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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch debuts flow wrapper for packaging individual vials in North America Hermetic packaging for excellent product protection

  • High-speed separation of vial cards
  • High degree of process reliability due to integrated inspection units
  • Save gas and production costs thanks to the new RT-MAP system
Chicago – For the first time in North America, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading provider of processing and packaging solutions, presents the new Sigpack HCUL horizontal flow wrapper at PACK EXPO International 2014.

Packaging up to 300 single blow-fill-seal (BFS) vials per minute, the machine ensures hermetic packages even at high speed by featuring long-dwell cross-sealing technology. Primary packaging units, delivered as BFS cards, are gently fed into the Sigpack HCUL with the aid of a Sigpack LDF Delta robot or other intelligent loading solutions. Before being packaged in the flow wrapper, the vials are separated by the feeding system's innovative separation unit.

Hermetic seal integrity thanks to long sealing time
Without compromising packaging integrity, the Sigpack HCUL long-dwell sealing system features a cross-sealing unit that allows the sealing jaws to close more gently and in a more controlled manner than other flow wrappers currently available – even at high speeds. This long-dwell sealing ensures longer sealing times to produce hermetic packages, which facilitates optimum product protection. The balcony design of the cross-sealing unit with individually mounted heating elements allows for easy access and fast changeover. Depending on application requirements, the station has the flexibility to be equipped with either ultrasonic or heat sealing technology. Also available are hybrid machines that use ultrasonic sealing technology on the longitudinal sealing unit and heat sealing on the cross seam. Because thermo-sensitive products can be damaged when exposed to heat, usually occurring when transported over the longitudinal sealing unit, this hybrid configuration provides a high-speed and extremely product-friendly solution for these products.

In process control ensures product safety
To realize the production of high-value products, the Sigpack HCUL is equipped with a comprehensive control system. Among other parameters, the system monitors the alignment of the products as well as the information printed on the packaging, such as the barcode. By making sure that packages which do not meet the specifications are automatically rejected, only hermetically sealed packages leave the machine. Jörg Kleiner, pharmaceutical and medical sales manager for Bosch Packaging Systems AG, a company of Bosch Packaging Technology, says, “Authorities such as the FDA increasingly demand that vials be packed separately and not as vial cards, also known as “unit dose packaging”. Not only do pharmaceutical manufacturers need to meet these requirements, but at the same time maintain high productivity.”

New MAP system improves product safety and extended shelf life
The flexible Sigpack HCUL is expandable to accommodate modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Thanks to its modular construction, it can be modified for functions such as the innovative Real Time (RT) MAP system. Compared to conventional MAP systems, where the gas is inserted by a lance, the gas supply for the RT-MAP and the sensor for measuring residual oxygen content are integrated in the longitudinal sealing unit. As a result, this provides real-time measurement of residual oxygen content in the package, rejecting those that have excessive residual oxygen. The amount of gas supplied or extracted is precisely controlled so that only the necessary amount is released. The RT MAP system benefits manufacturers with improved measuring accuracy, as well as savings on production costs.

The Sigpack HCUL offers pharmaceutical manufacturers substantial advantages in the growing market for BFS pharmaceutical dosage forms, including a product-friendly and flexible feeding system, an innovative separation unit, and a product-friendly ultrasonic longitudinal sealing unit. The machine will be displayed as part of the BFS Seamless System, featuring a streamlined design for maximized overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). The speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize product flow.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn more about Bosch's latest 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:
Jörg Kleiner,
phone: +41 58 674-6913

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: Mobility Solutions, 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."

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. 92 percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional 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.

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Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 Bosch highlights comprehensive processing and packaging portfolio Expertise for African and Middle Eastern markets

  • Pack Feeder 4 and Pack 401 for gentle feeding and flexible wrapping of bakery and confectionery products
  • Extensive portfolio from entry-level to high-end solutions
  • Tailor-made service packages improve productivity
Dubai - At Gulfood Manufacturing 2014 in Dubai, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will present its comprehensive portfolio designed for efficient and high-quality packaging of food and non-food products. From processing to packaging and end-of-line technologies, Bosch offers an extensive portfolio ranging from entry-level to high-end solutions. For the first time, the company will exhibit highly versatile equipment for the packaging of bakery and confectionery products in the Middle East, Africa and Indian Sub-Continent, helping manufacturers to efficiently adapt to changing market needs.

"Whether manufacturers need a stand-alone machine or an entire packaging system, Bosch's complete range of equipment and extensive technical knowledge can help meet the increasing demands of the food and non-food markets in Africa and the Middle East," said Mazen Touban, general manager, Bosch Packaging Technology office in Egypt. "With a regional office in Cairo, Egypt, our customers benefit from a local presence backed by an international knowledge network and world-class expertise to meet the specific challenges of this market."

Efficient feeding for versatile horizontal flow wrappers
At Gulfood, Bosch will display its Pack Feeder 4 infeed system in combination with the Pack 401 horizontal flow wrapper for flexible packaging of bakery and confectionery products. The Pack Feeder 4 is a low-pressure feeding system that gently handles delicate items such as biscuits, chocolate, cakes and bar-type products. Sophisticated product inspection on the Pack Feeder 4 detects and rejects misaligned products to maximize productivity and minimize downtime. Depending on the product, the feeding system can be equipped with side belts for optimal product positioning and stability, enhancing consistent and efficient packaging.

The Pack 401 horizontal flow wrapper can be integrated with a wide range of semi- to fully-automated feeding solutions, including the Pack Feeder 4. Developed for full automation, the machine now features a narrower cutting head, enabling higher packaging speeds for heat seal applications up to 800 products per minute. It is optionally available with features such as automatic film splicing and tracking, as well as product inspection and rejection technology. The design allows easy changeovers for different product and packaging formats. Part of Bosch's Pack series, the Pack 401 is just one model from the company´s comprehensive portfolio of horizontal flow wrappers available to customers.

High volume production of confectionery products
Bosch's product portfolio includes specialized equipment for the production of confectionery items, such as hard and soft candy, toffee, jelly and chewing gum, as well as chocolate, fruit, cereal, energy and protein bars. With the recently launched slab former WRF 600 Flex bar manufacturers can minimize or eliminate the trim when processing masses for cereal, candy, protein and fruit bars. The machine enables width changes without production stoppages, maximizing uptime and output. No other equipment of its kind currently available on the market offers this capability.

Vertical packaging portfolio for versatile solutions
Bosch's vertical packaging portfolio comprises highly adaptable and scalable equipment covering a wide range of products, including dry, free-flowing goods. The highly flexible SVC and SVE platforms are the first choice for manufacturers who need to switch between different bag styles, with multiple reclosure and opening features as well as for manufactures running block-buster products on high speed lines.

For customized solutions dedicated to the packaging of sensitive dry and free-flowing products such as coffee, Bosch offers the machine family PME. Due to its modular design, the PME stands for high flexibility and premium quality because either soft or vacuum bags with different head closures can be produced on one machine. In addition, this vertical package maker can be equipped individually with Bosch product protection systems such as inside and outside valves and their respective applicators. The portfolio is completed by fully integrable equipment including hygienic auger fillers, and checkweighers.

Hygienic solutions for liquid and viscous food
Bosch offers a wide range of solutions for the packaging of liquid and viscous foods, including equipment dedicated to sensitive products such as dairy and baby food. The highly hygienic technologies allow the thermoforming, filling and closing of cups in various shapes, the filling and sealing of pre-made cups and bottles as well the blow-moulding and filling of PET bottles.

Meeting manufacturers' need for a single-source solution provider
"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," said Martin Tanner, director business development and marketing, product division confectionery and food, Bosch Packaging Technology

Introduced at Interpack 2014, the innovative, seamless biscuit packaging line is designed for maximum flexibility with changeovers from slug to pile packs, and vice versa, in less than three minutes - the fastest currently on the market. Enabling biscuit manufacturers to meet changing global market requirements, the system also features product count changes in less than one minute. From smaller on-the-go packages to large family packs, the biscuit packaging line is capable of producing multiple pack variations from product handling to case packing. The speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize production flow, facilitating high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). Bosch also offers a Seamless System designed specifically for high-speed bar-type product packaging.

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 or third-party-equipment.

Tailor-made service portfolio for your requirements
At Gulfood, Bosch will also highlight its comprehensive after-sales services portfolio. Machine upgrades and modernizations, for instance, enable customers to flexibly adapt their existing equipment to meet new market requirements. Customers can also find out how training sessions from the Bosch Packaging Academy enhance efficient machinery handling. Moreover, Bosch will demonstrate how tailor-made service packages support customers in improving their productivity with minimum machine downtime, ultimately resulting in higher profitability of their Bosch packaging machines.

The technologies will be on display at Gulfood Manufacturing 2014, Dubai World Trade Center, November 9 to 11, 2014 in Sheikh Saeed Hall, booth E84.

Contact:
Mazen Touban,
phone: +20 22265-0911
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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch spotlights complete packaging systems competence Single-source solutions provider for entry-level through high-end technologies

  • Seamless Systems’ design, speed and ease-of-use yield high productivity
  • Global introduction of enhanced blow-fill-seal packaging line
  • Module++ lines for versatility and easy automation
Chicago – At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will showcase its complete systems competence, from processing to primary and secondary packaging to end-of-line technologies. Two high-speed Seamless Systems designed to maximize Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) will be featured, including the global launch of the enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line. Also displayed will be the company’s Module++ capabilities, which link Bosch’s proven standard modules for customized processing and packaging solutions. To create each line, Bosch draws from its local support combined with a global knowledge network.

“Whether searching for high-end systems from processing to case packing, or taking the first steps with packaging automation, food and nonfood manufacturers are seeking a single-source solutions provider,” said Paul Garms, marketing manager, Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc., New Richmond. “Bosch’s wide portfolio of systems technologies ensures that manufacturers are equipped with the right solution to stay competitive in a constantly evolving market.”

Seamless Systems to take manufacturers to the peak of productivity
Developed with high productivity in mind, the Seamless Systems from Bosch feature a streamlined design for OEE. The speed of all line components is balanced to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize product flow. In addition, the Seamless Systems are designed for ease of use, with the same look and feel across the entire line. This makes operation as simple as using a single machine, reducing the risk of operator error and increasing uptime.

At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch will launch its enhanced blow-fill-seal (BFS) packaging line, featuring new high-speed vial separation capabilities. To give pharmaceutical manufacturers the flexibility to adapt to changing market demands, the BFS packaging line can package vial cards with multiple units or single vials. The BFS line is also capable of handling varying vial thicknesses, helping prevent jams and maximizing uptime. The system features a Sigpack HCUL flow wrapper with hybrid sealing technology: heat sealing on the cross and ultrasonic sealing on the length seam. The long-dwell heat sealing technology allows for extended sealing time, ensuring that thicker films are hermetically sealed for high product protection. Due to the low heat emission, ultrasonic sealing technology is ideal for products such as vials, which are heat sensitive and could be damaged during the process.

Bosch will also present its Seamless System for cracker packaging, designed for the gentle handling of delicate products at fast speeds. The cracker packaging line features tandem slug portioning technology, which generates slug and half-slug pack size configurations with the same process speed. After portioning, the crackers are sent to a flow wrapper that can easily handle both formats and ensures hermetic sealing. With speeds ranging from 120 slugs to 250 half slugs per minute, the cracker packaging line is designed for optimum flexibility, OEE and robustness.

The system will include the Sigpack TTMC case packer, which is making its debut in North America and can handle both regular slotted and half slotted cases (RSC and HSC, respectively). The Bosch booth will also display all of the company’s core competencies via an interactive platform. This includes the handling and packaging of biscuits, an overview of different sealing technologies for horizontal flow wrappers, as well as an introduction to sachet and stick pack packaging capabilities.

Versatile end-to-end solutions with Module++
For ultimate versatility and adaptability, Bosch will highlight its Module++ lines, which integrate the company’s proven modular machines for adaptable and scalable end-to-end line solutions. From processing through case packaging, Module++ allows for easy upgrades for manufacturers either taking their first steps with automation or bringing automation to the next level.

Through local support combined with global consultation services, Bosch tailors each line to meet individual manufacturer needs. This ensures that manufacturers will be quickly equipped with the ideal solutions to realize fast time-to-market. All machines are also available as stand-alone modules designed for simple integration with existing Bosch technology.

At the show, there will be three distinct lines including modules for processing, gentle product handling, distribution and feeding, as well as horizontal flow wrappers, vertical baggers, robotics, cartoners and case packers. For processing technology, Bosch is launching its new roller former designed to minimize trim when processing masses for cereal, candy, protein and fruit bars. The Bosch roller former is the only machine of its kind currently available on the market capable of width adjustments without machine stops, maximizing uptime and output.

In addition, Bosch will exhibit a bar wrapping line featuring its product distribution system that utilizes a touchless transportation concept to gently handle even the most challenging products, whether sticky, soft, top-heavy or fragile. Machines from its Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry-level models to fully automated technologies, will wrap the bars and a Presto top loading delta robot will load the wrapped bars into cartons. The delta robotic technology ensures high-speed carton packing with the ability to accommodate flexible pack patterns.

A second line will display a vertical bagger featuring Bosch’s patented four-corner seal module. The vertical bagger is designed to produce a variety of different pack styles, including pillow, block bottom, four-corner seal, doy and doy zip, with reclosabilty and opening features at high speeds. To complete the line, Bosch will exhibit its CCM 3100 case packer for flexible case packing. The CCM 3100 features quick changeovers between vertical (stand up) and horizontal (lay flat) bag presentation. The case packer is designed to meet manufacturers’ demands for shorter production runs with a wide format range in both bag and case sizes and styles, including RSC, HSC and other shelf-ready packaging styles.

The final Module++ line will package a medical test cartridge and showcase a robot distribution system with an integrated vision system. It is ideal for feeding irregular and random product flows into precise and consistent order. In addition, the new robotic technology features an open-frame design for expedited cleaning and simplified operations, which increases efficiency. The robot will feed a horizontal flow wrapper featuring long-dwell sealing technology that is capable of sealing times up to one second. This produces a hermetic seal to protect the product and extend shelf life.

Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers can learn more about Bosch’s latest system 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
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TechnoPharm 2014 Bosch introduces CIP system specifically for use with human vaccines Closed system for high operator protection

  • Compact skid design facilitates handling
  • CIP tank with a volume of 800 liters
  • High cleaning quality and process efficiency
Nuremberg, Germany – At TechnoPharm 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, presents the special version of a CIP (Cleaning in Place) system. “The exhibited system serves for cleaning and wastewater inactivation of various process systems used in the production of human vaccines,” explained project manager Volker Kempf. “It meets the highest safety requirements. In addition, it is easy to transport, quick to set up, and easy to handle.” The CIP system is manufactured by Pharmatec, a subsidiary of Bosch Packaging Technology.

The development of human vaccines comprises three successive process steps: preparation, purification, and formulation. During the first phase, eggs are inoculated with virus-containing material for selective replication of viruses in the laboratory. To separate the viruses, the egg-based preparation is purified in several steps by means of filtration and addition of buffer solutions. The CIP system from Bosch is used for cleaning the pharmaceutical purification equipment, which ranges from the harvesting system to a variety of filtration and separation systems to the process tank with finished active substance concentrate, and at the same time thermally inactivates the wastewater.

Operator safety is the highest priority
Handling of live viruses poses a threat to the staff and requires high equipment security measures. Consequently, the CIP system and all system modules are designed according to biosafety level 3 (BSL 3). To keep viruses from escaping to the outside, Bosch has designed a completely closed system with fixed piping and a hermetic CIP pressure vessel. The pumps for supply and return of rinsing media are equipped with double mechanical seals and sealing liquid (pure steam condensate) in the space between the seals, ensuring that no contaminated cleaning media escapes into the environment.

Easy operation with the touch panel
The system in compact skid design provides essential advantages to the user: Due to its modular construction, it can be transported easily, as well as set up and connected to the media supply of the building quickly. If production is moved to another location, the system can be reinstalled at the new site without difficulty. The touch control panel with a user-friendly menu enables simple parameterization of the cleaning program. All components and parts coming in contact with the media are made of stainless steel and fitted with a high-quality surface. Hence the system can clean itself without residue between applications, and can be sanitized with water for injection (WFI) at a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius.

As a satellite system, the CIP system is designed for cleaning of various process systems on a rotating basis, as well as for cleaning of tubing or loops. With a volume of 800 liters, the CIP tank has the necessary size to clean process tanks with a useable volume of approximately 2000 liters. Sodium hydroxide, which is prepared in a separate tank, is used as the cleaning medium.

Contact:
Klaus Schreiber,
phone: +49 351 28278-833
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  • September 30, 2014
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