At FachPack today Marcel Kiessling, Schubert’s managing director, sales and service, introduced the new ‘lightline’ series, which emphasises compact design, short delivery times, quick set-up and commissioning. Targeting customers who want to efficiently automate standard packaging tasks with reduced format and packaging variants, the company now offers three pre-configured machine types: the lightline Cartonpacker, the lightline Flowpacker and the lightline Pickerline.
High flexibility is not necessarily a key area of focus for all product packaging tasks. Often what is required are solutions to take on simple, standardised packaging tasks. Gerhard Schubert GmbH developed its new lightline machine series for manufacturers who want to efficiently automate their standard packaging tasks with reduced format and packaging variants.
“With our new Schubert lightline machine series, and as a globally recognised market leader in TLM packaging machines, we are consistently advancing the standardisation of our modular technology,” stated Marcel Kiessling. “Customers now have the choice between pre-configured machines from the new lightline product series with defined product and packaging formats, and freely configurable machines, tailored to individual customer requirements. Of course, we guarantee the same high Schubert quality for all machines,” adds Marcel Kiessling. “A key advantage the Schubert lightline offers is that, since the new machine types are pre-configured, we can deliver them much more quickly and less expensively.” In the future, the time required from order receipt to commissioning by the customer should amount to only two to three months. And, since the machines are ready for use almost immediately, customers can react extremely quickly to new market demands.
The Schubert lightline series comprises three machine types to handle the most important packaging tasks. The new lightline Cartonpacker takes on the role of a classic case packer when erecting, filling and closing cartons. The lightline Pickerline is a pick & place line for picking up and placing products in trays. The lightline series of three is completed with the Flowpacker, which packs products in flowpacks in conjunction with the Pickerline.
Each machine type is based on pre-configured TLM modules. This enables Schubert to considerably speed up the planning and assembly process. In addition, the Cartonpacker, for example, is delivered as a unit in one module, which reduces the installation requirements.
All three machines in the new series stand out with their focus on essential functions, which results in even lower energy consumption and lower operating costs. The proven functional principles of Schubert technology and an intelligent machine control system ensure reliable operation with high system availability over the machine’s entire lifecycle. Another advantage is that the machines from the new lightline product series are suitable for smaller production volumes as well as for high output quantities. As you would expect from Schubert products, the lightline machines are scalable, i.e. they can be adapted to individual performance requirements by simply adding further modules.
As part of Schubert Customer Services, the new machine types will be linked with the company’s new GRIPS.world digital platform in the future. Therefore, the three new lightline pre-configured lines will be equipped with the same scope of services as all other TLM packaging machines in terms of system availability (OEE) and preventive service. Through predictive maintenance, this platform will ensure long-term investment security in a TLM system in the future. Customers will also benefit from the integrated condition monitoring of information and data that will help them further increase their productivity. The packaging machine manufacturer guarantees secure data transfer through its GS.Gate. This machine gateway, developed by the Schubert System Elektronik subsidiary in collaboration with genua GmbH, protects the data through a firewall that encrypts it extremely securely.