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Gerhard Schubert GmbH is a global leader in top-loading packaging (TLM) machines. These machines are used to handle a range of products of different shapes and sizes. They collaborate with companies to enable them to print format parts for machines used to automate the manufacturing process of products for markets such as food, confectionery, beverages, pharmaceutical and cosmetics. As such, these machines must be able to be converted into different formats quickly and easily.
3D printing solution
With 3D printing and a 'digital warehouse' Schubert have enhanced the efficiency and ability of TLM machines. Ultimaker supports business like Gerhard Schubert by offering them flexibility with a full 3D printing ecosystem, allowing companies to meet demanding daily production goals. The digital warehouse allows customers to select the part they want and Schubert sends them the certified .gode file to their Ultimaker printer. 3D printing custom parts, tools, and safety devices in-house promote a culture of innovation and continuous improvement by giving manufacturers the power to 3D print problem-solving parts and tools that increase productivity and overall equipment efficiency (OEE).
Benefits of a 'digital warehouse'
Companies use 3D printing to reduce production costs accelerate time to market, and get ahead of the competition. However, sending the 3D printed parts to customers is time-consuming. To offset this, Schubert offers customers a digital warehouse and Ultimaker 3D printers to customised machine parts and print-on-demand locally.
When a customer needs new tools or parts, they can go to an online library that functions as a digital warehouse, and immediately print what they need. This is a huge benefit to Schubert's clients, decreasing lead times for new parts - and eliminating the need for extra space to store a warehouse of spares.
Certified print jobs, satisfied clients
Schubert asks companies to 3D print their own parts on their Ultimaker 3D printer, because of this they must be able to guarantee a certain standard of quality, ensuring that customers will always be satisfied with their finished prints. Schubert is very proficient in the way they operate and shares print jobs with all settings and preferences built-in rather than pre-sliced 3D models. For this to be effective, Schubert must choose a 3D printer that is both easy to use and known for its reliability and repeatability.
That is why all parts that can be 3D printed on-demand are prepared and optimised for an Ultimaker 3D printer. Schubert still uses several other manufacturing techniques for parts that cannot be 3D printed - for example, if they are too large or have material requirements 3D printing cannot deliver.
Once Schubert's engineers achieve the desired quality in a 3D printed part, the print job is certified and stored in the client's digital warehouse. The client simply needs to select the file, confident they are receiving certified parts that meet their specific demands. With Ultimaker, companies can gain outstanding manufacturing flexibility and versatility by having a 3D printer onsite that can print parts 24/7, boost productivity, and open up additional opportunities for customisation. Having the ability to involve your customers in the production process can give your business a competitive advantage. With the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle, companies can print with almost 24/7 uptime in an automatic, humidity-controlled environment and reduce the need for operator interaction.