Sustainability, digitalisation, e-commerce: the packaging industry is undergoing a great deal of change. The key topic at this year’s Fachpack show at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre is “Transition in packaging”. As a packaging industry landmark, the Fachpack is of course on Gerhard Schubert’s trade fair calendar. From 27 to 29 September 2022, the Crailsheim-based packaging expert will be showcasing its solutions to meet current challenges. This includes, for instance, the presentation of its new Mission Blue Sustainability Initiative. In Hall 1, Stand 219, visitors will have an opportunity to experience a flexible traypacker as well as the Partbox, the new 3D printer from Schubert Additive Solutions, live.
As a family-owned business, Schubert has always had the upcoming generations in mind. Sustainability is firmly anchored in the Crailsheim-based packaging manufacturer’s corporate culture. Very aware of the serious challenges facing the environment and our planet, Schubert has now defined four fields of action with its Mission Blue Sustainability Initiative, which defines specific measures to be implemented or advanced: sustainable corporate management, climate-neutral production, environmentally friendly machines and services, and sustainable packaging.
One of the objectives Schubert is pursuing with Mission Blue is to become a climate-neutral company. In addition to its in-house ambitions, Schubert is ideally positioned to support its customers with more sustainable production and is actively advancing future-proof packaging solutions - both with and for its customers. A key area, for example, is innovative packaging development that makes use of more environmentally friendly materials or resource-saving blanks. Schubert is laying the foundation for sustainable packaging with the flexibility and state-of-the-art robot technology featured in its packaging machines and lines.
At the Fachpack show, Schubert will be showcasing how robotics are enabling more flexibility with a traypacker. The customer machine packs hamburgers, which are sealed in a transparent pack, into cardboard trays with separate lids. The machine can pack products into three different packaging variants from 4-count to 16-count packaging. In the future, as many as 14 different packaging formats will be available. A variety of packing configurations can be created by flexibly combining single and multiple packs. Single trays can either be glued next to each other or stacked to create a double tray. A ‘completeness check’ also ensures that only complete trays filled with flawless products are sealed. As is now the case with every Schubert machine, the traypacker’s two F4 pick & place robots are also equipped with 3D printed format parts. The F4 picker tool for transferring the products as well as the lidding tools are each fitted with 3D printed parts, which the customer can call up as a print job via the Partbox streaming platform - and produce themselves using the new Partbox printer from Schubert.
After a successful premiere at the Anuga Foodtec in Cologne, the Schubert Additive Solutions team is now delighted to present the Partbox in Nuremberg. The Partbox is a 3D printer that enables manufacturers to produce components directly in their own operations - with the fastest possible availability. This enables defective parts to be replaced quickly and new formats for modified products to be produced in-house. Schubert also supplies the Partbox Black filament as a suitable printing material. The material is food-grade and features good mechanical properties and high temperature resistance. The high print quality is ensured by precise components and exact dosing of the filament.