Premier in the UK – TLM machine without electrical cabinet
For the first time in Great Britain, Gerhard Schubert GmbH was presenting the first packaging machine without an electrical cabinet at the PPMA 2016 in Birmingham. The reduced electronics further lower the maintenance costs of robot-supported packaging machines. Customers from sectors such as food and consumer goods benefit from the system’s high efficiency and availability, as do cosmetics and pharmaceuticals manufacturers. Once again, with this innovation, Schubert has followed one of its key guiding principles – that of reducing complexity and increasing flexibility.
Reduced mechanical parts
Since the servo modules of the machine without an electrical cabinet belong within a decentralised control architecture for TLM robots, they no longer require an electrical cabinet and the machine frame’s head section is considerably smaller. The number of electronic parts has been greatly reduced, leaving only a few components. At the same time, the operation and maintenance of the machine are easier than ever. Customers can therefore take on their packaging tasks based on more user-friendly automation, implemented through virtually uninterrupted operation with minimum personnel input. Since the software doesn’t wear out or need maintenance, this technology proves not only flexible, but also cost-effective in operation.
The machine’s remaining control components are equipped with a cooling feature, which increases the life of the electrical equipment. Moreover, it reduces the system’s waste heat. With a heat exchanger, the customer can make use of the energy from the cooling process. Yet another plus in terms of energy is that Schubert utilises drive systems with energy recovery – as with all TLM systems.
3D scanner increases efficiency
White bears on a white background – the Vision System can detect the products in spite of the low-contrast environment, because Schubert is equipping its machines with a new scanner. The Vision System uses the data from the scanner to calculate a height profile and therefore the three-dimensional shape of the products to be packaged. Dirt or product residues on the belt can no longer generate ghosting images. In addition, the 3D scanner can detect defects – for instance, if a brown sandwich biscuit with brown cream is missing its cover section. Defective products such as these are eliminated from any part of the packaging process – thus driving line efficiency. Thanks to the 3D scanner, image recognition is more effective and more accurate. Customers from all business sectors benefit from less waste, higher productivity and improved quality.