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Achema 2012 Bosch Packaging Technology to Demonstrate New Turnkey Packaging Solution for Powders Combined Stick Pack and Flow Wrap Machines

  • Seamless interface between primary and secondary packaging
  • Patented auger technology ensures optimal dosing
  • High speeds and flexibility in stick pack format
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  • May 02, 2012
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At Achema 2012 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Bosch Packaging Technology exhibits its new packaging system that integrates a stick pack machine and a flow wrapping machine (Hall 3.1, booth C70 and C72). A seamless interface between the primary and secondary packaging machines maintains output quality, helps to eliminate downtime and ensures the system provides optimal performance. The system is suitable for the handling of a wide range of granulates, powders and pellets, particularly for the pharmaceutical industry and is designed to provide highly accurate dosing via sophisticated filling augers.

The new system’s primary packaging consists of the 10-lane vertical Sigpack RA Stick Pack machine, which provides precise dosing through its patented servo-controlled filling augers. An in-line weighing system ensures that each processed stick pack contains the precise amount of product and provides feedback to controls that regulate and adjust dosing levels. These technologies help manufacturers to save costs through enhancing accuracy, which is essential for companies working with costly products such as pharmaceutical powders. In comparison with other pack styles, such as sachets, the stick pack allows manufacturers to use 30 percent less packaging material when filling. Additionally it enhances convenience for the end user.

In the new system, the filled and sealed stick packs are counted and grouped before being moved through a seamless interface to the secondary packaging unit, the Sigpack HCM horizontal flow wrapper. This machine is capable of wrapping up to 1,000 stick packs per minute, and provides manufacturers with extensive flexibility, as the secondary packaging can be easily modified to contain varying numbers of packs.

Bosch has designed this new turnkey packaging system for reliability and robustness, with easy access to working parts for maintenance and cleaning. The system is also compliant with GMP-standards (Good Manufacturing Practice), featuring a cantilever design that completely separates process and drive units. Additionally its ergonomic operating height allows for a direct view into the packaging process while its casing provides safety and noise protection for operator safety benefits. Depending on application requirements, rejected product can be collected in lockable containers.

Frank Bühler, Product Manager for Bosch Packaging Technology, said, “We’re seeing growing demand for Stick Packs due to the convenience, minimal material requirements and easy and safe opening of this pack style. The combination of the Sigpack RA and HCM machines in this packaging system allows manufacturers to bring this pack style to market efficiently and safely. It ensures precise dosing at high cycle speeds and we are pleased to have the opportunity to present it to pharmaceutical manufacturers at Achema in June.”

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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