First customer projects implemented in Europe and Asia
Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, is further expanding its line competence in the filling and processing of pre-sterilized syringes. “After successfully establishing our fill-finish portfolio, we also strengthen our line competence in downstream processes,” says Klaus Ullherr, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology. “Two steps are required: the rod has to be inserted and the pre-filled syringes have to be inspected. The USD de-nester and the RIL rod insertion and labelling machine are ideal additions to our filling and closing machines, such as the recently launched FXS Combi.” First machine combinations are already in operation in Europe and Asia.
Gentle removal and transportation The syringes filled with liquid pharmaceuticals are either manually or automatically placed on the infeed belt of the de-nester in tubs. Using a gripper, the USD removes the syringes in rows and gently transfers them to a horizontal single-lane transport belt. The products remain in a safe and controlled position at all times. Depending on the model, the USD de-nester achieves an output of up to 400 syringes per minute. In combination with the respective inspection machines for particle and cosmetic inspection as well as leak detection, a ZPS buffer system and a RIL rod insertion and labelling machine, lines for middle and high performance can be implemented.
Safety for products, operators and patients The high-performance machines of the RIL series accomplish exact and gentle rod insertion, and provide for reliable labelling of the syringes. First, the transport belt transfers the syringes to a segment wheel, which ensures that screwing in of the rod is done at optimum conditions in standstill mode. A separate sorting device conveys the rods to a star wheel, which positions the rods and inserts them accurately into the rubber stoppers. The torque control makes sure that the stoppers do not move. In the next step, the segment wheel transfers the syringes to the labelling station, where the labels are applied and checked with a control sensor. A number of additional options are available to read out label data or inspect the quality, readability and coding of the labels.
To ensure optimum product and operator safety as well as high product quality, the RIL models are equipped with a tip closure control, which checks the presence of the protecting cap on the injection needle. All defect syringes are conveyed to a customer-specific reject station via a star wheel. After rod insertion, labelling and inspection, the processed syringes can be additionally equipped with a backstopper on the RIL. Designed for patient safety and ease of use, the stopper prevents the plunger head from being pulled out of the syringe and also broadens the finger flange.
First machine combinations in operation “The downstream equipment is an important part of our line competence for syringes,” says Klaus Ullherr. “The new models meet the requirements in the European, as well as in the growing Asian market. Our specialists have already delivered, installed and put into operation several machines together with our customers.” Further steps for a consequent portfolio expansion are in the planning stage, such as the integration of so-called safety devices for syringes.
Contact: Klaus Ullherr phone: +49 7951 402-517
Contact person for press inquiries: Christin Poenisch phone: +49 711 811-58502
Precise working width adjustment allows for less or no trim to reduce product waste
Tool-free width adjustments without production stoppages for maximum uptime
Enhanced customer support with Confectionery Service App
Cologne, Germany – At ProSweets 2016, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, is launching its upgraded WRF 600 Flex roller former for multilayer bars. The latest solution from Bosch enables customers to produce multilayer bars, such as those consisting of nougat topped with a layer of caramel, on the same production process. Thanks to its patented flexible working width it is 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 this kind on the market offers this capability.
Less waste, more bar The WRF 600 Flex features a smooth slab former with a flexible working width that allows for easy, step-less and tool-free adjustments for the precise cutting of multilayer bar products in different sizes. As a result, less product mass is wasted, helping to decrease production costs and contributing to a higher 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. The working width ranges between 400 and 1500 millimeters. As a standard feature, the slab thickness can be continuously adjusted between 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,” says 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.”
In addition to its bar processing technology, Bosch also provides primary and secondary packaging solutions for bars. 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 the balanced speed of all line components to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize production flow, facilitating high Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE).
Smart Service For its customers, Bosch is also offering a Confectionery Service App for smartphones, tablets and PCs as part of an enhanced service package, complementing its confectionery and food technologies. The app can be combined with the existing Bosch “E-Portal”, which contains customized – as well as machine-specific – spare parts data, allowing for the transparent flow of information and a simplified 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 for multilayer bars, along with other technologies from Bosch, will be on display in Hall 10.1, booth C10 at ProSweets 2016 in Cologne, Germany, 31 January to 3 February 2016.
Contact: Frank Jansen, phone: +49 2162 248-452
Contact person for press inquiries: Christin Poenisch, phone: +49 711 811-58502
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.
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 www.bosch.usa
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.
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.”
*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.