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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch spotlights complete packaging systems competence Single-source solutions provider for entry-level through high-end technologies

  • Seamless Systems’ design, speed and ease-of-use yield high productivity
  • Global introduction of enhanced blow-fill-seal packaging line
  • Module++ lines for versatility and easy automation
Chicago – At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will showcase its complete systems competence, from processing to primary and secondary packaging to end-of-line technologies. Two high-speed Seamless Systems designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) will be featured, including the global launch of the enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line. Also displayed will be the company’s Module++ capabilities, which link Bosch’s proven standard modules for customized processing and packaging solutions. To create each line, Bosch draws from its local support combined with a global knowledge network.

“Whether searching for high-end systems from processing to case packing, or taking the first steps with packaging automation, food and nonfood manufacturers are seeking a single-source solutions provider,” said Paul Garms, marketing manager, Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc., New Richmond. “Bosch’s wide portfolio of systems technologies ensures that manufacturers are equipped with the right solution to stay competitive in a constantly evolving market.”

Seamless Systems to take manufacturers to the peak of productivity
Developed with high productivity in mind, the Seamless Systems from Bosch feature a streamlined design for OEE. The speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize product flow. In addition, the Seamless Systems are designed for ease of use, with the same look and feel across the entire line. This makes operation as simple as using a single machine, reducing the risk of operator error and increasing uptime.

At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch will launch its enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line, featuring new high-speed vial separation capabilities. To give pharmaceutical manufacturers the flexibility to adapt to changing market demands, the BFS packaging line can package vial cards with multiple units or single vials. The BFS line is also capable of handling varying vial thicknesses, helping prevent jams and maximizing uptime. The system features a Sigpack HCUL flow wrapper with hybrid sealing technology: heat sealing on the cross and ultrasonic sealing on the length seam. The long-dwell heat sealing technology allows for extended sealing time, ensuring that thicker films are hermetically sealed for high product protection. Due to the low heat emission, ultrasonic sealing technology is ideal for products such as vials, which are heat sensitive and could be damaged during the process.

Bosch will also present its Seamless System for cracker packaging, designed for the gentle handling of delicate products at fast speeds. The cracker packaging line features tandem slug portioning technology, which generates slug and half-slug pack size configurations with the same process speed. After portioning, the crackers are sent to a flow wrapper that can easily handle both formats and ensures hermetic sealing. With speeds ranging from 120 slugs to 250 half slugs per minute, the cracker packaging line is designed for optimum flexibility, OEE and robustness.

The system will include the Sigpack TTMC case packer, which is making its debut in North America and can handle both regular slotted and half slotted cases (RSC and HSC, respectively). The Bosch booth will also display all of the company’s core competencies via an interactive platform. This includes the handling and packaging of biscuits, an overview of different sealing technologies for horizontal flow wrappers, as well as an introduction to sachet and stick pack packaging capabilities.

Versatile end-to-end solutions with Module++
For ultimate versatility and adaptability, Bosch will highlight its Module++ lines, which integrate the company’s proven modular machines for adaptable and scalable end-to-end line solutions. From processing through case packaging, Module++ allows for easy upgrades for manufacturers either taking their first steps with automation or bringing automation to the next level.

Through local support combined with global consultation services, Bosch tailors each line to meet individual manufacturer needs. This ensures that manufacturers will be quickly equipped with the ideal solutions to realize fast time-to-market. All machines are also available as stand-alone modules designed for simple integration with existing Bosch technology.

At the show, there will be three distinct lines including modules for processing, gentle product handling, distribution and feeding, as well as horizontal flow wrappers, vertical baggers, robotics, cartoners and case packers. For processing technology, Bosch is launching its new roller former designed to minimize trim when processing masses for cereal, candy, protein and fruit bars. The Bosch roller former is the only machine of its kind currently available on the market capable of width adjustments without machine stops, maximizing uptime and output.

In addition, Bosch will exhibit a bar wrapping line featuring its product distribution system that utilizes a touchless transportation concept to gently handle even the most challenging products, whether sticky, soft, top-heavy or fragile. Machines from its Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry-level models to fully automated technologies, will wrap the bars and a Presto top loading delta robot will load the wrapped bars into cartons. The delta robotic technology ensures high-speed carton packing with the ability to accommodate flexible pack patterns.

A second line will display a vertical bagger featuring Bosch’s patented four-corner seal module. The vertical bagger is designed to produce a variety of different pack styles, including pillow, block bottom, four-corner seal, doy and doy zip, with reclosabilty and opening features at high speeds. To complete the line, Bosch will exhibit its CCM 3100 case packer for flexible case packing. The CCM 3100 features quick changeovers between vertical (stand up) and horizontal (lay flat) bag presentation. The case packer is designed to meet manufacturers’ demands for shorter production runs with a wide format range in both bag and case sizes and styles, including RSC, HSC and other shelf-ready packaging styles.

The final Module++ line will package a medical test cartridge and showcase a robot distribution system with an integrated vision system. It is ideal for feeding irregular and random product flows into precise and consistent order. In addition, the new robotic technology features an open-frame design for expedited cleaning and simplified operations, which increases efficiency. The robot will feed a horizontal flow wrapper featuring long-dwell sealing technology that is capable of sealing times up to one second. This produces a hermetic seal to protect the product and extend shelf life.

Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn more about Bosch’s latest system solutions in the South Hall, booth S-3514 at PACK EXPO International in Chicago, Illinois, United States, November 2 to 5. Additional pharmaceutical solutions from Bosch can be seen at Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO, in the West Hall, booth W-603.

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phone: +1 715 243-2503
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TechnoPharm 2014 Bosch introduces CIP system specifically for use with human vaccines Closed system for high operator protection

  • Compact skid design facilitates handling
  • CIP tank with a volume of 800 liters
  • High cleaning quality and process efficiency
Nuremberg, Germany – At TechnoPharm 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, presents the special version of a CIP (Cleaning in Place) system. “The exhibited system serves for cleaning and wastewater inactivation of various process systems used in the production of human vaccines,” explained project manager Volker Kempf. “It meets the highest safety requirements. In addition, it is easy to transport, quick to set up, and easy to handle.” The CIP system is manufactured by Pharmatec, a subsidiary of Bosch Packaging Technology.

The development of human vaccines comprises three successive process steps: preparation, purification, and formulation. During the first phase, eggs are inoculated with virus-containing material for selective replication of viruses in the laboratory. To separate the viruses, the egg-based preparation is purified in several steps by means of filtration and addition of buffer solutions. The CIP system from Bosch is used for cleaning the pharmaceutical purification equipment, which ranges from the harvesting system to a variety of filtration and separation systems to the process tank with finished active substance concentrate, and at the same time thermally inactivates the wastewater.

Operator safety is the highest priority
Handling of live viruses poses a threat to the staff and requires high equipment security measures. Consequently, the CIP system and all system modules are designed according to biosafety level 3 (BSL 3). To keep viruses from escaping to the outside, Bosch has designed a completely closed system with fixed piping and a hermetic CIP pressure vessel. The pumps for supply and return of rinsing media are equipped with double mechanical seals and sealing liquid (pure steam condensate) in the space between the seals, ensuring that no contaminated cleaning media escapes into the environment.

Easy operation with the touch panel
The system in compact skid design provides essential advantages to the user: Due to its modular construction, it can be transported easily, as well as set up and connected to the media supply of the building quickly. If production is moved to another location, the system can be reinstalled at the new site without difficulty. The touch control panel with a user-friendly menu enables simple parameterization of the cleaning program. All components and parts coming in contact with the media are made of stainless steel and fitted with a high-quality surface. Hence the system can clean itself without residue between applications, and can be sanitized with water for injection (WFI) at a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius.

As a satellite system, the CIP system is designed for cleaning of various process systems on a rotating basis, as well as for cleaning of tubing or loops. With a volume of 800 liters, the CIP tank has the necessary size to clean process tanks with a useable volume of approximately 2000 liters. Sodium hydroxide, which is prepared in a separate tank, is used as the cleaning medium.

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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch launches slab former with flexible working width Increased productivity for bar production

  • Precise working width adjustment allows for less or no trim to reduce product waste
  • Tool-free width adjustments without production stoppages for maximum uptime
  • Debut of Confectionery Service App enhances customer support
Chicago - At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, is launching its WRF 600 Flex roller former for the North American market. Designed to minimize or eliminate the trim when processing masses for cereal, candy, protein and fruit bars, Bosch's WRF 600 Flex enables width changes without production stoppages, maximizing uptime and output. No other machine of its kind currently available on the market offers this capability.

In addition, Bosch is introducing its new Confectionery Service App for smartphones, tablets and PCs to complement the company's service portfolio.

Less waste, more bar
The new WRF 600 Flex roller former features a smooth slab former with a flexible working width allowing easy, step-less and tool-free adjustments for precise cutting of bar products in different sizes. As a result, less product mass is wasted, helping decrease production costs and contribute to faster return on investment (ROI). To accommodate slabs of different widths, operators simply make a manual adjustment to the machine during production - completely eliminating downtime. Removing the need for machine stoppages also reduces waste, maximizing product usage and enhancing productivity. The WRF 600 Flex gently forms the mass slab without applying any pressure, preventing product breakage. As a standard feature, the slab thickness can be continuously adjusted between 0.196 and 1.181 inches (5 and 30 millimeters).

With its hygienic design, the WRF 600 Flex allows manufacturers to meet the most stringent hygiene requirements and offers access from all sides, resulting in easy and tool-less cleaning.

"Today's manufacturers need technologies that can efficiently handle delicate products and decrease waste more than ever," said Frank Jansen, product manager, Bosch Packaging Technology. "The WRF 600 Flex is well positioned to meet these demands thanks to its flexibility and operator-friendly features."

Designed for simple integration with existing Bosch technology, manufacturers are able to partner with a single-source solution provider for their entire bar production line. Standardized interfaces allow for balanced speed of all line components to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize production flow, facilitating high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Smart Service
Bosch will also debut its innovative Confectionery Service App for smartphones, tablets and PCs at PACK EXPO International 2014 as part of an enhanced service package, complementing its confectionery and food technology. The app can be combined with the existing Bosch "E-portal", which contains customized as well as machine-specific spare parts data, allowing transparent flow of information and simplifying the ordering process. The app supports easy and immediate contact with Bosch's technical support team and ensures access to repair instructions.

The WRF 600 Flex will be on display in the South Hall, booth S-3514 at PACK EXPO International in Chicago, Illinois, United States, November 2 to 5.

Contact:
Frank Jansen
phone: +49 2162 248-452

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.

Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros ($61.2 billion). (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, 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 roughly 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, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros ($6.0 billion) in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. 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.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermo technology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions.

For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx.

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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch to launch V55 coffee protection valve Compact solution offers material savings and logistical benefits

  • Reliable opening and closing pressure ensures high product quality
  • Compact valve design reduces waste and promotes sustainability
  • High-speed application allows for up to 150 valves per minute
Chicago – To meet growing demand for high quality coffee in North America, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will launch the V55 external coffee protection valve at PACK EXPO International 2014. The solution is applied on coffee packaging to prevent product deterioration. Smaller in size than the previous generation, the new valve enhances product protection while offering material, logistics, and storage space savings as well as a changeover time reduction. Coupled with proven applicator technology from Bosch that equips soft bags or cans with reliable external valves, US coffee manufacturers can now apply up to 150 valves per minute.

Fresh coffee for longer
One thousand grams of roasted coffee beans emit around six liters CO2 within five weeks. Product protection valves allow the roasting gas to escape without allowing oxygen and external odors to enter the bag or can, which could affect the aroma of the premium product inside. It also prevents the bag from bloating, ensuring an inviting shelf presentation and safeguarding brand loyalty. With more than 50 years of experience developing technologies that enhance product protection, Bosch offers both internal and external valves as well as valve application technology.

According to the National Coffee Association, daily coffee consumption in the U.S. remains strong but steady at 61 percent. The same study indicates that there is a distinct shift toward gourmet coffee consumption, with a 3 percent increase forecast for 20141. “To capitalize on this consumer trend, manufacturers are seeking packaging solutions that deliver high operational efficiency without compromising quality,” said Julian Kaetzlmeier, sales and business development manager valves, Bosch Packaging Technology. “By providing both applicator and valve technology, we offer our customers an integrated solution to meet production targets while also satisfying consumer expectations.”

Compact design enables savings
Thanks to its small size (only 12.5 x 12.5 x 0,35 millimeters, 0.49 x 0.49 x 0.014 inches), with the new V55 the number of valves per reel is now doubled to 12,000 in comparison with previous generations. This reduces storage space requirements and transportation costs for coffee manufacturers. In addition, reels do not need to be changed as often as before, enabling operators to use their time more effectively. The compact design of the V55 valves requires 62 percent less paper film, contributing to material savings. This reduction also significantly decreases paper waste and supports sustainability efforts.

Integrated solution for enhanced efficiency
To compliment external valves, Bosch offers North and South American coffee producers a valve applicator that works in line with Bosch's vertical baggers and package makers. At the same time, the stand-alone execution of the applicator can be retrofitted into third party packaging machinery. Designed to offer rigorous product protection, the valve applicator CVA V55 is equipped with a number of sensors to detect that bag perforation is correct, the amount of fluid in the valve is accurate and the valve is precisely placed even at high speeds. By partnering with a single-source supplier like Bosch, coffee producers benefit from integrated solutions operated via a combined Human Machine Interface (HMI), which enhances operational efficiency and offers consistently high product quality. Focusing on our customers' needs, several service hubs in North and South America ensure quick support.

To learn more about how Bosch's V55 valve can help protect coffee quality, visit Bosch at PACK EXPO International, November 2 to 5 in South Hall, booth S-3514.

Contact:
Julian Kätzlmeier,
phone: +49 152 086 916 90

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.

Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In 2013, its roughly 281,000 associates generated sales of 46.1 billion euros. (NB: Due to a change in accounting policies, 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 roughly 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, the Bosch Group invested some 4.5 billion euros in research and development and applied for some 5,000 patents. This is an average of 20 patents per day. 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.”

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com, http://twitter.com/BoschPresse.

In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermo technology, household appliances, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions.

For more information, please visit www.boschusa.com, www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

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