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Interpack 2014 Bosch introduces Manesty TPR 500 tablet press Increased output and hygienic design

  • New die table and patented integrated die plate for increased output of more than 400 000 tablets per hour
  • Extendable powder feeder for flexible production and high yields
  • Reduced maintenance efforts lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
Duesseldorf, Germany – At Interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, presents the new Manesty TPR 500 tablet press. The machine is equipped with several technical novelties such as a die table, torque drive and tablet discharge chute, as well as an intuitive human machine interface (HMI). “With its novel design and high productivity, the Manesty TPR 500 underlines Bosch's competence in tablet pressing and offers customers the highest machine quality combined with excellent usability,” said Christian Treitel, business development director, product division pharma at Bosch Packaging Technology. “Reduced maintenance efforts and overall ease of use lower the Total Cost of Ownership and make the TPR 500 particularly suitable for customers with flexible requirements.”

High output and gentle tablet handling
The TPR 500 is equipped with a new 56-station die table and can produce more than 400,000 tablets per hour, considerably reducing process and production time. The modular powder feeding system allows for more flexibility with a two-paddle design that can easily be upgraded to three paddles, depending on product properties and powder characteristics. “Thanks to the scaled setting, all filling parameters can be easily reproduced, and the tablet press consistently achieves high-quality yields,” Treitel explained. To ensure the smooth delivery of tablets, the new “True Flow” tablet discharge chute features an easy-to-clean pneumatic gate mechanism and an optimized take-off angle, significantly reducing product damage and increasing output, especially with shaped or friable tablets.

Less maintenance and smooth operations
Connected directly to the turret, the new Siemens torque drive even achieves high torque at low revolutions per minute (rpm) while saving space in the mechanical area. It generates little heat and has no wear and tear parts, allowing customers to considerably reduce maintenance. The machine's good overall accessibility promotes easy tool changes and cleaning. Turret removal is possible in only ten minutes, while complete product changeover can be achieved in less than one hour.

Thanks to the hygienic design of the Manesty TPR 500, production is completely separated from the mechanical area, preventing powder contamination in the mechanical zone. State-of-the-art off-the-shelf Beckhoff controls paired with an intuitive 21-inch HMI ensure efficient operations as well as easy machine set-up. Due to the improved usability of the interface, customers can significantly reduce operator training time. “The reduced maintenance and cleaning efforts, as well as fast and easy changeovers give our customers more time for their actual production,” Christian Treitel underlined.

Complete solutions for powder and tablet processing
Under the motto “from laboratory to production”, Bosch also showcases highlights from the process technology portfolio of the product brands Hüttlin and Manesty. These include flexible solutions for every step in the processing of powders and tablets. The laboratory device Solidlab 2, for instance, is designed for research and development purposes as well as for easy scale-up. The modular laboratory equipment can run up to eight processes on a small space: from mixing, drying, granulating and coating of powders, fine particles and pellets in the fluid bed module to tablet coating in the coater module. By utilizing a mutual air handling and control system, Solidlab 2 reduces costs, the amount of required floor space and operator training.

In addition to further laboratory equipment, Bosch showcases a production size granulation line with a Hüttlin HTG 300 high-shear mixer granulator and a Hüttlin HDGC 100 fluid bed system. Process experts are at the booth to present their services, including trials in the fully-equipped Hüttlin laboratories to support customers in formulation development, process development and scale-up.

Bosch's technologies are on display at Interpack 2014, Duesseldorf, Germany from May 8 to 14 in hall 6, booth A31 – C58.

Christian Treitel,
phone: +49 7951 402-875
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  • April 24, 2014
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Relocation in Japan New site for Bosch Packaging Technology Global center of competence for pharmaceuticals inspection technology

  • Musashi location near Tokyo covers an area of 3240 m2
  • More space for development and assembly
  • Capital expenditure of 1.6 million euros
Waiblingen/Tokyo – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading provider of complete solutions for process and packaging technology, has moved into a new location at Musashi, some 70 km north of Tokyo. Since the move there in late March, over 100 associates have been developing and manufacturing inspection technology for the pharmaceuticals industry on premises covering 3,240 m2. A total of some 1.6 million euros was invested in the new site. Following relocation from Honjo to the much larger Musashi site, Bosch Packaging Technology now has considerably more space at its disposal for the development and assembly of its machines. This investment in the Musashi site underscores the company's commitment to Japan as a major market for pharmaceuticals inspection technology. “Expansion of the Bosch global center of competence in Japan is important for our innovative strength,” said Peter Tyroller, the member of the Bosch board of management with responsibility for the Asia-Pacific region. “We want to offer our customers outstanding products that are both beneficial and fascinating.”

Inspection technology by Bosch Packaging Technology
In the pharmaceuticals industry, demand for product safety and quality – and thus also for inspection solutions – is constantly rising. “We want to build on the experience we have amassed in Japan over many decades and offer our customers technology that is 'Invented for life' around the world,” said Joachim Baczewski, head of the Inspection Technology Pharma unit and general manager of Bosch Packaging Technology in Japan.

The Inspection Technology unit was established in 2012 following the acquisition of Eisai Machinery, a Japanese company. It comprises manual, semi-automated, and fully automated inspection machines designed to identify particles in pharmaceutical products. It also includes the cosmetic inspection of containers or tablets in order to detect defects such as scratches or discoloration.

Four packaging technology sites in Japan
Musashi is one of four Bosch Packaging Technology sites in Japan. Processing and packaging machines and robotics for the food and pharmaceuticals industries are developed and assembled at the Funabashi site, located east of Tokyo, while the company also has a sales office in Tokyo and one in Osaka.

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 5,600 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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Bosch Japan is currently represented in the country by Bosch Corporation, Bosch Rexroth Corporation, Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. and other affiliates. Bosch Corporation is responsible for the development, manufacturing, sales and services of automotive original equipment, automotive aftermarket products and power tools. Bosch Rexroth Corporation develops and produces hydraulics, FA module components and other systems which contribute to industrial technologies. Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. manufactures packaging machinery. In 2012, Bosch Japan achieved net sales of some ¥313 billion and employed approximately 7,500 associates.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.4 billion euros in 2013 (Note: due to a change in the legal rules governing consolidation, the 2013 figures can only be compared to a limited extent with the 2012 figures). Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Automotive Technology, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 360 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 50 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2013, Bosch applied for some 5,000 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group's products and services are designed to fascinate, and to improve the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial. In this way, the company offers technology worldwide that is "Invented for life."

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  • April 04, 2014
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Interpack 2014 Bosch to showcase complete systems competence Meeting manufacturers’ need for a single-source solution provider

  • Seamless Systems for maximized productivity
  • Module++ lines for high adaptability, versatility and easy automation
  • Local support combined with a global knowledge network
Duesseldorf, Germany – From processing to secondary and end-of-line packaging, Bosch Packaging Technology, one of the leading suppliers of complete solutions in processing and packaging technology, will present its systems competence at Interpack 2014. This will include two innovative Seamless Systems, with the global launch of a biscuit packaging line. Bosch will also display two complete Module++ lines, which link the company’s proven standard modules for customized processing and packaging solutions. Throughout the show, Bosch will conduct live presentations of all systems and highlight its global consultation services to support manufacturers in choosing the ideal solution for their individual requirements.

“With our complete systems competence, we meet manufacturers’ need for a single-source solution provider,” said Martin Tanner, director business development and marketing, product division confectionery and food, Bosch Packaging Technology. “We offer our customers the whole world of automation, from entry-level to high-end solutions. For high production capacities, our Seamless Systems feature high-end, innovative and breakthrough technology that will take producers to the peak of productivity. For manufacturers taking their first step with automation or bringing automation to the next level, with Module++ upgrading their lines has never been easier”.

Seamless Systems for maximized Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE)
The Seamless Systems for biscuit and bar packaging from Bosch enable manufacturers have been developed with high productivity in mind. The speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize product flow, which facilitates a high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). In addition, the Seamless Systems are designed with the operator in mind, with the same look and feel across the entire line. This design concept makes operation of the system as simple as using a single machine and reduces the risk of operator error.

At Interpack 2014, Bosch will launch its new biscuit packaging line. Designed for pack style flexibility with fast changeovers, the innovative system is the first of its kind worldwide and allows manufacturers to change from slug to pile and vice-versa within just a few minutes. In addition, count changes (for example, from 14 to 8 biscuits per slug or from two-by-two to two-by-four piles) in less than one minute allow brand owners to quickly run special promotions. The biscuit packaging system is capable of handling various types and shapes of biscuits. It features breakthrough product handling technology, horizontal flow wrapping, secondary packaging and end-of-line equipment to let customers meet future market needs today.

In addition, Bosch will present its bar line, the Seamless System designed specifically for high-speed bar-type product packaging, from primary to secondary to end-of-line technologies. First launched at Interpack 2011, the bar line has been upgraded to now handle speeds up to 1,500 products per minute. The bar line on display will include a belt product distribution station and a high-speed horizontal flow wrapper with automated high-performance splicer. To complement the primary packaging process, the line also includes an integrated toploader combined with a new user-friendly case packer with improved ergonomics for safer and simpler operation.

Module++ brings versatile end-to-end solutions
For all manufacturers, Module++ provides unlimited possibilities of linking Bosch’s proven standard modules to create adaptable and scalable end-to-end solutions. “For both the food and non-food industries, manufacturers who want to be successful in today’s dynamic market must be fast, flexible and forward thinking,” remarked Tanner. “Bosch’s Module++ lines empower manufacturers by giving them the ability to adapt to change and shape their evolving businesses. It offers the ultimate in format and pack style versatility.”

To create each line, Bosch draws from its local support combined with a global knowledge network. This ensures that manufacturers will be equipped with their customized solutions realizing quick time-to-market. All machines are also available as stand-alone modules designed for simple integration with existing Bosch technology.

Module++ for processing technology to end-of-line packaging
At Interpack, Bosch will showcase its Module++ capabilities including modules for bar production, gentle product handling, distribution and feeding, as well as horizontal flow wrappers, vertical baggers, cartoners and case packers:

As part of the processing technology, Bosch is launching its new roller former that can be adjusted during production without machine stops. This new feature creates less product waste, maximizes uptime, and provides faster return on investment (ROI). Depending on specific product characteristics, Bosch will also exhibit two different types of product distribution solutions. Thanks to the touchless transportation concept, the new belt distribution system is capable of handling even the most challenging products, whether sticky, soft, top-heavy or fragile. For applications requiring additional functionalities like grouping, stacking and buffering, the new robot distribution system with an integrated quality and vision system is ideal. It can also be used for aligning irregular and random product flows into precise and consistent order. In addition, the simulation tool enables manufacturers to test the parameters offline to accelerate production start-up.

For primary packaging, Bosch showcases two alternative wrapping concepts. The horizontal flow wrapper with rotary cross-sealing unit features turning, alignment and indexing capability. It is equipped with a new narrow cutting head for higher speed heat sealing. Bosch’s most versatile wrapper serves multiple applications, offers an extended format range and is designed for full layout flexibility. The new inverted version on display offers hermetic sealing technology to protect freshness and extend product shelf-life. Also part of the Module++ line is a high-end vertical bagger capable of producing a variety of different pack styles with reclosabilty and opening features. It can easily be adapted for heat and ultrasonic sealing. Pack styles include pillow packs, block bottom, four-corner seal, doy and doy zip.

For cartoning and end-of-line packaging Bosch will exhibit two different approaches. To pack light-weight products, the new delta robotic technology ensures smooth transfer of the packages for flexible pack patterns. For packages with higher payloads, the new case packer offers high flexibility with a wide range of bag and case sizes and styles. It is designed for quick changeovers to accommodate vertical (stand up) or horizontal (lay flat) bag orientation. Both secondary packaging machines make use of Bosch’s long-standing experience in gripper technology, facilitating fast time-to-market.

Live presentations of Module++ will occur daily at 12:00, 15:00 and 17:00, while presentation of the Seamless Systems will take place daily at 11:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

The technologies will be on display at Interpack 2014, Duesseldorf, Germany from May 8 to 14 in hall 6, booth A31 – C58.

Martin Tanner, phone: +41 58 674-6390
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  • April 02, 2014
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Interpack 2014 Bosch presents training concept of new Bosch Packaging Academy Cross-technology expertise under one umbrella

  • Global network of competence centers and country academies
  • Central knowledge pool for Bosch equipment
  • Step-by-step integration of all training units
Beringen, Switzerland/Duesseldorf, Germany – At Interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, presents its new concept for technical trainings. The division has begun to establish a worldwide training platform under the umbrella brand Bosch Packaging Academy, offering customers and employees a standardized knowledge pool for the entire machine portfolio from Bosch Packaging Technology. “The centrally bundled program makes it easy for customers to choose their suitable training product, especially for topics covering different technologies,” explained Severin Diepold, project manager, Bosch Packaging Services.

First centers of competence in Crailsheim and Beringen
The Bosch Packaging Academy will comprise individual centers of competence and local country academies. The sites in Crailsheim, Germany and Beringen, Switzerland are the first centers of competence to offer specific technical trainings for the product divisions Pharma and Confectionery and Food under the Academy umbrella. Bosch will integrate further sites into the comprehensive training concept step by step, in order to make standardized trainings for the entire product portfolio available worldwide and from a single source. In the coming years, Bosch will further add local country academies for basic trainings to the Academy, amongst others in China and Egypt.

Modular training program
Customers have the opportunity to choose from three different training modules: basic trainings for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of Bosch machinery, advanced trainings for increased productivity, as well as specific programs for specialist topics such as Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), servo technology or IT. With a combination of different training methods such as theoretical lessons, multimedia training and hands-on experience, Bosch offers customers maximum flexibility.

On-site training
In addition to training sessions at individual Academy sites, Bosch also offers trainings at customers’ premises. Depending on the module, different trainers manage the courses: while country trainers are available as experts for basic machine knowledge in the respective local language, specialist trainers from the individual centers of competence teach in-depth content. “When new machinery is installed, Bosch informs customers about relevant security aspects during general machine startup. Our machinery training aims at imparting technical and machine-specific knowledge for individual customer situations,” Severin Diepold emphasized. “This way we make sure that our customers receive uniform trainings for their entire lines and obtain optimum results.”

At Interpack 2014, visitors can learn how to increase the efficiency of maintenance and machine operation through trainings. In addition, Bosch presents its tailor-made services portfolio focusing on solutions for a higher flexibility, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and productivity.

Bosch’s technologies are on display at Interpack 2014, Duesseldorf, Germany, from May 8 to 14, hall 6, booth A31-C58.

Severin Diepold, phone: + 41 58 674-6593
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  • March 28, 2014
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