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PACK EXPO International 2014 Bosch launches slab former with flexible working width 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
  • Debut of Confectionery Service App enhances customer support
Chicago - At PACK EXPO International 2014, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, is launching its WRF 600 Flex roller former for the North American market. 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 its kind currently available on the market offers this capability.

In addition, Bosch is introducing its new Confectionery Service App for smartphones, tablets and PCs to complement the company's service portfolio.

Less waste, more bar
The new WRF 600 Flex roller former features a smooth slab former with a flexible working width allowing easy, step-less and tool-free adjustments for precise cutting of bar products in different sizes. As a result, less product mass is wasted, helping decrease production costs and contribute to faster 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. As a standard feature, the slab thickness can be continuously adjusted between 0.196 and 1.181 inches (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," said 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."

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 balanced speed of all line components to eliminate bottlenecks, minimize downtime and optimize production flow, facilitating high overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Smart Service
Bosch will also debut its innovative Confectionery Service App for smartphones, tablets and PCs at PACK EXPO International 2014 as part of an enhanced service package, complementing its confectionery and food technology. The app can be combined with the existing Bosch "E-portal", which contains customized as well as machine-specific spare parts data, allowing transparent flow of information and simplifying the 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 will be on display in the South Hall, booth S-3514 at PACK EXPO International in Chicago, Illinois, United States, November 2 to 5.

Contact:
Frank Jansen
phone: +49 2162 248-452

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 ($61.2 billion). (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 ($6.0 billion) 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.

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PACK EXPO International 2014 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
Chicago – To meet growing demand for high quality coffee in North America, Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging solutions, will launch the V55 external coffee protection valve at PACK EXPO International 2014. 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, US 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 National Coffee Association, daily coffee consumption in the U.S. remains strong but steady at 61 percent. The same study indicates that there is a distinct shift toward gourmet coffee consumption, with a 3 percent increase forecast for 20141. “To capitalize on this consumer trend, 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, 0.49 x 0.49 x 0.014 inches), 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 compliment external valves, Bosch offers North and South American 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 in North and South America ensure quick support.

To learn more about how Bosch's V55 valve can help protect coffee quality, visit Bosch at PACK EXPO International, November 2 to 5 in South Hall, booth S-3514.

Contact:
Julian Kätzlmeier,
phone: +49 152 086 916 90

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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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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