TLM technology allows Schubert to provide its customers with future-proof, high-performance packaging machine solutions that are reliable, easy to operate, and flexible in terms of format conversion. These machines pack products of all types and from all sectors and industries – food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, technical products – in boxes, trays, cartons, or flow-wrap bags.
Widely known brands such as Ferrero, Nestlé, Unilever, and Roche depend on Schubert’s automation solutions, along with many small, medium-sized and family-owned businesses. Founded in 1966, the second generation of the Crailsheim, Germany-based company now employs more than 1,300 people.
Gerhard Schubert – Introduction
Gerhard Schubert GmbH is a global market leader in top-loading packaging machines (TLM). For its digital, robot-based packaging machines, Schubert combines simple mechanics, intelligent control technology, and high modularity – developed through more than 50 years of innovation. And now, 3D printing and a ‘digital warehouse’ are helping to enhance this solution even further.
A packaging line for all occasions
A much-valued part of Schubert’s service is the creation of new tools for its packaging machines. These tools are what enable the machines to handle different products. With the help of a new tool, for example, a machine that packages chocolate rabbits for Easter will also be able to package chocolate Santa Clauses during the Christmas holiday season. When a customer wants to produce a new product, they can simply send it to Schubert, which then develops the right tools and programming needed for the machine to handle it.
Using 3D printing technology gives Schubert more freedom in the designs it creates – and much higher degrees of flexibility than with those created using traditional methods of manufacturing.
For instance, a tool which once consisted of more than 200 parts can be created in a single print, reducing weight and assembly time.
3D printing also allows Schubert to iterate on parts much faster. Compared to traditional production methods, lead times per iteration have been reduced from weeks to hours, resulting in enormous cost savings.
Creating a digital warehouse
Certified print jobs, satisfied customers
The Ultimaker is that printer. At Schubert, all parts that can be 3D printed on-demand are prepared and optimized for Ultimaker 3D printers. Schubert still uses a number of other manufacturing techniques for parts that cannot be 3D printed – for example, if it is too large or has particular material requirements 3D printing cannot deliver.
Once Schubert’s engineers achieve the desired quality in a 3D printed part, the print job is certified and stored in the client’s digital warehouse. All the client needs to do is simply select the file, confident that they are receiving certified parts that meet their specific demands.
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With Ultimaker technology fully embedded in its workflows, Schubert now has a scalable solution to serve customers with more flexibility, shorter cycle times, and at a lower cost.
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