packaging machine manufacturer Schubert at interpack 2023

The Cobot tog.519 from Schubert next to a conveyor belt.

What Gerhard Schubert GmbH is presenting this year at the interpack 2023 extends well beyond forward-looking packaging technology.

Of course, the innovation driver will be showcasing its latest technical advancements for the packaging industry at Stand D01 in Hall 14: Some of the highlights include cobots for the rapid feeding of different packaging components on a line, an extremely compact filling machine for cosmetic products and an entirely new, efficient, resource-saving feeding system for carton blanks. Beyond this, however, the packaging machine manufacturer is busy gearing up to the challenges of the future – with a concept study for a new generation of machines, in combination with an all-new type of transport system. Together, the two promise to advance current packaging processes to the next level of automation, flexibility and efficiency. The innovative technologies are complemented by a wide range of new services for more environmentally compatible packaging.

The logo of the sustainability strategy "Mission Blue".

At interpack, Schubert will be presenting a portfolio that demonstrates the company's focus on sustainable packaging solutions as part of its Mission Blue sustainability strategy.

What has been going on in the packaging industry over the past six years? Visitors to this year’s interpack, to be held in Düsseldorf from 4 to 10 May 2023, will have an opportunity to closely examine the latest developments. The previous edition of the leading international trade fair took place in 2017. At Gerhard Schubert GmbH, the evolution is immediately apparent. The company’s presence at the trade fair in Hall 14, Stand D01, clearly reflects Schubert’s vision for the future: To develop sustainable packaging solutions for tomorrow’s world. With this in mind, Schubert is presenting a portfolio with which the company is significantly expanding its far-reaching expertise in packaging machine design – in the interests of customers and the environment – and ideally setting itself up for the future. Intrinsically linked to this is the company’s Mission Blue Sustainability Initiative, the defined goals of which are gradually becoming tangible measures – within the company itself, as well as in the consulting and services provided to Schubert customers.

Michael Graf and Laura Gascho from Schubert in a factory hall in front of a desk.

Packaging Perspectives is the name of Schubert’s new five-point programme, with which customers are provided with the best possible combination of material, packaging and machine.

A multitude of services to deliver forward-looking packaging solutions

These services include the new five-point Packaging Perspectives programme which includes bundled Schubert expertise, packaging development, testing facilities at the company’s technical centre and laboratory, as well as customised consulting services to ensure the best possible mix of materials, packaging and machine. On request, the Packaging Perspectives experts can provide support in switching to more sustainable packaging, for example with glue-free box alternatives or more environmentally friendly flow-wrap films. Schubert Service will also be on site to present the new customer portal and explain the company’s Digital CARE Services for data analysis and process optimisation. Schubert Packaging Systems will be represented at the stand with its three divisions – Pharma, Schubert Consulting and Turnkey Solutions – and showcasing its areas of expertise. The Schubert Additive Solutions subsidiary will also be demonstrating its PARTBOX solution and 3D printing at its own stand in Hall 18, Stand G09.

Five exhibits with cutting-edge technologies

Flexibility, efficiency and availability remain at the heart of Schubert’s robot-based modular technology. Through many demonstrations, visitors to the stand will have an opportunity to see for themselves – live and in action – how Schubert combines its proven approach with forward-looking concepts for new packaging processes.

The Cobot’s AI-supported programming and image processing are conceived so cleverly that customers can carry out format changes themselves in no time at all.

The cobot stands next to a conveyor belt. Its robot arm reaches into a box with individual parts.

The tog.519 cobot: Highly flexible automation

Perhaps most striking at the Schubert stand are the new Schubert tog.519 cobots, now ready for series production, which are being presented for the first time to an international trade fair audience. On an all-new type of cosmetics filling machine, two of the cobots will be taking over the feeding of various packaging components. A separate cobot will be processing bars, chip bags or highly reflective pouches, demonstrating the advantages of its unique AI. With the tog.519, Schubert is extending packaging process automation beyond the packaging line itself. The mobile, free-standing or optionally housed robots are ideal for picking up unsorted lightweight products via pick & place and processing them at up to 90 cycles per minute. The AI-supported programming and image processing are conceived so cleverly that customers can change formats themselves in no time at all without any prior programming knowledge: Basically, the new product simply needs to be passed through the cobot’s vision system. Flexible work locations, a wide variety of pick & place tasks, high process speed and very simple operation are the advantages cobots offer to manufacturers in a wide range of industries.

The filling process on a machine.

Schubert will demonstrate just how compact a filling process can be at the interpack show with a recently designed line for cosmetics manufacturer Börlind.

A cosmetics line for Börlind: Fully automated filling in the smallest of spaces

A more compact line saves resources and reduces the carbon footprint, both in manufacturing and in the further production process. Schubert will be demonstrating just how compact a filling process can be with a recently developed line for cosmetics manufacturer Börlind. On an incredibly compact 2 x 4 metre space, liquid cosmetics are filled either into glass bottles with screw pumps or glass jars with screw caps – then closed, weighed, sealed and checked. Two Schubert cobots automatically and very gently feed the individual packaging components to the machine via pick & place. Using a recently developed transport system that complies with the Hygienic Design Standard and is suitable for applications involving liquids such as perfume, the packaging materials are then transferred to two alternating filling stations in a way that is exceptionally space-saving. The Schubert image processing system ensures all necessary quality controls, including checking breakage at the edges of the glass jars. Quick set-up times for the various formats and 3D-printed format parts guarantee even more flexibility. The modular machine concept, typical of Schubert’s approach, is ideal for adding further process steps directly to the filling line. For example, labelling and end-of-line packaging can be integrated in order to map the entire packaging process seamlessly and fully automatically in a single line.

A bar packer with new infeed: Blanks directly from the pallet

When the blanks magazine runs empty, machine operators need to react quickly to avoid unnecessary interruptions. With the new Schubert TLM Comfort Feeder, this is now a thing of the past, as can be seen on a bar packer at the trade fair. All it takes is to place the entire pallet with the blanks – still in the blank sheet – into the machine. An F4 robot then pulls the blanks one by one directly from the sheet and feeds them into the erecting process at a rate of 60 cycles per minute. This process also has another advantage: The sheet cutting process can be optimised to maximise packaging material utilisation – saving material, resources and costs. The combination of a new type of sheet infeed, high erecting capacity, and loading and sealing in a small space offers Schubert customers an exceptionally attractive machine concept.

A flowpacker with flexible cross-sealing when packaging biscuits.

On a Flowpacker with flexible cross-sealing, Schubert will demonstrate how different types of recyclable films can be used on a single line.

The Flowpacker: Using different recyclable films on a single line

Depending on their consistency and ingredients, baked goods and confectionery call for packaging with various barrier functions. With the Schubert Flowpacker, manufacturers who would like to quickly switch between flowpack films with different properties benefit from the most suitable sealing technology. It enables both recyclable mono-plastic films and paper-based flow-wrapping films to be used in a single machine. Schubert will demonstrate this with a system that combines an ultrasonic unit for longitudinal sealing with a flexible cross-sealing unit. The cross-sealing is performed either by a box motion unit with ultrasound or via rotating sealing jaws with heat sealing.

The future of packaging: Unveiling of the new machine study

Anyone who is interested in taking a look into the future of packaging should definitely attend the presentation of Schubert’s next generation of machines. The Schubert developers will be presenting their concept study for a next-level, fully automated, highly efficient and reliable packaging process. An entirely new transport system for feeding the various packaging stations, new machine frames, new robots and a completely new control system offer a glimpse of how a production layout could be planned in the future.

HighTech free of charge: the Schubert news!

Exciting cases, invitations to web seminars and trade fairs as well as the latest developments in packaging technology - the Schubert News keeps you up to date. Subscribe and never miss an issue again!

More trends & news

The tog.519 cobot and a box of glass vials on a conveyor belt.

Schubert at Automation UK 2024

Last year, Automation UK took place for the first time in Coventry, England. As a result of its resounding success, the trade fair for automation and robotics is now entering its second round – and will be taking place this year on 18 and 19 June. Schubert UK Ltd will, of course, be participating once again. Schubert’s UK sales location was not only an exhibitor last year, but it is also a co-founder of Automation UK. In the CBS Arena at Stand F10, the British team, led by Mark Stepney, will be providing information on the Germany-based company’s latest highly flexible, efficient, and resource-saving solutions for packaging products of all kinds and from all sectors. This year, visitors to the Schubert stand will have an opportunity to view a tog.519 cobot live and in action. At Automation UK, the mobile robot will be demonstrating how it can pick & place unsorted products at speeds of up to 90 cycles per minute using the AI-supported vision system.

The new packaging machine can be used to pack different numbers of vials into cardboard boxes. Here we see the format with five vials laid out in the box compartment.

Schubert-Pharma at the ACHEMA 2024

This year, ACHEMA will be held in Frankfurt from 10 to 14 June 2024. Schubert-Pharma will have its own stand at the 34th leading international trade fair for the process industry in Hall 3.1, Stand A95. For the first time, the packaging expert will be presenting its new machine for packaging vials. What’s unique about the innovation is that this top-loading machine features a table-top design, unlike Schubert-Pharma’s open top loaders. This makes it even easier for pharmaceutical customers to guarantee the required line clearance.

Information on a number of topics, such as the company’s collaboration with Faller Packaging, will also be available at the exhibition stand. As always, visitors will have an opportunity to receive advice from Schubert-Pharma on all aspects of automated pharmaceutical packaging solutions. Experts from Faller Packaging will be on site to answer any questions relating to packaging materials.