Gerhard Schubert GmbH, headquartered in Crailsheim, Germany, is the globally recognised market leader in top-loading packaging machines (TLM). The manufacturer relies on an interplay of simple mechanics, intelligent control technology and high modularity for its digital, robot-based packaging machines. Founded in 1966, and committed to its vision, Schubert quickly developed into a highly respected expert in digital packaging machines. Consistently guided by this philosophy and its distinctive culture of innovation, the company has been pursuing entirely independent technological paths for over 50 years.
Flexibility, efficiency and reliable technology are the hallmarks of TLM packaging machines from Gerhard Schubert GmbH. Thanks to their ingenious mechanics combined with an intelligent control system, the modular packaging machines ensure outstanding overall system efficiency. On this basis, the family-owned company provides its customers with future-proof packaging machine solutions that are easy to operate, flexible in format changeover, exceptionally efficient and stable in operation. The TLM machines package products of all types and from all industries – ranging from food, confectionery, beverages, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to technical articles – into trays, cartons, boxes, bottles, tubes or flowpacks.
Today, Schubert’s eight system components enable flexible machine design in which all functions such as feeding, erecting, filling, closing/sealing, flow-wrapping, thermoforming, labelling, marking and palletising can be combined. In addition to the VMS packaging machine control system, the system components are the two, three, four and the recently introduced five-axis robots, image recognition systems, the machine frame and the Transmodul. Its market launch in 2009 is still regarded as ground-breaking in the industry today. The rail-based robot makes transport tasks much more efficient. At the same time, the Transmodul has further increased the compactness of the TLM lines. The flexible assembly with individually manufactured format attachments ensures that this ingenious means of transport can be used to pack a wide variety of products with just one packaging machine.
In 2016, Gerhard Schubert GmbH not only celebrated its 50th anniversary, but also the introduction of a new system component that sets new standards for packaging products in flowpacks. For the first time ever, the Flowmodul enables the packaging of products in flowpacks seamlessly within the proven TLM packaging machines. The eighth system component delivers an all-new benchmark in primary packaging in terms of quality control, efficiency, space requirements and flexibility.
For even more compactness and flexibility, Schubert launched its lightline machine series in 2018 This range consists of three preconfigured, compact and highly efficient packaging systems. It stands out with short planning and installation times as well as attractive procurement costs. With the lightline machines, the proven TLM system components and Schubert control technology also ensure reliable operation with high system availability.
The Schubert Group regularly presents major innovative leaps forward that offer benefits in new dimensions to customers and conquer numerous market segments with new technologies. Well-known brands such as Ferrero, Nestlé, Unilever and Roche rely on automation solutions from Schubert, as do numerous small, medium-sized and family-run companies. Through its subsidiary Schubert Packaging Systems with the Schubert Consulting division, the Schubert Group not only has a wealth of experience in mechanical engineering, but also comprehensive expertise in system design and engineering as well as supplier-independent consulting services for its customers throughout the entire production and packaging process.
As early as in the 1970s, company founder Gerhard Schubert examined how he could achieve maximum flexibility in packaging processes with the aid of robotics. The human body served as a perfect model for his packaging machines. In 1981, Schubert presented the result of these considerations, which was ready for series production: ROBY, the first packaging robot of its kind with a freely programmable feeding unit. The big breakthrough came in 1985 with the presentation of the SNC-F2 robot for erecting, filling and sealing cartons. In the same year, Schubert also presented the first chocolate packing line with its own image processing system. Since then, the company has been one of the forerunners in both areas and regularly raises the bar in packaging technology with the introduction of numerous market-ready innovations. These include, for example, world-renowned systems such as the Transmodul, the first transport robot in packaging machines, or the Schubert 3D scanner.
Schubert is currently attracting considerable attention in the industry with its product innovations and advancements in the field of digital robot technology and artificial intelligence (AI) for machines. For example, a new part streaming platform from Schubert Additive Solutions, a subsidiary founded in 2019, produces format and spare parts using 3D printing. For customers, the platform acts as a virtual warehouse for their individual, digitally stored format parts. Production can take place at the push of a button and practically in real time. AI is used in the innovative cooperative robots that Schubert is currently developing. So-called cobots are industrial robots which, for the first time, do not require a protective space. They promise to become a further milestone in packaging technology.
Gerhard Schubert GmbH is a family-run company with company founder Gerhard Schubert and son Ralf Schubert as managing partners. They run the company together with Peter Gabriel and Marcel Kiessling. In addition to international operations in Great Britain, North America and, since 2018, China, the Schubert Group also encompasses subsidiaries in the fields of IT, production engineering and small series, additive manufacturing and packaging services. Today, the group of companies, managed by the second generation, employs more than 1,400 people worldwide.