Gerhard Schubert GmbH Verpackungsmaschinen and KHS, the specialist in beverage bottling systems, have brought together their expertise in bottle packing and combined their technologies as part of a collaborative effort: the jointly developed block solution delivers maximum flexibility and stands out with its exceptionally compact design. The collaboration opens up a higher degree of customisation in packaging solutions for breweries and other beverage producers with close to unlimited format possibilities – resulting in decisive competitive advantages.
In conventional production lines for packing beverage bottles in baskets or cluster packs, individual machines are connected via transport units. The new solution combines Schubert and KHS’s systems into a single compact, space-saving unit. Additional transport units are no longer required. This is made possible by the use of Schubert’s Transmodul. The patented transport robot takes over the transport of erected cartons in the KHS system and then transports the bottle-filled cartons to the corresponding module for gluing and closing.
With an inline output capacity of up to 72,000 bottles, the new system can process around 30,000 bottles per hour.
Schubert’s managing director Gerald Schubert said: “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.”
“Flexibility is also reflected in the variety of possible packaging variants: the system can handle cases as well as baskets, clusters and other secondary carton packaging.”
The company is currently involved in developing modular solutions and offering packaging of various beverages, including beer, yoghurt drinks, champagne, apple wine and fruit juice.
KHS Group board chairman Dr Matthias Niemeyer said: “Even with production volumes of more than 100,000 hectolitres, the benefits of our customised machine concept can be fully exploited.”
The companies have jointly developed a packaging block, which will be installed at Switzerland’s Schützengarten Brewery, in St. Gallen. The multifunctional system integrates a KHS packer and a Schubert erecting and closing module, which can pack cases as well as cardboard boxes. Once delivered, Schützengarten will process 11 different bottle formats using the compact packaging solution.
The customer benefits from a highly flexible overall solution, which enables significant increases in packaging quality and efficiency.