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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,” says 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,” remarks 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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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,” explains 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 emphasizes. “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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Interpack 2014 Bosch launches AIM 8 series, the new generation of fully automated inspection machines

  • New, modular AIM 8 series: flexible adaptation to customer-specific requirements
  • Camera-based system inspects up to 600 containers per minute
  • For the first time outside of Japan: fully automated tablet inspection machine ETIM
Duesseldorf, Germany – At Interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, reveals a vial inspection machine of the new AIM 8 series. This machine is the first of the new generation of fully automated inspection machines by the Inspection Technology sector of Bosch Packaging Technology, which was founded in the beginning of 2012 following the acquisition of Eisai Machinery. In the future, the series will be completed by additional models to cover further parenteral liquid container types, such as syringes, cartridges and ampoules. The AIM 8 series is characterized by a modular design, which allows an easy adaptation of the machines to customer-specific requirements. “With its range of different modules, we can flexibly tailor the AIM 8 to customer specifications, for instance by choosing from standardized inspection units or adding an extra inspection table,” Katsumi Shimizu, technical project leader at Bosch Packaging Technology K.K. in Japan explains.

Higher output and improved camera system
The basic module of the AIM 8 is equipped with a CMOS camera-based particle inspection system and a table for up to five inspection stations. Each station can in turn be equipped with a wide range of different inspection units. Most of these units combine two inspection types, leading to significant space-savings on the tables. Depending on their requirements, customers can expand this main module by connecting it to a sub-module containing an additional inspection table, as well as to a pre-spin table to reduce bubbles in the liquid or homogenize suspensions.

In contrast to previous series, a camera system is integrated into the main module as standard particle inspection unit. The new AIM 8 series is designed to inspect up to 600 containers per minute for product and cosmetic container defects, such as particles inside liquid pharmaceuticals or scratches and spots on the container. The machine model that Bosch presents at Interpack 2014 handles 450 vials per minute. Depending on product requirements and customer preferences, the proven light transmission-based SD (Static Division) system for the inspection of moving objects and fill levels is available as an option.

“During the development of the AIM 8 series, Bosch put special emphasis on standardizing core mechanical and electrical parts and inspection units to secure faster delivery of machines and service response times,” Katsumi Shimizu explains. “Moreover, the puck transport system ensures quick and easy size changeover and safe container handling.”

ETIM tablet inspection: a novelty outside of Japan
Bosch Packaging Technology presents another novelty at Interpack 2014. The fully automated inspection machine ETIM for tablets was initially developed exclusively for the Japanese market and now makes its first appearance outside of Japan. “Customer requirements regarding product quality are particularly high in Japan. We believe that our international pharmaceutical customers can greatly profit from these standards and our respective developments,” Kenji Hanawa, vice president of the pharmaceutical Inspection Technology sector of Bosch Packaging Technology, explains.

The ETIM is designed to flexibly handle different types and shapes of tablets at output rates of up to 300 000 per hour. The inspection machine identifies tablet defects such as coloration, breakage, and foreign particles as small as 50 micrometers in size. The highly accurate camera-based imaging system ensures a 360 degree inspection of each tablet. It simultaneously inspects the tablet surface and its peripheral edge with a single camera, presenting the information as five images on the operating screens. The opposite side is inspected with the help of a precise tablet flip-over during transport. This leads to all-around inspection by avoiding blind spots or dead angles. “In addition, Bosch is currently working on a new generation for the global market with even higher precision and output,” Kenji Hanawa concludes.

Joachim Baczewski,
phone: +81 3 5466-2550
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  • March 25, 2014
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