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Scanpack 2015 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
Gothenburg, Sweden – At Scanpack 2015, Bosch Packaging Technology and Kafeko, the company’s long-standing partner in Scandinavia, will present the V55 external coffee protection valve. First debuted at Pack Expo International in 2014, the V55 valve is now officially launched in Europe. To meet the growing demand for high quality coffee 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, 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 European Coffee Federation, Europe has the highest per capita coffee consumption in the world with consumption of 2.5 million tons coffee per year, which equates to 4 kilograms of roasted coffee per EU inhabitant per year.1 “To capitalize on this consumer trend, European 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), 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 complement external valves, Bosch offers European 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 ensure quick support.

Bosch’s new V55 valve as well as the valve applicator CVA V55 will be on display at Kafeko’s booth at Scanpack in Gothenburg, October 20 to 23 in hall B7, booth 60.


Julian Kaetzlmeier,
phone: +49 152 086 916 90
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  • September 23, 2015
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Packaging Technology: Bosch plans acquisition of Kliklok-Woodman Corp. Global expansion of packaging machinery business

  • Kliklok-Woodman develops, manufactures, and sells secondary packaging machinery and vertical form, fill, and seal machines for the food industry
  • U.S.-based company will support Bosch’s growth strategy in North America, Europe and other regions
  • Planned acquisition is latest in a series of deliberate steps to expand process and packaging technology portfolio
Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA / Waiblingen, Germany – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, is planning to acquire Kliklok-Woodman Corporation, based in Decatur, Georgia, U.S.A. Agreements to this effect were signed on September 21, 2015. Kliklok- Woodman is a globally recognized manufacturer of packaging machinery for the food industry. The company employs some 240 associates and supplies customers worldwide from its U.S.-headquarters and a second manufacturing facility, Kliklok International Ltd. located in Bristol, United Kingdom. In 2014, it generated sales revenue of approximately 65 million USD (49 million euros). It has been agreed that the purchase price will not be disclosed. The acquisition is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities.

More than 60 years’ experience in the packaging industry
“This planned acquisition will further extend Bosch Packaging Technology’s position in the food and confectionery industry. Above all, it will enhance our system capabilities as single-source supplier,” says Friedbert Klefenz, president of the Bosch Packaging Technology division. Kliklok-Woodman has more than 60 years of experience in the packaging of goods such as pastries and confectionery, frozen food, and dairy products. The company focuses mainly on the development, manufacture, and marketing of secondary packaging machinery such as end-load cartoners and top-load erectors and closers, and of primary packaging machinery such as vertical form, fill, and seal machines.

“This is great news for our customers, especially those with growing global operations, those who value single source systems responsibility, and those who desire variety in their flexible packaging formats,” says Bill Crist, CEO of Kliklok-Woodman. “We are proud of this strategic change, which has the potential to provide our successful, international associate team with further opportunities and aligns with the core values and reputation we have built over 60 years.”

Expansion of global market presence in food sector
In particular, Kliklok-Woodman’s range of secondary packaging machinery will complement Bosch Packaging Technology’s portfolio for the food and confectionery industry. “Kliklok-Woodman will help boost Bosch’s presence in this market, and the acquisition is an important step on the road to fulfilling our PA 2020 growth strategy,” Klefenz adds. The expansion of market share, particularly in growth regions, the development of new business fields, and the enlargement of the portfolio to enter new segments of the food industry are central to this strategy.

In recent years, Bosch Packaging Technology has made a number of acquisitions to strengthen its worldwide market presence and extend its product portfolio. The planned acquisition of Kliklok-Woodman follows the purchase of Ampack (Germany) in 2012 and Osgood Industries (USA) in 2015. In the former case, Bosch extended its product portfolio to include cup- and bottle-filling machines for liquid food products, while in the latter it strengthened its market presence in the North American food packaging industry.

Contact in North America:
Alissa Cleland,
Phone: +1 248-876-1587

Contact in Germany:
Dirk Haushalter,
Phone: +49 711 811-58503

After having established a regional presence in 1906 in North America, the Bosch Groupemploys more than 28,700 associates in more than 100 locations as per April 2015. In 2014, Bosch generated consolidated sales of 11.3 billion US dollars (8.5 billion euros)* in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. For more information, visit

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,100 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 360,000 associates worldwide (as per April 1, 2015). The company generated sales of 49 billion euros in 2014.* 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 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including its sales and service partners, Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2014, Bosch applied for some 4,600 patents worldwide. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions 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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*The sales figure disclosed for 2014 does not include the former joint ventures BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH (now BSH Hausgeräte GmbH) and ZF Lenksysteme GmbH (now Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH), which have since been taken over completely.

  • September 22, 2015
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FachPack 2015 Bosch launches D3 robotic packaging solutions Entire portfolio to feature new modular design

  • Modular robotic machine portfolio for easy line automation
  • Focus on versatile solutions by combining standardization and customization
  • Simplified robot and frame design increases performance and lowers total cost of ownership
Nuremberg, Germany – At FachPack 2015 Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of robotic technology for primary and secondary packaging solutions, will present its fully redesigned Delta robotic packaging portfolio to give food producers more versatility and performance enhancements. Based on an open frame platform featuring the latest GD series Delta robot, the new portfolio offers modular and standardized robotic solutions with application-specific options. Bosch's enhanced D3 robotic platform handles higher payloads up to three kilograms and ensures faster speeds to increase pick rates. Designed for quick changeovers, simplified use and maintenance, it allows manufacturers to achieve a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) and a shorter return on investment (ROI) period.

“With the launch of the D3 robotic platform we offer a highly versatile portfolio of primary and secondary packaging solutions. The new modular and scalable design allows for multiple robot solutions by combining standard machine modules. Through increased modularity Bosch demonstrates its commitment to engineering customer-focused technologies that enhance productivity, reduce TCO and enables a faster time to market,” said Marc de Vries, sales director, Bosch Packaging Technology SA. “Combined with added flexibility, the platform helps our customers leverage robotic automation to generate competitive advantage.”

Broader application range enhances versatility
The D3 platform includes several features that improve packaging efficiency and enable manufacturers to meet the growing demand for diverse products, such as biscuits, cereal bars, chocolate, confectionery treats, baked goods and vertically packaged products. “Many customers look for robotic packaging equipment that can handle a great variety of products on the same machine,” said de Vries. “By increasing performance, payload capability and working volume height as well as offering optional fourth and fifth axes for improved product rotation, we have significantly extended the application range.”

With the industry-leading Gemini 4.0 Delta robot controller and software new product formats can be simulated offline without the need for physical products, reducing set-up and installation times. The simplified platform design also promotes faster changeovers and ease of use.

Easier cleaning leads to greater food safety
Another advantage of the D3 platform is the hygienic and open frame design with fewer parts and better visibility of moving elements which helps manufacturers comply with increasingly stringent food safety regulations. The control cabinets are positioned on top of the machines, enabling operator access from both the front and rear, which reduces cleaning and maintenance times.

Fully modular to increase manufacturing flexibility
Being a part of Bosch's Module++ single-source provider concept for simple and modular line automation, D3 robotic solutions can be easily integrated with both Bosch and third-party primary or secondary packaging machines. The D3 platform has been designed to increase flexibility for small- and medium-sized as well as multinational companies. The new portfolio offers flexible and scalable robotic solutions that allow customers to adjust quickly to current production needs and to reach future manufacturing goals.

Bosch's new Paloma D3 feed placer and top loader will be a part of the Module++ biscuit packaging line on display at FachPack 2015, Nuremberg, Germany from September 29 to October 1 in hall 3, booth 3A-337.

Marc de Vries,
phone: +41 21 633 5200

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  • September 17, 2015
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Motek 2015 Comprehensive automation solutions for the factory of the future Robert Bosch GmbH, hall 7, booth 7512

  • APAS family: automated, mobile production assistants
  • World debut: APAS safekin and APAS speedswitch for safe human-machine collaboration without safety guards
  • OPCON suite offers Industry 4.0 solutions to manage the entire production and logistics chain
Stuttgart, Germany – Flexible, connected, safe and collaborative: at Motek 2015, the international trade show for production and handling automation in Stuttgart, Robert Bosch GmbH presents its comprehensive automation solutions portfolio. At the centre of booth 7512 in hall 7: the mobile production assistants of the APAS family, which Bosch has developed especially for collaboration with humans. The APAS assistant with its patented sensor skin, for instance, has been certified by the Germany occupational health and safety agency to work directly alongside people without the need for safety guards. This safety concept is now expanded by the new option APAS speedswitch and the robot kinematics APAS safekin, which will both be presented to the public at Motek for the first time. Moreover, OPCON will make its debut in Stuttgart. The modular automation system makes it possible to control production and quality data, as well as logistics processes along the entire value chain.

Tried and tested solutions for the factory of the future
All solutions shown at Motek are already successfully in use within the Bosch group, as Volker Hartmann, Deputy Vice President Business Unit Assembly Systems and Special Machinery at Bosch, points out. “The APAS assistants have been tried and tested in many Bosch facilities throughout the world. Now they are also available for external customers.” Thanks to its standardized operating concept and its interconnectivity, the APAS family, which currently consists of three production assistants, can be flexibly integrated into manufacturing processes. “The factory of the future requires more and more machines and robots that can flexibly take over from stationary manufacturing systems along the entire production chain,” says Wolfgang Pomrehn, product manager of the APAS family. “At the same time, the possibility of direct interaction with humans and subsequently safety aspects play an important role.”

All three APAS production assistants are therefore designed to support technical staff with critical process steps, monotonous and messy jobs, and above all to collaborate directly with human beings. The APAS inspector, for instance, is equipped with a high-definition camera and an innovative 3D technology and inspects highly delicate surfaces or performs complete checks. The APAS flexpress, in turn, is a mobile production assistant for highly flexible and highly accurate assembly. The integrated safety technology ensures that staff and production assistants can work together smoothly.

APAS assistant: human-machine collaboration without safety guards
The safe interaction of humans and machines is at the heart of the APAS assistant. It is equipped with a six-arm industry robot arm, a sensitive three-finger gripper and a 3D camera system, and was developed especially for direct collaboration with human beings – without special safety guards. As opposed to other robot systems, the gripper arm of the APAS assistant is covered with a highly sensitive sensor skin. Even without direct contact, this skin allows the system to realize whenever a member of staff comes too close. It then immediately stops its work and waits until the employee has left the danger zone. “This application is unique in the market and enables man and machine to work hand in hand,” Pomrehn explains.

Market launch: APAS safekin, safe robot kinematic for separate application
To date, customers could only use the robotic arm with its sensor skin as a fixed component of the APAS assistant. Under the name of APAS safekin, it will now be presented as separate component at Motek for the first time. “We are reacting to the large number of requests we have received,” says Pomrehn. “As of 2016, the robot kinematic with its sensor skin protection can also be applied independently from the APAS base – in this case preferably firmly incorporated into a certain production section.”

World premiere for APAS speedswitch
APAS speedswitch will also complement the safety concept of the APAS assistant from the beginning of 2016 on. The new function, which is showcased at Motek for the first time, makes it possible to monitor the entire immediate vicinity of the sensor skin, and to adapt its working speed to the presence or absence of human beings. The extended far range is controlled via the speedswitch interface. “Currently, the APAS assistant always reduces its speed and adapts it to humans,” Pomrehn says. “In the future, it will flexibly adapt its speed to its surroundings thanks to APAS speedswitch: as long as no staff is near by, it works at maximum speed. As soon as someone enters the close range, the APAS assistant automatically switches to a safe speed. This results in higher productivity without cutbacks on occupational safety.”

Comprehensive Shopfloor Management with the OPCON suite
The OPCON suite with its IT Shopfloor Solutions also offers maximum safety, flexibility and transparency along the entire production chain. “The OPCON suite has been continuously refined for more than 15 years and is used for the control of hundreds of production machines within the Bosch group,” Hartmann explains. In Stuttgart, Bosch focuses on the OPCON Shopfloor Management module, which enables an efficient planning and control of production, quality and logistics processes. Thanks to its large range of software modules, OPCON Shopfloor Management makes it possible to connect different machines and to analyse production data in real-time.

The easy-to-operate graphic tools support staff in detecting critical conditions, localizing defects and initiating countermeasures. Thanks to a collaboration with Fraunhofer IGD institute in Rostock, visitors to Stuttgart will be able to see a 3D visualization of an entire production process, monitored and managed via a big touch screen.

The OPCON Dashboard, a central and interactive display system for production processes, provides higher transparency and control. Reports, machine and quality indicators, as well as KPIs such as OEE values can be compiled and analysed on the touchscreen. OPCON Management View enables managers and production directors to retrieve real-time information from production equipment all over the world. The OPCON Shiftbook further facilitates a complete digital shift planning, including records of machine downtimes and disruptions. Dashboard and Shiftbook are complemented by new applications for mobile devices, which support production personnel in performing fast monitoring and failure analysis. Thanks to the new OPCON smart Maintenance application, service and maintenance orders can be placed directly at the machine. A new Augmented Reality App enables staff to retrieve information such as current production data or user manuals on-site, while looking into the machine without even opening it.

Wolfgang Pomrehn
phone: +49 711 811-21150

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  • September 10, 2015
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