Press Release Summary:
Designed as product infeed unit for horizontal flow wrappers, Intelligent Transport System (ITS) balances out product flow irregularities, creates defined spaces, and synchronizes product and film speeds. This ensures careful product transport of sensitive and non-accumulable food and confectionery products. Able to achieve max output of 1,400 products/min, compact and modular system accommodates new formats via button actuation and without requiring changeover time.
Original Press Release:
Interpack 2011 Bosch's New Intelligent Transport System for a Wide Range of Applications
Flexible processing of non-accumulable products
At Interpack 2011, in Düsseldorf, Bosch introduces its Intelligent Transport System (ITS), a product infeed unit for horizontal flow wrappers. ITS balances out product flow irregularities, creates defined spaces and synchronizes product and film speeds. The system ensures careful product transport of sensitive and non-accumulable food and confectionery products. As a result of its small deflection radius, the ITS can transfer products directly to the packaging material of the horizontal flow wrapper. Despite its compact design, it achieves output levels of up to 1,400 products per minute. New formats can be introduced at the push of a button and without changeover time.
ITS is a mechatronic system powered by linear motors, in which over 30 rotors are moved independently and wear-free. A programmable logic controller (PLC) monitors and permanently regulates each rotor. In order to meet high demands with regards to precision and dynamics, an ethernet-based, real-time bus system is used. This enables ITS to reach speeds of over three meters per second. An absolute multi-positional detection system ensures that the exact position of each rotor can be determined at all times - a reference run is not required.
Due to its modular design, the Intelligent Transport System allows easy integration into Bosch packaging lines and offers a wide range of applications.
At Interpack 2011, Bosch presents two applications of the Intelligent Transport System. On the Bosch stand, in Hall 6 at booth B09-C58, it can be seen together with the Sigpack HCUR horizontal flow wrapper with ultrasonic sealing, as well as in combination with the Miniwrap BVK 2000, a horizontal flow wrapper for small-sized products. In both cases, the ITS provides the individual product infeed to the packaging machine.
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The Packaging Technology division of Bosch, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of packaging technology. In 16 countries worldwide, it develops and produces complete systems in packaging and process technology for the pharmaceutical, confectionery and food industries. Customized system solutions complete the service package. Bosch Packaging Technology's sales and service teams operate worldwide. More information at www.boschpackaging.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, some 283,500 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 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. Bosch spent some four billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust.The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.
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