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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch showcases secondary packaging solutions Strengthening position as single-source solutions provider

  • Focus on flexibility and quick changeovers
  • Improved ergonomics for workplace safety
  • Efficiency and streamlined design for maximum OEE
Chicago – At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will feature several technologies from its secondary packaging portfolio. The show will mark the North American debut of the Sigpack TTMC case packer, designed for maximum versatility, and the Elematic 3001, a highly flexible and ergonomic wrap-around case packer. Bosch will also present its adaptable CCM case packer for vertical and horizontal bag presentation.

“Our secondary packaging equipment is built for ease-of-use and reduced total cost of ownership (TCO), and can be run 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” said Paul Garms, marketing manager, Bosch Packaging Technology Inc., New Richmond. “Combined with our primary packaging technologies, this portfolio of technologies addresses manufacturers' need for a single-source solutions provider.”

Sigpack TTMC case packer: maximum flexibility and OEE
Presented to North American manufacturers for the first time, the Sigpack TTMC case packer is designed to handle a variety of pre-packed food, non-food and pharmaceutical applications, including those in flow-packs, trays, cartons, pouches and bags. The machine can be adjusted quickly, easily and without tools to the required format and product configuration with vertical start-up. Able to run at a high feeding rate, products can be supplied flat or on edge, as well as packaged into Regular Slotted Container (RSC), Half Slotted Container (HSC), with retail-ready functionality. Multiple case closing options are available, ranging from a tape or hot melt solution to the release of unsealed cases for third-party closure.

The case erecting, robotic loading, and optional case closing units are all integrated in the case packer, resulting in a highly compact machine. Additionally, the speed of all components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, optimize production flow, and maximize overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The system's fully flexible feeding wheel can accommodate various factory layouts by positioning the case packer inline, at a 90-degree angle, or other angles.

Another benefit of the Sigpack TTMC is its ergonomic design, which includes lightweight format parts and easily accessible doors, which are interlocked to prevent operators from accidentally opening them for increased workplace safety. The Sigpack TTMC is an extension of the Sigpack TTM platform for secondary and end-of line packaging which comprises various integrated or stand-alone toploading solutions for cartoning and case packing. The case packer will be on display as part of the Seamless Systems cracker packaging line, which has been designed for high productivity and optimum OEE.

Elematic 3001: increased uptime meets the latest in safety
For the first time in North America, Bosch will showcase its highly flexible Elematic 3001 wrap-around case packer. Developed to enhance workplace safety and ease of use, the machine's new ergonomic design offers several enhancements that help manufacturers meet increasingly stringent safety regulations around the globe. The Elematic 3001 features a low blank magazine height, making operation easier and minimizing the risk of injury. In addition, the hot melt system has been optimized with an external granulate container, which helps protect operators when refilling glue.

Thanks to its Elematic click system, the Elematic 3001 features quick and easy format changeovers without using tools. When parts lock into place, operators are notified with a click sound and aligned color-coded components, letting them hear and see that the format changeover is complete. This makes changeovers clear and reproducible, and helps eliminate time-consuming corrections. This is only one example where the incorporation of the Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) concept helps to maximize uptime. The case packer runs multiple pack styles including tray, classic full wrap-around, ledge tray as well as two-part shelf-ready packaging.

CCM 3100: versatile case packing of bags and flow-wrapped packages
To meet the need for flexible case packaging, Bosch will present its CCM 3100 case packer for vertical and horizontal bag presentation. Designed to meet manufacturers' demands for shorter production runs and more frequent changes in product packaging styles, this case packer features a wide format range in both bag and case sizes and styles, including the RSC, HSC and other shelf-ready packaging styles. As a result, the CCM 3100 offers the flexibility manufacturers need to meet changing retailer demands.

The CCM 3100 is designed for easy integration with vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS), as well as horizontal form, fill and seal (HFFS) machines. Capable of picking and placing up to 180 products per minute, the machine's single frame is attached to an infeed system that accepts products from VFFS and HFFS primary packaging machines. Depending on the product characteristics, products can be handled individually or in groups, and are picked and placed by a two-axis robot with vacuum or gripper end-effectors.

Additionally, the case packer setup can be quickly changed to accommodate vertical (stand up) or horizontal (lay flat) bag orientation and its open frame enables easy access for quick changeovers. The CCM 3100 will be displayed as part of a Module++ line, which links the company's proven standard modules for customized processing and packaging solutions.

Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn more about Bosch's latest secondary packaging 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.

Contact:
Paul Garms,
phone: +1 715 243-2503

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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Pharma Expo 2014 Bosch showcases new solutions for pharmaceutical manufacturers Machines with modular and sustainable design

  • Laboratory devices for research and development
  • New horizontal cartoning machine CUT 1405 with latest servo and safety technology
  • Global launch of enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line
Chicago, Illinois – Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will showcase various innovations for the pharmaceutical industry at this year’s Pharma Expo. “At the Bosch booth, which is the largest at a North American pharma trade show to date, we will present several novelties for the pharmaceutical industry, ranging from laboratory filling equipment to processing, packaging and inspection machines, complemented by a large after-sales services portfolio,” explained Dave Cousins, director of sales, Robert Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc., Minneapolis. “The machines can easily be integrated into existing line concepts and ensure a highly sustainable production due to reduced production time and less maintenance efforts.”

Precise and flexible laboratory filling systems
Bosch presents two devices for laboratory-scale filling of liquid pharmaceuticals at Pharma Expo. The stand-alone UNO single pump dosing station controls pump stroke and valve movements, thus ensuring precise dosing operations. Featuring patented rolling diaphragm pump technology, the filler includes an integrated controls system. Its intuitive Human Machine Interface (HMI) ensures quick and easy recipe selection and setup of fill volumes.

The FHM series of semi-automated, modular laboratory devices for liquid pharmaceutical filling operations is particularly suited for pharmacists and for the application in laboratories and early stages of clinical trials. The series currently consists of four modules: the HMI, the filling module with a peristaltic pump, the weighing module and the needle movement. The HMI controls all automatic processes such as in-process control (IPC) filling and weighing, while the containers are manually fed and removed. Further filling modules are planned, for instance a rotary slide piston pump.

Tableting at reduced production time
The new Manesty TPR 500 tablet press can produce more than 400,000 tablets per hour, considerably reducing process and production time. The press is equipped with several technical novelties such as a 56-station die table, torque drive and tablet discharge chute, as well as an intuitive HMI. Reduced maintenance efforts and overall ease of use lower the Total Cost of Ownership and make the TPR 500 particularly suitable for customers with flexibility requirements.

New primary and secondary packaging solutions
At the show, Bosch will showcase two high-speed Seamless Systems. From product handling through case packing, the speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and maximize product flow, which optimizes overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). For pharmaceutical manufacturers in particular, Bosch will feature the global launch of its enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) Seamless System, now with new high-speed vial separation capabilities and hybrid heat/ultrasonic sealing technology for hermetically sealed packages. Letting pharmaceutical manufacturers adapt to changing market demands, the BFS packaging line can now package both vial cards and after-separation single vials.

The new intermittent horizontal CUT 1405 cartoning machine offers higher flexibility as well as the latest servo and safety technology at reduced costs. Based on the proven technology of the CUT 120 cartoning machine, the CUT 1405 offers a large choice of in-feed systems, formats and closure options. It safely and gently handles different carton sizes and packages a wide variety of primary packaging such as bottles, vials, syringes, ampoules, tubes, blisters and trays as well as bags, stick packs and sachets in folding cartons.

Enhanced inspection and comprehensive services
A vial inspection machine of the new AIM 8 series will be another tradeshow highlight. It is the first of the new generation of fully automated inspection machines designed to inspect up to 600 vials per minute for product and cosmetic container defects, such as particles inside liquid pharmaceuticals or scratches and spots on the container. The series’ main module is equipped with a pre-spin table to reduce bubbles in the liquid or homogenize suspensions. A puck transport system ensures quick and easy size changeover and safe container handling. Thanks to its modular design, the AIM 8 allows an easy adaptation of the machines to customer-specific requirements.

At Pharma Expo, Bosch will also showcase its after-sales services portfolio focusing on solutions that improve packaging flexibility, machine efficiency and productivity. With machine upgrades and modernizations, Bosch’s after-sales services enable customers to adapt existing equipment to current market requirements. IPR Inc., of which Bosch holds a minority share, will also present its comprehensive services for the rebuilding of tablet presses, press upgrades and spare parts.

Bosch’s technologies are on display at Pharma Expo 2014, Chicago, Illinois from November 2 to 5, 2014, at booth W-603, West Hall.

Contact:
Tony Miller,
phone: +1 763 493-6756

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."

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.bosch-press.com and 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 and www.bosch.com.mx and www.bosch.ca.

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  • August 20, 2014
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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch showcases entry-level to high-end solutions Focus on automation and enhanced hygiene

  • Complete systems' competence as single-source solutions provider
  • Pack Series flow wrappers: from entry-level to fully-automated
  • Vertical baggers and robotics for enhanced hygiene
Chicago - At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will present several technologies from its broad portfolio catering to the needs of food, confectionery and pharmaceutical manufacturers of all sizes. All machines are designed for easy integration with existing Bosch technology, giving manufacturers the benefit of one supplier for their entire packaging line. Ranging from entry-level solutions to high-end technology for maximum productivity, Bosch will showcase its complete systems' competence and Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers. The company will also spotlight vertical packaging and robotics technologies that address the growing need for hygienic solutions, as well as its after-sales services.

"Whether starting out with a stand-alone machine or seeking a high-end system solution, Bosch offers technologies for individual customer needs," said Paul Garms, marketing manager at Bosch Packaging Technology Inc., New Richmond. "From initial consultation to after-sales services, Bosch's extensive portfolio ensures that manufacturers are equipped with the right solution."

Single-source solutions provider with complete systems' competence
At the show, Bosch will showcase two high-speed Seamless Systems. From product handling through case packing, the speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and maximize product flow, which optimizes overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

In particular, Bosch will feature the global launch of its enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line with hybrid sealing technology as well as present its Seamless System for cracker packaging, including the North American debut of the TTMC case packer, which handles both regular slotted and half slotted cases (RSC and HSC, respectively).

At the show, Bosch will also display Module++ lines, which link the company's proven standard modules for customized processing and packaging solutions. At PACK EXPO International 2014, Module++ capabilities will include complete packaging lines demonstrating product distribution and feeding, primary packaging and end-of-line cartoning, as well as case packing with the flexible CCM 3100 case packer. As part of the processing technology, Bosch will make the North American debut or its new roller former, the WRF 600, which features working width adjustment during production without machine stops. Also being introduced to North America is the Elematic 3001, a wrap-around case packer with improved ergonomics for increased workplace safety.

Horizontal flow wrappers for all automation levels
Bosch will also exhibit its Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry-level models to fully automated technologies. For small- to mid-sized businesses, the entry-level Pack 101 offers the widest product size range currently available on wrappers in its class, with quick and easy setup and changeovers. Another offering is the Pack 401, a higher speed wrapper designed for full automation, with options such as integrating with advanced feeding technology, automatic film splicing, as well as product inspection and rejection technology. The Pack 401 is available as stand-alone equipment or can be easily combined with other packaging machines, such as Delta robotics, secondary packaging, product handling and various infeed technology for complete solutions. Additionally, the Pack series includes inverted wrappers for soft, difficult-to-handle products and multipack items, as well as long-dwell wrappers for hermetically sealed packages.

Hygienic vertical bagger platform now with ultrasonic sealing
Created for enhanced hygiene to help manufacturers meet diverse food handling regulations, Bosch's SVC platform is the company's new hygienic and flexible vertical packaging machine solution. Designed with simplicity, versatility and cleanability in mind, the platform is now available with ultrasonic sealing technology, which can be applied to all Bosch vertical baggers. The SVC platform is completely customizable to meet the needs of numermous industries and hygienic levels, and is available for dry and wet cleaning, as well as in washdown configuration. To help keep operations efficient and clean, the SVC features a rust-resistant stainless steel frame that also withstands harsh cleansers. A streamlined design creates a clutter-free workspace, with the electric cabinet incorporated within the machine frame and a reduced number and length of cords and cables. At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch will showcase the SVC 4020 with ultrasonic sealing technology.

Robotic solutions for enhanced productivity and hygiene
To address the growing demand for enhanced ease of use and hygienic design, Bosch will highlight its latest robotics advancements. These include a Paloma Delta robot feeding a primary packaging flow wrapper, and a Presto Delta robot placing products into secondary packaging. The Paloma features the new GD33 Delta robot arm and an open-frame design for expedited cleaning and simplified operations, which increases efficiency. With quicker speed and payload, robust performance, and reduced maintenance time, this new generation Delta robot improves productivity. In addition to helping manufacturers meet food safety standards, the GD33's simplified design reduces total cost of ownership (TCO).

Enhanced equipment efficiency through broad after-sales services
Bosch will also present its broad after-sales services portfolio. It includes solutions to improve packaging flexibility, machine efficiency and productivity. Visitors will experience how services, such as machine upgrades and modernization, flexibly adapt existing equipment to changing market requirements. To demonstrate the advantages of remanufactured equipment, original spare parts and individual production improvements, a completely overhauled Doboy horizontal wrapper will be on display. The machine has been dismantled and reassembled with refinished components and new hardware, serving as example for the possibilities of modernization. In this context, Bosch will also show a series of spare parts. Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in the "OEE Challenge" - a contest to test participants' speed, feeding accuracy and productivity on the modernized machine.

Throughout the show, Bosch will highlight its global consultation services to support manufacturers in choosing the ideal solution for their individual requirements.

To learn more about Bosch's latest packaging solutions for food and pharmaceutical manufacturers, visit Bosch at PACK EXPO International in Chicago, Illinois, United States, November 2 to 5 in the South Hall, booth S-3514. Additional pharmaceutical solutions from Bosch can be seen at Pharma Expo, collocated with PACK EXPO, in the West Hall, booth W-603.

Contact:
Paul Garms,
phone: +1 715 243-2503
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CPhI Worldwide 2014 Bosch presents pharmaceutical laboratory equipment portfolio Compact solutions for research and development

  • FHM 1000: modular filling device for laboratories and clinical trials
  • Compact laboratory devices for processing solid pharmaceuticals: Solidlab 1, Hüttlin Mycromix and Manesty Xpress 100
  • Modernized pharmaceutical laboratory in Schopfheim, Germany offers customers equipment for testing purposes
Paris – At CPhI Worldwide from October 7 to 9, 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, focusses on compact laboratory systems and showcases equipment for processing liquid and solid pharmaceutical dosage forms. Exhibits include the FHM 1000 laboratory device for liquid pharmaceutical filling operations as well as three machines for mixing, granulating, coating and tablet pressing from the portfolio of the product brands Hüttlin and Manesty. Thanks to their space-saving and modular design, the laboratory device Solidlab 1, the high-shear mixer granulator Mycromix and the tablet press Manesty Xpress 100 are especially suitable for research and development purposes. The devices for the production of solid pharmaceuticals are available to customers for tests in the modernized and expanded Hüttlin laboratory in Schopfheim, Germany.

Modular filling system for laboratories
With the FHM 1000 series for liquid pharmaceutical filling operations, Bosch presents semi-automated, modular laboratory devices for pharmacists as well as for the application in laboratories and early stages of clinical trials. The series currently consists of four modules: the Human Machine Interface (HMI), the filling module with a peristaltic pump, the weighing module and the needle movement. The HMI is the device’s centerpiece, controlling all automatic processes such as in-process control (IPC) filling and weighing, while the containers are manually fed and removed. Further filling modules are planned to offer additional flexibility, for instance a rotary slide piston pump. Moreover, the FHM series significantly facilitates the design of experiments (DoE) for customers by comprehensively recording trial parameters, while also enabling easy scale-up to production systems.

Process variety and space-saving design
For each step in the processing of solid dosage forms, Bosch also presents several systems of its product brands Hüttlin and Manesty. The laboratory device Solidlab 1 ensures maximum performance on the smallest possible space and handles batches from 0.05 to 2 kilograms. The machine enables the mixing, drying, granulating and coating of small particles and pellets in the fluid bed module and tablet coating in the coater module. Thus, the modular laboratory equipment can run up to eight processes on one machine. Both modules are operated via a mutual and integrated air handling and control system.

Hüttlin Mycromix, the smallest high-shear mixer granulator in the laboratory equipment range, is also being displayed at CPhI. The machine is suited for research and design purposes and handles batches from 0.1 to 3.5 kilograms. The bottom drive unit Hüttlin Gentlewing ensures highly homogeneous mixing qualities for granulates. All processes can be easily transferred to production equipment via scale-up.

As far as tablet pressing is concerned, the compact and mobile Manesty Xpress 100 with data acquisition software provides an excellent opportunity to evaluate new tablet formulations. A range of flexible turret options ensures the production of clinical trial batches. Using the same “mpower” operating software as larger production-scale machines of the Manesty Xpress series, the Xpress 100 allows for better comparison of test results.

Research and pilot operations for solid dosage forms
The expanded and modernized Hüttlin laboratory in Schopfheim, which was inaugurated in February 2014, is also committed to the production of solid dosage forms. The facility combines the pharmaceutical portfolio focus areas of the Bosch Packaging Technology sites Schopfheim and Waiblingen in Germany with the British site in Knowsley in an area of more than 600 square meters. In the expanded centre of competence, ten machines from the Hüttlin and Manesty product portfolio, as well as from the site in Waiblingen, are available to customers for tests and the development of formulas and processes. The wide range of equipment covers all process steps both in lab und full production scale of solid dosage forms, including the necessary analytics: from mixing, drying, granulating and coating of fine particles and pellets to pressing and coating of tablets and filling of capsules.

Bosch’s technologies are on display at CPhI Worldwide in Paris from October 7 to 9, 2014 in hall 1, booth C38.

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  • August 06, 2014
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