Better packaging machine efficiency with new Schubert system

18 Mar

2010

TLM Transmodule

Schubert has developed a new high-tech transport device for boosting the efficiency of its automated packaging machines. 

The Transmodule, which replaces its previous vacuum conveyor scheme, is designed to use less power as it moves cartons between a line’s packing operations. 

It operates on a rail system that links each processing station of a Schubert packaging line, which typically comprises 5 sub-machines handling the carton erecting, filling and closing processes. 

The Transmodule consists of vacuum suction cups for holding the erected boxes in place, a drive motor and control electronics. It only requires power when accelerating from a standstill to its travel speed of up to 5m/sec. 

When the Transmodule decelerates to position itself for the robotic packing process, the drive motor switches over to generator mode, thereby supplying electricity stored in capacitors, which is used when starting up again. At the end of the operation, the device returns to its starting position along the rail system. 

The Transmodule offers wireless data and power transfer and is linked to the machine’s software control system. Schubert plans to extend the use of the device for its new automatic tool change facility set to be launched next year. 

“This new method will set new standards in packaging machine construction and pave the way for more efficient and flexible packing machines,” commented David Maddern, Schubert UK’s sales director. 

The Transmodule system can be seen for the first time in the UK on a confectionery packing demonstration line on Schubert’s stand 5719 at the Total Packaging & Processing Show in May. 

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