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Bosch presents comprehensive system for granola bars

PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017

  • Complete system solution for producing and packaging granola bars
  • Gentle handling paired with hygienic process and packaging technology for organic, free-from products
  • Patented high-performance splicing reduces downtime

Las Vegas, United States – At PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2017, Bosch Packaging Technology will showcase a new customer project to produce and package granola bars on a fully integrated bar system, from mixing to palletizing. “We will provide Canadian confectionery manufacturer, Riverside Natural Foods Ltd., with a complete system solution. The Bosch bar production and packaging system offers easy operation and cleaning as well as the right level of automation and format flexibility”, says Klaus Haebig, Sales Manager for North America at Bosch Packaging Systems in charge of this project.

“For our MadeGood® granola bars, we wanted to find a best-in-class solution from mix to pallet and Bosch offered leading technology for every part of the process”, Nima Fotovat, founder of Riverside explains. “At PACK EXPO we will be able to take a first look at parts of our new line, which is very exciting for us”, Fotovat adds.

Processing equipment that minimizes product waste

After all ingredients of the granola bars are mixed, the WRF 600 Flex roller former forms an exactly defined slab. The new WRW 600 Flex compression roller then precisely compresses the slab to the needed height and weight. The WRF two roller former-concept in combination with a cross flow tempering allows for an even mass slab and gentle product handling. Both, the WRF and WRW former operate with full flexibility in width and height and are designed to minimize or completely avoid any cutting off or 'trimming' of edges. The rolled out slab is pre-cooled, cut lengthwise, and fanned out, only to then be cut crosswise and cooled completely.

Efficient handling and flexible primary packaging

The granola bars then enter the Sigpack DGDE, a new distribution station that gently places the products in line. The electrical cabinet amongst others is now integrated into the layout itself, resulting in an increase in output per square meter. The intelligent Sigpack FIT product infeed with linear motor technology facilitates push-button format changes, as well as fast, non-contact and gentle product feeding. Next, the products are transported to the Sigpack HRM flow wrapper, which wraps 600 MadeGood® granola bars per minute. The application of Bosch’s patented, fully automated high performance splicing (HPS) unit to the flow wrapper enables seamless splicing, improves line efficiency by minimizing downtime and reduces product waste.

Secondary packaging for maximum pack style flexibility

The wrapped products continue on to the Sigpack TTM1 topload cartoner, which forms, loads and closes up to 100 cartons per minute. The patented changeover concept allows for maximum pack style flexibility. The cartons are then processed by the Elematic 1001 sideload case packer, which packs them into Regular Slotted Cases (RSC), also known as American cases. Both, the Sigpack TTM1 and the Elematic 1001 are ergonomic, robust and enable tool-less changeovers in just a few minutes. In the last step, a so-called Cobot - collaborative robot - handles palletizing.

Raising the bar in terms of flexibility

“Riverside currently packages three different formats for customers in over 30 countries. Consequently, quick changeover times are crucial in order to switch between the different formats with maximum efficiency and flexibility”, Haebig explains. Nima Fotovat adds: “Bosch excelled in terms of expertise and consulting throughout the planning process. Their team was very understanding and took all of our needs into consideration, which we appreciated as such a young and small enterprise. Now we are eager to start production on our new line and realize the benefits of our investment.”

To learn more about the Bosch bar packaging system and to witness live demonstrations, visit Bosch Packaging at PACK EXPO Las Vegas from September 25 to 27, 2017, Central Hall, booth 2800.

Contact:

Klaus Haebig,
phone: +41 58 674-6613

Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 6,300 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. It employs roughly 390,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2016). The company generated sales of 73.1 billion euros in 2016. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations 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.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 120 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 59,000 associates in research and development.

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