Packaging System handles biscuits and crackers in slug packs.

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Consisting of loader, transfer unit, feeder, and Pack 301 LS horizontal flow wrapper, Biscuit on Edge Packaging System ensures gentle product handling for delicate and brittle biscuit-type products. It is capable of packaging rectangular, square, and round products, as well as sandwich biscuits. Operated by single HMI, system enables operators to monitor all process functions precisely. Modular design can be accessed from all sides for smooth operation, easy cleaning, and low maintenance effort.

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Bosch at IBIE and PACK EXPO International 2016 Biscuit on Edge Packaging System Debuts in North America

Designed for flexible packaging and high product quality

  • Innovative full-servo product transfer for gentle handling

  • Easy access, cleaning and maintenance

  • Suitable for a wide range of product shapes and slug lengths

New Richmond, WI, – At the International Baking Industry Exposition (IBIE) and PACK EXPO International 2016, Bosch Packaging Technology will debut its biscuit on edge packaging system, now available in the U.S., for the efficient and flexible packaging of biscuits and crackers in slug packs. The modular system consists of a loader, a transfer unit, a feeder and the Pack 301 LS (Length Slug) horizontal flow wrapper. The Pack 301 LS has been developed as an addition to the Pack Series of horizontal flow wrappers, which range from entry level, hand-fed machines to fully automated solutions. It is designed to help manufacturers meet the increasing market demand for biscuit wrapping together with premium product quality.

“Due to the strong industry demand for flow wrapped biscuits on edge, Bosch offers a system that enables biscuit producers to get ahead of the competition and enhance flexibility,” says Paul Jenks, director of sales and marketing at Bosch Packaging Technology, Inc. “The highly versatile system allows for fast changeovers and easy maintenance to help manufacturers increase adaptability and increase their competitive advantage.”

At PACK EXPO International 2016, the biscuit system will be exhibited in combination with vibratory channels, the new Paloma D3 robotic feedplacer as well as the Enterprise endload cartoner, supplied by Kliklok-Woodman, which belongs to Bosch Packaging Technology.

Innovative features for reliable product handling

The system, including a Smart Measuring Loader for slug portioning, has been designed specifically to ensure gentle product handling for delicate and brittle biscuit-type products – even at higher speeds. Transfer points from the loader to the cross chain, from the cross chain to the infeed chain and further into the film tube generally pose the greatest risk for product damage and breakage. Due to the full-servo execution, the Smart Measuring Loader allows for smooth placement of the portioned biscuits into the cross chain. The Smart Transfer Unit features pre-acceleration for optimal synchronization with the infeed chain. It therefore eliminates impact on the product when bringing it from the cross chain into the machine infeed, ensuring gentle, reliable handling. To keep the biscuits in an upright position while being transported into the film tube the biscuit portion is supported by a counter holding pin. The position where the counter holding pin comes up can be easily modified by the operator via an adjusting knob. Between the folding box and the cross-sealing station the slug is guided carefully by side belts or chains towards the cross-sealing station. Depending on the product characteristics, operators can easily exchange side belts with side chains and vice versa for enhanced flexibility and optimal support. All of these innovative features ensure that products are kept under control during the complete packaging process. Additionally, the narrow design of the cutting head improves sealing performance and creates tight seals.

Total Productive Maintenance

Designed for ease of operation and with the concept of Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) in mind, the system has been laid out to be accessed from all sides for smooth operation, fast and easy cleaning, and low maintenance effort. The cross chain features a spring loaded chain tensioner with visual feedback, allowing the operator to easily check whether there is optimal chain tension or it should be adjusted. Machine parts in contact with the product are made of stainless steel, meeting today’s hygienic standards. The open design allows crumbs and rejected products to fall through or be removed easily. All of these features add to operator friendliness and boost machine uptime and availability.

Designed for maximized effectiveness

All aspects of the biscuit packaging system are designed to minimize downtime and enable stable output at high production speeds. To increase effectiveness, the complete biscuit feeding and packaging solution is operated by a single Human Machine Interface (HMI), enabling operators to monitor all process functions precisely. In addition, it allows quick format changes and thus enhances production flexibility. Whenever a product is missing, the machine and the infeed stop to avoid empty packages. Thanks to optimized interfaces, the integrated system can be provided with all required upstream equipment including vibratory channels, offering a complete solution from a single supplier.

Flexibility for product shapes and layout configurations

Developed to address current and future market requirements, the system is capable of packaging rectangular, square and round products, as well as sandwich biscuits. Depending on the manufacturer’s requirements, the solution can be equipped with up to ten vibratory channels. The modular design allows for scalable solutions and layout flexibility, enabling manufacturers to easily expand their production capacity.

To learn more, visit Bosch at IBIE, Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 8 to 11, 2016 at booth #10305 and at PACK EXPO International, Chicago, Illinois, from November 6 to 9, 2016, South Hall, booth S-3514, co-located with Pharma EXPO.


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