Packaging Technology

ProSweets 2016 Patented flexible roller former from Bosch upgraded to enable production of multilayer bars Increased productivity for bar production

  • 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.

Frank Jansen,
phone: +49 2162 248-452

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  • October 27, 2015
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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.


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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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