Germany-based flexible packaging and filling machines manufacturer Gerhard Schubert will be presenting a prototype for a TLM packaging machine without an electrical cabinet.

The company claims the reduced electronics in the machine has led to a further decrease in maintenance costs of the company’s robot-supported packaging machines.

Servo modules of the machine that do not contain an electrical cabinet belong within a decentralised control architecture for TLM robots. The company has also been able to reduce the number of electronic parts.

"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."

The company added a water cooling feature to the remaining components of the machine that help in increasing the life of the electrical equipment besides reducing its waste heat.

Customers will be able to use energy from the water cooling by using a heat exchanger. The machine is energy efficient as it uses drive systems with energy recovery.

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Gerhard Schubert will be demonstrating the machine at the FachPack 2015 trade show in Nuremberg. It will demonstrate the functioning of the machine with the help of a pick and place process, where four-axle TLM F44 robots will take white and black bears from a white product belt and place them on Transmoduls in a specific formation.

Gerhard Schubert said in a statement: "White bears on a white background, the vision system can detect the products in spite of the very low-contrast environment, thanks to Schubert’s new scanner.

"The Schubert 3D scanner brings spatial vision to life. 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.

"This eliminates the generation of ghosting images through dirt or product residues on the belt."

Additionally, the scanner is capable of detecting defective products that can be removed from the packaging process.

Image: The prototype for the TLM packaging machine has decreased maintenance costs. Photo: courtesy of Gerhard Schubert.