Bosch presents innovations for the biscuit industry

Dual-lane high-performance system for single, pile and slug packs

  • World’s most flexible biscuit packaging system is now even more advanced
  • Gentle handling and maximum performance with minimal footprint
  • Industry 4.0 solutions increase productivity

Duesseldorf – Bosch is presenting a dual-lane version of the Two-in-One biscuit packing system at interpack 2017. The single-lane system was premiered at interpack 2014 and is already used by customers worldwide. The new high-performance system goes even further in terms of flexibility and speed: it is the first system to produce single, pile and slug packs on two independently operating lanes. Ground-breaking technology teams with robust design and harmonized processes to ensure a high level of overall equipment effectiveness. “The development of the Two-in-One biscuit packing system builds on our existing market success. Our compact system stands for maximum efficiency and productivity, from product distribution to the closed carton”, says Daniel Bossel, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

Intelligent solutions for maximum performance

The distribution station is the first of many innovations. The new Sigpack DHRG reliably forms up to 400 rows of round, oval or square-shaped biscuits per minute which can be fed in a sorted or unsorted way. This innovative solution ensures gentle and flexible handling of the product. Two lanes transport the biscuits flat to the new flow wrapper Sigpack HMAD’s dual sealing station, ensuring extremely gentle handling. The Sigpack HMAD stands out due to its high speed in heat or cold sealing. The heat sealing process reaches film speeds of up to 90 meters per minute and up to 150 meters per minute in the cold sealing process. This advanced system solution also enables fast and flexible format changes. The two lanes can package up to 2,400 biscuits per minute. Manufacturers can configure each lane to produce different packaging formats in varying batch sizes.

The Sigpack PMI infeed module is also new to our portfolio but will not be displayed at interpack. As the link between flow wrapper and cartoner, it merges the flow of products from two into one lane. Each product can be controlled and positioned individually thanks to linear motor technology. The technology is highly adaptable without using vacuum. The Sigpack TTM cartoner allows for quick, reproducible and tool-free format changes. A vertical restart only takes a few minutes to complete. With an output of up to 150 boxes per minute, the toploader guarantees high overall performance on compact footprint.

Easy to use and gentle handling of products

The system was designed with ease of use in mind. All the components are seamlessly integrated into the HMI user interface and follow standardized processes. The two lanes can be cleaned and adjusted independently of one another, meaning that production does not need to be halted at any time. The novel design of the product-conveyance system, which works without guide profiles and baffles, means the biscuits are subject to less mechanical pressure than in traditional solutions, thereby guaranteeing a high level of quality overall.

New industry 4.0 solutions increase efficiency, productivity and quality

The Industry 4.0 solutions from Bosch support the production process and increase productivity. The biscuit system can be fitted with the Line Dashboard, which gives operators a transparent system overview and detailed information of the complete system status, as well as an easy drilldown to single machines. The Line Dashboard is accessible from each connected HMI 4.0, tablet, Shopfloor Dashboard and PC in the network. Notifications, such as error alerts, can be sent to other HMIs and mobile devices in real-time. This enables operators to react quickly and initiate countermeasures, reducing walking distances and machine downtime. In addition, the Line Dashboard can be used to check individual machines or complete lines, including pre-defined reports and KPIs in real-time, for instance before a shift or operator change.

Visitors to interpack 2017 in Duesseldorf can experience the new Two-in-One biscuit packaging system live at the Bosch stand C58 in Hall 6.

Reader contact:
Daniel Bossel,
Tel.: +41 58 674-7311

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 410,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2018). The company generated sales of 78.5 billion euros in 2018. 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 460 subsidiary and regional companies in over 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At nearly 130 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 68,700 associates in research and development.

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