Schubert is known for developing modular technology and packaging beverages such as beer, yoghurt drinks, champagne, apple wine and fruit juice.
The joint initiative connects a KHS packer with a Schubert erecting and closing module into a single unit to pack cases and cardboard boxes, at Schützengarten Brewery in St. Gallen, Switzerland.
The Swiss brewery will process 11 bottle formats on the line – seven are returnable and four disposable. The returnable bottles are packed in six different plastic cases and Schützengarten uses six carton formats for the disposable bottles.
Prof. Matthias Niemeyer, chairman of the Board, KHS Group, told BeverageDaily, conventional production lines that pack beverage bottles in baskets or cluster packs are normally connected using various transport units.
The Schubert and KHS system can produce an output of up to 72,000 bottles and depending on how many modules are combined, process up to 30,000 bottles per hour.
Schubert’s Transmodul robot
By using Schubert’s Transmodul robot, it can transport cartons in the KHS system and bottle-filled cartons to a corresponding module for gluing and closing.
“Even with production volumes of more than 100,000 hectolitres, the benefits of our customised machine concept can be fully exploited. And, the customer can expand the line at a later date,” he said.
The flexible system can handle cases, baskets, clusters and secondary carton packaging.
“Bringing together a variety of different modules, our customers are provided with exactly the system that meets their specific requirements in terms of packaging design and performance capability,” added Gerald Schubert, MD, Gerhard Schubert.