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Anuga FoodTec 2012 Bosch Expands Portfolio of Thermoforming Equipment Launch of Thermoforming Clean-fill Machine

  • Minimal machine height, easy accessibility and hygienic design
  • Multiple cup heights without tool changeover
  • Adjustment of labeling sizes by changing the label reel
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  • March 28, 2012
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At the 2012 Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany, Bosch Packaging Technology presents a thermoforming clean-fill (TFC) machine. Based on 40 years of experience, Bosch developed a machine featuring operational height, easy accessibility and hygienic design. The TFC clean-fills fresh products and foods requiring a cooling chain such as yogurts and desserts. The production of multiple cup and label heights without tool changes allows manufacturers to adapt the machine to different production and market needs. The cylindrical thermoforming mold can be automatically adjusted by the user and is then synchronized with the labeling system. A new technique enables the labeling system to changeover even during production.

The wrap-around labeling system features a central cutting blade, allowing the operator to adjust sizes by changing the label reel. As a result, downtime is minimized and rapid adaption to different production needs is possible. The system also consistently positions the labels so the front is always facing the outside of a multipack, making the package more attractive to consumers at the point-of-purchase.

With a closed stainless steel frame, the thermoforming clean-fill machine TFC ensures a hygienic production environment and low maintenance. Having all drives located on top, the TFC eliminates the possibility of product accumulating under the film web level. Compared to older machines that have an operational height of 1.4 meters, the new TFC has an operational height of one meter. It also features a step-shaped frame, allowing operators of any height to reach all areas for cleaning and maintenance.

The TFC utilizes servo-driven contact plates to preheat plastic material, enabling better energy transfer and reduced energy costs compared to pneumatic drives in similar machines.

“The new TFC machine was designed to meet the manufacturer’s need of producing multiple product volumes on a single machine without halting production to adjust for different cup heights and maintenance,” said Henning Jordan, Senior Sales Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology, and added: “The result is a machine that fulfills the market's demand for higher flexibility, reduced downtime, easier operation and maintenance and material savings.”

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,200 associates, the Bosch Packaging Technology division is one of the leading suppliers of process and packaging technology. At over 30 locations in more than 15 countries worldwide, a highly-qualified workforce develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceuticals, food, and confectionery industries. These solutions are complemented by a comprehensive after-sales service portfolio. A global service and sales network provides customers with local points of contact.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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