A lack of skilled workers and fierce competition in fast-moving consumer goods are putting pressure on manufacturers when it comes to packaging their products. Automation of core processes such as filling or cartoning is often the first step towards more efficient, digitalised packaging processes. However, product feeding often remains a weak point, as automation at this stage has so far been cost-inefficient. A high degree of speed, flexibility and simplicity is required here – three factors which are usually solved more effectively by deploying more personnel. Schubert is now overcoming this automation barrier with its first specially developed Cobot tog.519 (tog. stands for together).
More staying power than a human, faster than commercially available collaborative robots, extremely easy to programme, and mobile: The cooperative Cobot from Schubert is the intelligent first step into the digital automation of manual feeding tasks and helps customers achieve a ground-breaking technological leap. With the Cobot, manufacturing companies have a digitalised, high-tech and easy-to-operate solution at hand to take their packaging automation to the next level over the long term – and to successfully master current and future market requirements. The development of Schubert Cobots will soon offer automation possibilities within the packaging industry that no other Cobot can match today.
Typically Schubert: With the Cobot, the packaging machine manufacturer is demonstrating once again why it doesn’t simply adopt technologies, but rather advances them into ground-breaking innovations for the industry. The Cobot is the first of its kind to seamlessly combine state-of-the-art robot technology and 3D image processing into one interface-free unit. This makes it one of the fastest Cobots on the market when reaching into an unsorted group of products. But that’s not all: Image processing with underlying artificial intelligence (AI) makes the Cobot exceptionally easy to programme and extremely flexible to use.
The high cycle rate of up to 80 cycles significantly speeds up packaging processes. Possible applications for the Cobot are fast feeding at the machine, ‘kit’ assembly, where various product parts are put together to form a set, or product finishing. A complete modular system for Cobot solutions was deﬁned as a development goal at Schubert, comprising five-axis Scara kinematics, a vision system, feed belts, a safety module and much more. Today, the first Cobot is being used for the automation of feeding processes at a renowned food manufacturer, and further applications are now being tested.
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Automation of packaging processes with a tog.519 leads to exceptionally easy handling, flexible application options in production and high-quality packaging results. The cooperative robots from Schubert support manufacturers reliably and in ever-changing ways in the packaging of everyday products – without requiring any additional programming knowledge or robotics know-how.
Watch the video to find out what the Cobot can do for you and how easy it is to programme.
- Very easy and fast learning of new formats
The AI only required a digitalised product (CAD) and a few days to learn. The physical properties of the product such as texture and material are selected via a simple graphic user interface. Then the Cobot recognises the new format without requiring further programming and can be used in production with its new task.
- High-level safety in production
The cooperative robot can be operated either with or without a protective cell. In the variant without a protective cell, the Cobot independently slows down its working speed gradually until it comes to a standstill when a human approaches. This ensures the safety of everyone present at all times.
- Advanced automation
The Cobot takes over monotonous manual production tasks with outstanding precision and speed. It therefore extends the automated packaging process to the area in front of the packaging machine and ensures greater efficiency.
- High process speed
As a cooperative robot, the Cobot achieves an exceptionally high cycle rate which is adapted to the packaging machine’s performance. This enables a high overall process speed.
- No pre-separation required
By reaching directly into an unsorted group of products, the Cobot saves product pre-separation and therefore a working step in the packaging process.
- Mobile operating locations
In production, for example, the cooperative robot can be easily moved to a different location using a lifting cart. Mobility ensures flexible packaging processes.
- Fast learning processes
The fast learning of new formats with the help of AI and the easy control interface enable the user to set up a new task without further programming knowledge.
- Self-contained, compact system
At its place of use, the Cobot does not require any additional components and can completely map the main function, picking from an unsorted group of products, on an area of only 1.5m2
- Gentle product handling
The individually shaped and ideally adapted 3D tools guarantee safe and gentle handling to ensure high product quality.
- Technology optimised to specific packaging processes
The Cobot’s technology concept of operating robotics and AI-based image processing as a complete seamless solution is tailored to the special features of specific packaging processes and allows for consistently high production quality – even with varying tasks.
Schubert’s Cobots are primarily developed for pick & place applications with lightweight products. The areas of application are in the food and confectionery sectors, as well as in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, i.e. wherever lightweight products have to be fed very quickly into a line. High quantities can also be processed here in ‘kit’ assembly, where different products need to be combined in one set, or for product finishing.
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Benefit from our new technology: You can test the Cobot yourself at Schubert’s Crailsheim site. Simply set up a telephone appointment – with no obligation!
Since 2019, the Cobot has been in development at Schubert by a young, international team that is passionately dedicated to the cooperative robot and its further progress. A start-up was created to enable the team to act independently from the Schubert Group in its research and development work. At the same time, the Cobot team members greatly benefit from the existing company structure and the company’s outstanding expertise in a wide range of technology areas. To ensure support as needed, specialists from the areas of software development, image processing, mechanics, manufacturing and other departments can be contacted at any time and, of course, make full use of the company’s infrastructure.