Good Packaging Enhances Customer Satisfaction

Technological support is essential in order to ensure efficient and fast packaging processing. A process using material flow technology components accelerates the handling of all your shipping units, minimises your costs and prevents incorrect deliveries. The software that controls and optimises the packaging process also plays a key role. Automation supports their individual packaging process and consequently promotes the ideal customer experience for their customers.

Products and Solutions for Packaging

GEBHARDT Packaging Workstations Ensure Improved Ergonomics

Ergonomic packaging stations that are automatically supplied and disposed of are equally important as effective dispatch systems. The order items can be provided individually and as you need them, then packaged and shipped. If required, workstations at GEBHARDT are also designed specifically for the customer in order to best meet your requirements.

GEBHARDT StoreWare® LVS and MFS increase efficiency in the packaging process

Our software supports them in their packaging process by reducing the throughput time through the optimum use of resources or by supporting the selection of the appropriate packaging material. GEBHARDT StoreWare® can also be deployed to manage value-added services. It can, for example, to add catalogues or special offers, or notes on a special type of packaging, such as a gift box.

Integration of Printing, Labelling, Packaging and Weighing Systems

We integrate a wide range of solutions into the packaging process. Cartons can be opened with automatic carton setup machines and closed with carton closers or automatic lidding machines (packaging machines). Strapping machines can fit plastic straps to secure them for transport. Automatic labelling machines apply shipping labels to cartons fully automatically. Delivery notes can be printed and inserted by automatic printing systems. Machines for filling or padding the carton contents can also be integrated. Automatic weighing systems integrated into the conveyor line check the packaging result and determine the shipping weight.

The Connecting Element

Our conveyor solutions connect the different elements of a packaging solution. Set up cartons can be transported in the same way as polybags or shipping bags. This allows them to ensure maximum flexibility in the packaging process and they are also ideally positioned to meet future requirements. An integrated dispatch line requires corresponding conveyor elements to reliably ensure the desired packaging result.

Examples of Packaging Solutions

Integration of a Folding Box Closing Machine

Picked goods, which are transported here to the workstations in containers or open cartons by picking trolleys, are packaged ready for dispatch. The picked goods are removed from the containers and packaged for this. A packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The packages can either be weighed and/or labelled at the workstation or in transit on the conveyor system. In the first case, the employees place the package on a table scale and also print the shipping label at the workstation. Since the container with the picked goods was scanned at the outset, all the necessary information can be retrieved from a higher-level IT system (ERP, WMS and LVS, etc.). In the second case, the carton must be marked with a barcode or 2D code. This is then merged with the information of the container code at the workstation. The cartons are lidded, strapped, weighed and labelled by a folding lid closing machine.


Process Description

  • Picked goods are brought to the packing workstations with picking trolleys.
  • The employees pack the picked goods into open folding cartons and enclose the shipping documents.
  • The open cartons are then pushed onto the conveyor system and transported away.
  • The cartons are closed and transported away with a folding carton closing machine.
Packaging Workstation: Automatic Feeding of Picked Goods, Manual Loading

This solution is used to pack picked goods, which are usually transported to the workstations in containers or open cartons ready for dispatch. The containers with picked goods are discharged from the conveyor loop onto spur tracks. These spur tracks can accumulate the containers and supply two workstations with containers at a time. The allocation to the feed lines is either carried out according to the fill level or specifically by the control system. Containers can circulate through the conveyor loop, which allows a buffer to be created. A packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The packages can be optionally weighed and/or labelled at the workstation. The employees place the package on a table scale and also print the shipping label at the workstation. Since the container with the picked goods was scanned at the outset, all the necessary information can be retrieved from a higher-level system (ERP, WMS and LVS, etc.). The finished packages can be collected in trolleys or on pallets. The packed cartons can also be optionally strapped. The empty containers are either returned manually using pallets or the empty containers are placed on the conveyor loop and transported away.


Process Description

  • Containers with picked goods move onto the container loop and can circle there until a place is available on a spur track to one of the workstations.
  • Each of the 2 workstations shares one spur track. Containers are accumulated on this spur track.
  • The employees pull the containers onto the workstation, remove the picked goods from the containers, pack them into cartons and prepare the cartons for dispatch.
  • The cartons that are ready for shipping are collected on pallets or in trolleys. The empty containers are manually placed back on the container loop and transported away or collected on pallets.
Packaging Workstation: Manual Feeding of Picked Goods, Automatic Removal

This solution is used to pack picked goods, which are usually transported to the workstations in containers or open cartons using picking trolleys, until they are ready for dispatch. The picked goods are removed from the containers and packaged for this. A packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The packages can either be weighed and/or labelled at the workstation or in transit on the conveyor system. In the first case, the employees place the package on a table scale and also print the shipping label at the workstation. Since the container with the picked goods was scanned at the outset, all the necessary information can be retrieved from a higher-level system (ERP, WMS and LVS, etc.). In the second case, the carton must be marked with a barcode or 2D code. This is then merged with the information of the container code at the workstation. If the carton is then placed on the conveyor system after packing and weighed and labelled in transit, the system detects which carton is to be prepared for dispatch and can retrieve the data accordingly in the higher-level system. The packed cartons can also be optionally strapped. STOP HERE An employee at the end of the conveyor line sorts the finished packages to different destinations.


Process Description

  • Picked goods are brought to the workstations with picking trolleys.
  • The employees pack the picked goods into cartons and prepare them for dispatch.
  • The cartons are then pushed onto the conveyor system and transported away.
  • The employee at the end of the conveyor line sorts the cartons to different shipping providers.
Packaging Workstation: Automatic Feeding of Picked Goods, Automatic Removal

This solution is used to pack picked goods, which are usually transported to the workstations in containers or open cartons ready for dispatch. To achieve this, the picked goods are removed from the containers, which are transported on the upper conveyor level and discharged either specifically or according to fill level onto the individual conveyor stacks at the workstations. An optional packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The packages can either be weighed and/or labelled at the workstation or in transit on the conveyor system. Both solutions can be provided as an option. In the first case, the employees place the package on a table scale and also print the shipping label at the workstation. Since the container with the picked goods was scanned at the outset, all the necessary information can be retrieved from a higher-level system (ERP, WMS and LVS, etc.). In the second case, the carton must be marked with a barcode or 2D code. This is then merged with the information of the container code at the workstation. If the carton is then placed on the lower conveyor level after packing and weighed and labelled in transit, the system detects which carton is to be prepared for dispatch and can retrieve the data accordingly in the higher-level system. The solution is flexible, but requires the conveyance goods to have a label with a unique ID. The packed cartons can also be optionally strapped. The empty container is returned either manually or automatically.


Process Description

  • Containers with picked goods are transported to the workstations on the upper conveyor line.
  • The employees remove the order-picking containers from the accumulation conveyor sections arranged parallel to the workstations.
  • The allocation to the accumulation conveyor sections takes place randomly according to the fill level or specifically through communication with a higher-level system.
  • The picked goods are packed into cartons at the workstations and the cartons which are ready for dispatch are pushed onto the lower conveyor line and transported away.
  • Empty containers are collected on pallets. They can also be optionally transported away together with the cartons which are ready for dispatch.
Integration of a Strapping Machine

This solution is used to pack picked goods, which are transported to the workstations in open cartons on the conveyor system so that they are ready for dispatch. Each workstation has its own feed line. The open boxes are provided with shipping documents and packed. A packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The packages can either be weighed and/or labelled at the workstation or in transit on the conveyor system. If the carton is then transported on the conveyor system after packaging and weighed and labelled in transit, the system detects which carton is to be prepared for dispatch and can retrieve the data accordingly in the higher-level system. At the end of the outfeed section, the cartons are provided with strapping bands by a strapping machine.


Process Description

  • On the feed lines, open cartons with picked goods are manually fed.
  • The employees at the workstations scan the pick list or the carton, print shipping documents and prepare the cartons for dispatch.
  • The employees push the cartons over onto a roller conveyor that moves to a strapper where the cartons are strapped.
Integration of a Carton Closer

This solution is used to pack picked goods so that they are ready for dispatch. To achieve this, the picked goods are removed from the picked containers. The containers are transported specifically to the workstations on the feed lines. A packing table tailored to the packing task enables ergonomic packing. The open carton is pushed onto the conveyor system after packing. A carton closer seals the carton.


Process Description

  • Ready-picked containers are conveyed to the workstations. This is where the goods are taken out of the containers and packed into cartons.
  • Empty containers are collected on pallets.
  • After packaging, the cartons are conveyed to the carton closing machines where they are sealed.
  • The packages then travel on gravity tracks to pallets where the packages are stacked.
Integration of Weighing and Identification Systems

This solution is used to pack picked goods so that they are ready for dispatch. The conveyor system is designed as a loop so that a sufficient number of packages can be buffered. The packages can either be weighed and/or labelled at the workstation or in transit on the conveyor system. In the first case, the employees place the package on a table scale and also print the shipping label at the workstation. Since the container with the picked goods was scanned at the outset, all the necessary information can be retrieved from a higher-level system (ERP, WMS and LVS, etc.). In the second case, the carton must be marked with a barcode or 2D code. This is then merged with the information of the container code at the workstation. If the carton is then placed on the conveyor system after packing and weighed and labelled in transit, the system detects which carton is to be prepared for dispatch and can retrieve the data accordingly in the higher-level system. After labelling, the cartons are scanned and also optionally measured. Cartons that cannot be read are ejected before the conveyor system leads to any further process steps.


Process Description

  • Picked goods are brought to the workstations with picking trolleys.
  • The employees pack the picked goods into cartons and prepare them for dispatch.
  • The cartons, which are ready for dispatch, are then pushed onto the conveyor system and transported away. The packages are weighed and scanned.
  • Packages that cannot be read are ejected onto a no-read track.
Integration of Labellers and Automatic Carton Setup Machines

This solution is used to set up and label cartons for the packaging process. The line starts with a carton setup machine, to which conveyor systems are connected. After the carton setup machine, the cartons are labelled by a labeller and then conveyed via the conveyor system to the next processes. The new cartons can be registered to the IT system and assigned to orders via barcode scanners.


Process Description

  • A carton setup machine sets up cartons.
  • The set up cartons are labelled.
  • The cartons are optionally read by a barcode scanner.
  • The cartons are conveyed to the subsequent processes.

GEBHARDT Implements Fully Automated Shuttle Solution for 11teamsports

Together with GEBHARDT Fördertechnik from Sinsheim, the football outfitter and sporting goods retailer 11teamsports completely reorganised their logistics at the new headquarters in Satteldorf. With the installation of a high-performance shuttle warehouse and the implementation of the "goods-to-person" principle, the company is well equipped for the growing challenges of the omni-channel business.

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