Product-friendly packaging machines from Schubert

pick and place robot

Automation with a packaging machine doesn’t always mean that the products are handled gently throughout the entire packaging process. Feeding and sorting play a major role here. Schubert avoids the problem entirely with the targeted use of robotics: With pick & place robots, even highly sensitive products can be packed extremely gently.

Product-friendly packaging machines from Schubert

Sensitive products are at risk during packaging for a variety of reasons: Fragile baked goods such as delicate sponge biscuits, pressure-sensitive products such as airy croissants or heat-sensitive goods such as pralines and chocolate require special solutions throughout the packaging process. Thanks to its modular TLM packaging machines, Schubert is able to respond ideally to each individual customer and their special products. Quality is the main focus at Schubert. This is why the packaging machine manufacturer attaches great importance to solutions that can guarantee gentle product handling and high product quality as early as in the machine concept stage. Central to this is the targeted use of robotics and state-of-the-art robot tools. Robot technology not only ensures flawless quality, it also increases the efficiency of the entire packaging machine, as the following examples show.

flow-wrapping machine

The flow-wrapping machine deployed at La Petite Bretonne packs heat-sensitive chocolate croissants using Schubert’s unique heat-sealing technology.

A flow-wrapping machine with pick & place robots and heat-sealing technology

Conventional mechanical flow-wrapping machines usually feed the product via long belts. In the Flowpacker, Schubert’s flow-wrapping machine, however, the products are fed by pick & place robots. Processing with robots is much gentler and more efficient: no product abrasion on long feed paths, no rejects due to breakage, no unnecessary contamination of the packaging system. Even highly sensitive products can be packed in the Flowpacker without any problems. Furthermore, the pick & place robots are able to group and stack products in all possible variations. A further advantage of this flow-wrapping machine is Schubert’s unique heat-sealing technology. With the flying cross-sealing unit, even heat-sensitive products can be packed in flowpacks made of heat-sealable film.

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Pick and place robots

An additional customised vibrating unit and pick & place robots ensure exceptionally gentle product handling in Mieszko’s automated system.

A vibrating unit, image processing and pick & place replace mechanical pre-sorting

Exquisite filled chocolate pralines require special care when they are automatically packed in trays and boxes. For this reason, Schubert developed a special vibrating unit for the praline creations of its customer Mieszko. It is integrated into the praline packing machine’s infeed and gently places the semi-spherical chocolate pralines on their flat underside. The products are automatically pre-positioned correctly, and are then carefully picked up individually by the pick & place robots and placed in trays. Image processing is also important for efficient automation and high product quality: It only recognises flawless products and at Mieszko, it also enables the flexible packaging of different praline mixes with pick & place robots without further upstream sorting.

An unlimited variety of tools for pick & place robots

Pick & place robots in a packaging machine only develop their full potential with precisely fitting tools. Specially manufactured robot tools are a guarantee for gentle product handling. This is why Schubert develops individual robot tools for each customer. An ideally adapted gripper or suction cup is especially important for sensitive products, because fragile or pressure-sensitive goods can be damaged quickly during automated picking & placing. Schubert uses 3D printing for challenging product shapes: The freely designed format parts from the printer can be cut precisely to any conceivable product shape – for an unlimited variety of automated packaging solutions.

Precisely fitting grippers and suction cups ensure gentle product handling in the packaging machine. Format parts from the 3D printer can also be adapted to any product shape.

Learn more about the product-friendly packaging machines in our case studies

Packaging machine la petite bretonne

La Petite Bretonne

Learn more about the product-friendly packaging machines in our case studies

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Pick and place machine packs a wide variety of baked goods into thin plastic trays

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Fully automatic assembly of praline assortments and packing them into boxes

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The Belgian Specialist Baker Destrooper-Olivier relies on Schubert technology to pack biscuits into plastic trays.

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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.