Packaging Technology

Bosch Packaging Technology product highlights Presentation by Dr. Stefan König,
Executive Vice President Engineering and
Manufacturing, Bosch Packaging Technology,
on the occasion of the press conference in Düsseldorf
May 8, 2014

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  • May 08, 2014
  • Packaging Technology
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would also like to wish you a warm welcome. As Mr. Klefenz already mentioned, I will spend the next few minutes providing a brief overview of our product highlights here at Interpack.

From a technical point of view, there are two main areas of focus: flexibility and product safety. Both are becoming increasingly important for our customers, and thus also for us.

Flexibility is playing an ever-more significant role. This is because our customers want to be able to switch between different products and packaging formats as simply and as quickly as possible. In doing so, they can respond to changing market situations in a flexible manner. This allows them to offer their customers the best possible service, in addition to sparking their enthusiasm.

At the same time, product safety is becoming more important. This is the result of ever-stricter legal requirements related to the filling and packaging of foods and pharmaceuticals. When it comes to safety and hygienic standards in production and packaging processes, consumers are unforgiving of mistakes. And they are right to be, as these two factors are crucial for product quality.

This is why flexibility and product safety form the two central technical pillars of the PA 2020 strategy. Today, we already offer a broad range of solutions that meet both of these requirements.

As a first example, allow me to say a few words about Module++. With this concept, we offer maximum flexibility at an attractive price. Customers select standard machinery that is then adjusted to meet their specific needs. From additional single units to automation and entire lines, Module++ covers a broad range of applications. Even foreign equipment can be integrated into a system. This concept offers our customers several benefits:

  • First, they get a full solution from a single source.
  • Second, they save costs, as the need for custom-made products is lower.
  • Third, they have access to regional support around the world.

In addition to this, customers with Module++ can respond to changing market demands quickly, simply by expanding or exchanging modules.

However, we cannot reach a high level of speed and flexibility with modularity alone. Seamlessly integrated packaging lines present another solution that perfectly aligns the various process steps with one another. We refer to these lines from a single source as Seamless Systems solutions. These solutions minimize changeover times and operating costs, and they also maximize productivity. At Interpack 2011, we unveiled one of our Seamless Systems machines for the first time: namely, the high-performance line for bar packaging. Today, we are presenting a new system that is based on this concept: the high-performance packaging system for biscuits.

"Two in one" are the magic words here. The machine is capable of two types of packaging styles. They have never before been combined in this way in a single machine. It is the first machine of its kind worldwide that can switch so quickly and flexibly between biscuits that are packaged upright and biscuits that are stacked in flow wrappers. The machine can switch from one packaging style to the other in less than three minutes. The number of biscuits being packaged can also be adapted in less than a minute, for instance from 14 to eight biscuits per bag. In other words, our new high-performance biscuit packaging system is the Swiss army knife of packaging machines.

Ladies and gentlemen, when looking through the shelves at your local supermarkets, you may have noticed that the era of "one size fits all" has come to an end. In today's cookie aisles, you will find some products that are standing upright and others that are lying horizontally. You will find family-size packages and individual "on-the-go" portion packs. There are also special packages with 20 percent more contents as well as large sizes for commercial customers. For manufacturers, the packaging changes required of all these products used to mean long changeover times and, often, production downtime. With our high-performance system, such cost drivers are now a thing of the past. Thanks to newly developed software, our customers can now seamlessly switch packaging styles: from vertical to horizontal or large to small, from packaging for special offers to large formats for commercial customers. All of these changes are now child's play: they can be carried out with little effort, less production downtime, and without tools. It is a truly impressive machine. I encourage you to have a look at the high-performance line and see its potential for yourselves: it is on display in Hall 6 at our stand, A31-C58.

Flexibility and safety are also central topics in our liquid food segment. The two certainly apply to our BLO – a linear blowing machine for PET containers.

The machine can handle bottles with volumes ranging from 60 milliliters to two liters. In addition, it offers a high level of flexibility when it comes to container shapes. Combined with aseptic filling equipment, the BLO can also be used for dairy-based drinks containing yoghurt or coffee. With this machine, we now also offer solutions from a single source for the entire packaging process in the liquid and viscous foods segment. This includes bottle blowing, thermoforming, and filling, as well as secondary and end-of-line packaging.

Since we are on the topic, I would like to highlight one machine made by a brand that Bosch recently acquired: the Ampack carousel filling machine. The machine can switch flexibly between different formats and sizes: from cups to bottles, and from 100 up to 1000 milliliters.

The machine fills and seals the containers with liquid products at either aseptic or ultra-clean levels of hygiene. Both of these are critical in the baby food market, for example.

But our innovations are not limited to the food segment. Our pharma engineers have also developed machines that set new benchmarks. In this segment in particular, we offer solutions from a single source for all phases: from the laboratory and clinical trial phases to series production. One such solution is our new FXS Combi.

It fills and seals nested syringes, vials, and cartridges, and this increases flexibility and product safety. The FXS Combi not only fills different containers using all of the common filling technologies. As the first filling and sealing machine with an integrated capping station for vials and cartridges, it does not compromise on safety, either.

Vials and cartridges are capped right after the stopper has been put in place. As a result, they can be safely sealed immediately after filling. By integrating the capping station in the FXS Combi, we save our customers space, as there is no need for a second machine.

Product safety and flexibility also characterize the second highlight from the pharma sector. I am talking about our AIM 8 series, a new generation of fully automatic inspection machines.

This product line is another visible result of the acquisition of Eisai Machinery in Japan. As the first member of the new family of systems, here at Interpack we are presenting a camera-based inspection machine for vials. The camera operates with a highly sensitive sensor. At a rate of up to 600 containers per minute, it can check for contaminants such as foreign particles, as well as for cosmetic defects. By using this high technology in combination with proven test technology, we can achieve even better test results than our competition. We intend to gradually expand this series with additional modules. The aim is to give our customers the greatest possible flexibility with regard to containers and types of inspection.

But our aim is not only to offer the best technical solutions. We also strive for first-class service. This is why we recently established the Bosch Packaging Academy.

Its main objective is to help our customers get the most of their machines and equipment. Specialists offer our customers training courses that are tailored to their needs: from technical training directly on the machine to classroom theory. And we offer courses at all levels, from basic to professional. In addition, we put each program together based on our customers’ specific wishes.

We currently have training locations in Germany and Switzerland. We will soon also be opening centers in China and Egypt to expand our international presence beyond Europe. At these locations around the world, we are showing our customers how they can best use Bosch Packaging Technology's machinery and equipment.

Ladies and gentlemen, as you can see, we are on a path of growth in all of our fields of business. With our innovations, we aim to create tangible benefits for our customers. We have already developed compelling solutions that ensure greater flexibility and product safety. These two topics will play a major role in the future. In my short presentation today, I have only been able to address a few selected highlights.

It goes without saying that our portfolio includes many other innovative machines, systems, and services for you. You will find more information about them in your press kits, and of course also at our stand, A31-C58 in Hall 6. We look forward to seeing you there. Now we look forward to your questions. Thank you.

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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