Bosch takes the bis­cuit with new ‘slug to pile’ pack­ag­ing ma­chine

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Bosch Pack­ag­ing Tech­nol­ogy, a sup­plier of pro­cess­ing and pack­ag­ing ma­chin­ery, has launched its bis­cuit pack­ag­ing line.

It is the first ma­chine of its kind ca­pa­ble of fast slug to pile changeovers, and vice versa, with the same feed­ing com­po­nents. De­signed for max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity, the line also fea­tures the fastest prod­uct count changes cur­rently avail­able on the mar­ket

En­abling bis­cuit man­u­fac­tur­ers to meet dif­fer­ent global mar­ket re­quire­ments, the sys­tem is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing mul­ti­ple pack­ag­ing vari­a­tions, from smaller on-thego pack­ages to larger fam­ily packs.

From dis­tri­bu­tion through pri­mary to sec­ondary pack­ag­ing, the line is de­signed as a sin­gle seam­less sys­tem for max­imised over­all equip­ment ef­fec­tive­ness (OEE). To create the line, Bosch drew from its more than 60 years of bis­cuit pack­ag­ing ex­per­tise.

“With con­sumer needs con­stantly chang­ing, bis­cuit man­u­fac­tur­ers need a sin­gle pack­ag­ing sys­tem de­signed for high flex­i­bil­ity from pri­mary through end-of-line pack­ag­ing,” said Daniel Bos­sel, prod­uct man­ager at Bosch.

“As the first com­plete sys­tem ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing slug and pile packs on the same line, it is truly two-in-one and al­lows man­u­fac­tur­ers to meet cur­rent and fu­ture mar­ket needs. It’s a best-in-class pack­ag­ing so­lu­tion that will take man­u­fac­tur­ers to the peak of pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

The bis­cuit pack­ag­ing line fea­tures state-of-the-art prod­uct han­dling tech­nol­ogy, hor­i­zon­tal f low wrap­ping and sec­ondary pack­ag­ing equip­ment. By us­ing the same feed­ing com­po­nents, fully re­pro­ducible changeovers be­tween both pile and slug packs can be com­pleted in less than three min­utes without chang­ing parts

In ad­di­tion, count changes, for ex­am­ple, from 14 to eight bis­cuits per slug or from two-by-two to two-by-four piles, can be re­alised in less than one minute. This al­lows man­u­fac­tur­ers to quickly run spe­cial pro­mo­tions with max­i­mum up­time.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the line is ca­pa­ble of han­dling dif­fer­ent bis­cuit types and shapes. By achiev­ing high pro­duc­tiv­ity from the short changeover times, the line of­fers fast re­turn on in­vest­ment (ROI)

Com­ple­ment­ing pri­mary pack­ag­ing, the bis­cuit line is de­signed for ver­sa­tile case pack­ing, which can be ad­justed quickly and eas­ily to the re­quired for­mat and prod­uct con­fig­u­ra­tion with ver­ti­cal start-up.

The case packer is able to run at high feed­ing rate and prod­ucts can be sup­plied f lat or on edge. Prod­ucts can be pack­aged into RSC or HSC cases (reg­u­lar and half slot­ted con­tain­ers) with re­tail­ready func­tion­al­ity.

Var­i­ous 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, which re­sults in a highly com­pact ma­chine de­sign.

Thanks to the fully flex­i­ble feed­ing wheel, the sys­tem can ac­com­mo­date var­i­ous fac­tory lay­outs by po­si­tion­ing the case packer in­line, at a 90-de­gree an­gle, or also in dif­fer­ent an­gles.

From dis­tri­bu­tion to sec­ondary pack­ag­ing, the en­tire line has been holis­ti­cally de­signed as one seam­less sys­tem.

To fa­cil­i­tate high OEE, the speed of all line com­po­nents is bal­anced to elim­i­nate bot­tle­necks, min­imise down­time and op­ti­mise pro­duc­tion flow.

It is de­signed with the op­er­a­tor in mind, with the same look and feel across the en­tire line, in­clud­ing one hu­man ma­chine in­ter­face (HMI) and stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures. This in­te­grated de­sign con­cept makes op­er­a­tion of the en­tire sys­tem as sim­ple as op­er­at­ing a sin­gle ma­chine, which re­duces the risk of op­er­at­ing er­rors and max­imises up­time.

As one sys­tem ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing both pile and slug packs, the en­tire bis­cuit pack­ag­ing line oc­cu­pies a smaller foot­print than two sep­a­rate con­ven­tional ma­chines for both for­mats. This al­lows man­u­fac­tur­ers to save on pro­duc­tion costs through re­duced main­te­nance and man-hours.

Meet­ing all in­dus­try seal­ing re­quire­ments, the bis­cuit line helps pro­tect prod­uct in­tegrity and en­sures that con­sumers en­joy the same level of qual­ity ev­ery time. The in­no­va­tive dou­ble in­feed bal­ances prod­uct flow and fa­cil­i­tates gen­tle guid­ing to the high speed flow wrap­per fea­tur­ing new am­pli­fied heat seal tech­nol­ogy.

This new seal­ing process runs at film speeds up to 80 me­tres a minute for slug and pile packs – nearly dou­ble the film speed of ex­ist­ing tech­nol­ogy. Ad­di­tional flow wrap­per op­tions like Mod­i­fied At­mos­phere Pack­ag­ing (MAP), as well as the No Gap/No Seal (NG/NS) func­tion and gus­set fold­ing en­sure that all mar­ket needs are ful­filled.

De­signed for sim­pli­fied clean­ing, the bis­cuit line of­fers high vis­i­bil­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity for ar­eas re­quir­ing san­i­ta­tion, as well as belts that are sim­ple to clean and re­place.

Gen­tle prod­uct han­dling tech­nol­ogy de­creases prod­uct breakage, waste and clean up, re­sult­ing in high OEE. The sys­tem also fea­tures three-di­men­sional prod­uct in­spec­tion tech­nol­ogy to re­ject bro­ken bis­cuits. This pre­vents crumbs from ac­cu­mu­lat­ing through­out the sys­tem, which al­lows a con­tin­u­ous prod­uct f low and max­imised pro­duc­tion up­time.

Pack them any way you like with a Bosch slug and pile pack­ing ma­chine.

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