Innovative full-servo product transfer for gentle handling
Easy access, cleaning and maintenance
Suitable for a wide range of product shapes and slug lengths
Munich, Germany – At IBA 2015, Bosch Packaging Technology will launch its Pack 301 LS (Length Slug) system for the efficient and flexible packaging of biscuits and crackers on edge. The packaging machine has been developed as an addition to the Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry-level models to fully automated technologies. It is designed to help manufacturers meet the increasing market demand for biscuit wrapping together with premium product quality. The mid-range automation solution is comprised of a Smart Measuring Loader, a Smart Slug Feeder and a Pack 301 LS horizontal flow wrapper. With innovative features for gentle product handling, as well as fast and simple changeovers, all components have been developed with a holistic approach and for high reliability and robustness.
“With the continued growth and product diversification in the global biscuit market, as well as the increasing demand for smaller portion packs and large family packs of flow wrapped biscuits on edge, high flexibility in terms of product count per pack is becoming essential,” says Andreas Schildknecht, global product manager horizontal packaging at Bosch Packaging Technology. “We have developed the Pack 301 LS to further enhance Bosch's biscuit packaging portfolio and to give manufacturers a competitive edge in the marketplace. Bosch provides unlimited possibilities of linking its proven standard modules to create adaptable and scalable end-to-end solutions.”
Innovative features for reliable product handling The Pack 301 LS system including the Smart Measuring Loader for slug portioning has been designed specifically to ensure gentle product handling for delicate and brittle biscuit-type products – even at higher speeds. Transfer points from the loader to the cross chain, from the cross chain to the infeed chain and further into the film tube generally pose the greatest risk for product damage and breakage. Due to the full-servo execution, the Smart Measuring Loader allows for smooth placement of the portioned biscuits into the cross chain. The Smart Transfer Unit features pre-acceleration for optimal synchronization with the infeed chain. It therefore eliminates impact on the product when bringing it from the cross chain into the machine infeed, ensuring gentle, reliable handling. To keep the biscuits in an upright position while being transported into the film tube the biscuit portion is supported by a counter holder. The position where the counter holder comes up can be easily modified by the operator via an adjusting knob. Between the folding box and the cross-sealing station the slug is guided carefully by side belts or chains towards the cross-sealing station. Depending on the product characteristics, operators can easily exchange side belts with side chains and vice versa for enhanced flexibility and optimal support. All of these innovative features ensure that products are kept under control during the complete packaging process. Additionally, the narrow design of the cutting head improves sealing performance and creates tight seals.
Total Productive Maintenance Designed with the operators and Total Productive Maintenance in mind, the solution has been laid out to be accessed from all sides for smooth operation, fast and easy cleaning, and low maintenance effort. The cross chain features a spring loaded chain tensioner with visual feedback, allowing the operator to easily check whether there is optimal chain tension or it should be adjusted. Machine parts in contact with the product are made of stainless steel, meeting today's hygienic standards. The open design allows crumbs and rejected products to fall through or be removed easily. All of these features add to operator friendliness and boost machine uptime and availability.
A holistic approach for maximized Overall Equipment Effectiveness All aspects of the Pack 301 LS are designed to minimize downtime and enable stable output at high production speeds. To increase Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the complete biscuit feeding and packaging solution is operated by a single HMI, which enhances fast changeovers for different formats and sizes. In addition, whenever a product is missing, the “no product – no cycle” option stops both the infeed and the machine when a product is missing to avoid empty packages. Thanks to optimized interfaces, the integrated system can be provided with all required upstream equipment including vibratory channels, offering a complete solution from a single supplier.
Flexibility for product shapes and lay-out configurations Developed to address current and future market requirements, the Pack 301 LS system is capable of packaging rectangular, square and round products, as well as sandwich biscuits. Depending on the manufacturer's requirements, the solution can be equipped with up to ten vibratory channels. The modular design allows for scalable solutions and layout flexibility, enabling manufacturers to easily expand their production capacity or increase the level of automation from entry level, hand fed machines to fully automated solutions.
The Pack 301 LS system will be displayed at IBA in Munich, Germany from September 12 to 17 in hall B1, booth 567.
Contact: Andreas Schildknecht phone: +41 58 674 77 26
Contact person for press inquiries: Christin Poenisch phone: +49 711 811-58502
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
Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of robotic technology for primary and secondary packaging solutions, has fully redesigned its Delta robotic packaging portfolio to give food producers more versatility and performance. 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 enables 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 enable 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.
Contact: Marc de Vries, phone: +41 21 633 5200
Contact person for press inquiries: Christin Poenisch, phone: +49 711 811 58502
Sales in 2014 up by a nominal 6.3 percent to 1.18 billion euros
Order intake around 11 percent higher than in 2013
Connected industry and line competence constitute main growth drivers
Frankfurt/Waiblingen – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging solutions, remained on a growth path in 2014. The Bosch division’s sales revenue for the fiscal year increased by 70 million euros to around 1.18 billion euros, which corresponds to a nominal growth rate of 6.3 percent. This once again places the manufacturer of special-purpose machinery above the industry average of 4 percent, according to Germany’s VDMA industry association. Adjusted for currency effects the sales increased by 6.7 percent. The division’s order intake reached the record level of 1.23 billion euros, which is around 11 percent higher than in 2013. At the end of 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology employed a total of 6,100 associates at more than 30 locations around the world, which represents a year-on-year increase of around 7.7 percent. Friedbert Klefenz, president of Bosch Packaging Technology, expects to see further substantial growth in sales revenue in 2015.
Overall positive outlook for 2015 “The results achieved in the first four months of the current fiscal year give us every reason to be optimistic. Our proximity to customers and markets has enabled us to obtain a higher volume of orders compared with the previous year. This serves as the basis to reach our defined sales targets,” Klefenz said. The recent acquisition of Osgood Industries, a supplier of food packaging systems in the United States, and the establishment of a joint venture with Klenzaids, an Indian company specializing in processing, packaging, and cleanroom technology for the pharmaceutical industry, will be a contributory factor. The overall target is to grow significantly faster than the market, as Klefenz declared during a press conference at the Achema 2015 World Forum in Frankfurt.
Growth in Europe and North America, major projects in Central America In 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology made moderate progress in the European market, and achieved high double-digit growth in North America. In the free trade zone created by the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the company benefited first and foremost from substantial orders placed by its customers in the food industry. Business with manufacturers of pharmaceutical products is also moving forward, with increasing demand for machines for the production, filling, and packaging of pharmaceutical products. Sales have also been developing well in Africa and the Middle East, with revenues rising by a percentage in the mid-single-digit range.
2014 was a year of mixed sentiments as regards the development of Bosch Packaging Technology’s business in Central and South America. On the one hand, the Pharma business unit reported a double-digit increase in sales to pharmaceutical companies in Central America, with further prospects for growth thanks to a major contract. This relates to a reference project in which Bosch designed, supplied, and installed special-purpose machines for an interlinked industry solution consisting of multiple production lines. Soon the customer’s new, ultramodern factory will be capable of producing and packaging over 450 liquid and solid pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, sales to customers in the food industry in Central and South America were lower than in 2013. This result is mainly due to the depressed economic situation in these regions.
Exceptionally slow developments in Asia In 2014, progress was unexpectedly weak in the markets of the Asia-Pacific region, where Bosch Packaging Technology reported lower sales than in 2013. Nonetheless, the outlook for 2015 is positive, not least because the company has developed high-quality products to suit local needs. These machines are competitive in terms of both costs and functionality compared with similar machines offered by Asian companies. As a result, the volume of new orders in China has picked up in the first quarter of 2015, despite the slower economy. Bosch recently strengthened the presence of its Packaging Technology division in India by acquiring a 49-percent equity share in the Indian company Klenzaids. “This investment represents an important step forward in our efforts to gain a stronger foothold in this region,” Klefenz said. Klenzaids is best known as a manufacturer of cleanroom equipment for the pharmaceutical industry.
Strategy PA 2020: Expanding markets and business fields The objective of the Bosch division’s “Strategy PA 2020”, presented last year, is to increase market share and expand the number of business areas. Although the growth regions of Asia did not develop as well as expected in 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology still aims to generate one third of its sales in this region by the year 2020. At present, Asia accounts for 23 percent of total sales. The company also aims to expand its business in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. The Bosch division currently has a presence in four countries on the African continent: Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya, and South Africa. In Europe, which is still the division’s largest market, accounting for 43 percent of total sales, and in North America, which currently accounts for 25 percent of total sales, the company aims to grow faster than the market.
“In 2014, the two business units Pharma and Food generated roughly equal sales levels. We intend to keep things this way, with sales equally divided between the two units. They both offer great potential for growth. Within the food sector, our primary objective is to significantly increase sales of process and packaging technology for liquid food between now and 2020,” Klefenz said. Another area with considerable potential is the market for so-called consumables. One example in the field of food packaging is the use of aroma protection valves to preserve the full flavor of coffee. These valves allow gases to escape from the packaging without letting any oxygen in. In the field of packaging for pharmaceuticals, the application of single-use systems in filling machines for highly potent medicines enhances customer benefit, because they prevent the loss of active ingredients, reduce costs, and shorten processing times.
Connected industry and line competence “Across all business units, connected industry and line competence are our two major growth drivers,” Klefenz declared. By interconnecting different stages of the manufacturing process on a broad scale, it becomes possible to optimize the integration of all links in the value chain and to assure and enhance the operating efficiency of the machines and the quality of the products. This gives rise to the associated benefit of greater production flexibility, for instance by enabling a wider range of products to be manufactured on a single production line. At the same time, the concept of connected industry is the key to improved service. For Bosch Packaging Technology, this means for example that it can provide prompt, efficient support to its customers via the Remote Service Portal. A secure data link is used to transmit the necessary data between the customer’s machines and the Bosch Remote Service Center.
Line competence means widening the focus from a single machine to the entire production line – enabling aspects such as material flow logistics and all upstream and downstream process steps to be taken into account. Bosch has already implemented many different projects based on integrated process and packaging lines, for example in Russia, North Africa, and the Americas. The lines in question handle both liquid and solid pharmaceuticals.
Packaging technology for a better quality of life The Bosch exhibit at Achema 2015 (Hall 3, Booth C71) features five line solutions for the processing and packaging of therapeutic drugs used to treat patients suffering from diseases such as cancer and diabetes. “The message we wish to transmit to our customers, who have already invested years of effort to develop their pharmaceutical products, is that we always have their interests at heart when we design such complete solutions,” Klefenz said. He added, “It is and remains one of our key objectives to preserve the quality of medicinal products and thereby improve peoples’ quality of life. Innovative packaging technologies are one way of ensuring that drugs are delivered safely and without contamination, and that they can be administered as simply as possible.”