Vertical Form, Fill & Seal Machine produces 4 pouch formats.

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With 6 m² footprint, SurePOUCH clean-fill machine series (SPC) roll-fed vertical form, fill, and seal (VFFS) machines can produce 4 different pouch formats. EZPouch, EZGable, and EZSquare pouches, with filling volumes from 100 mm to 5 L, offer flexible applications for retail. For food service, EZPillow pouches hold up to 20 L. Machine works with viscous liquids up to 25,000 cps as well as particulates up to 25 mm dia while protecting particulate integrity.



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Anuga FoodTec 2012 Bosch Launches SurePOUCH Pack Styles



Reclosable and Flexible Packages

Wide range of applications from retail to food service
All formats are produced with the same machine
Hygiene levels up to ultra clean-fill
Weight reduction and better volume utilization

At the 2012 Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany, Bosch Packaging Technology presents SurePOUCH - reclosable, flexible pouches with a wide range of applications from retail to food service. The packs are filled on the new SurePOUCH clean-fill machine series (SPC), roll-fed vertical form, fill and seal (VFFS) machines with a small footprint of six square meters. The pouch formats "Retail" for retail sales and "Food Service" range in filling volume sizes from 100 milliliters to five liters.

The SPC can produce four different pouch formats. The formats EZPouch, EZGable and EZSquare, with filling volumes from 100 milliliters to five liters, offer flexible applications for retail. For food service, the EZPillow can hold up to 20 liters, allowing for easy and quick refilling. All formats are produced, filled and sealed with the same machine. This enhances flexibility for the manufacturer since it allows the user to expand the product portfolio without fundamentally converting the production line.

Clean-filled applications for the SurePOUCH include non-carbonated beverages and water, dairy products, concentrates, soups, sauces and dressings. The SurePOUCH system is capable of filling viscous liquids up to 25,000 centipoises as well as particulates up to 25 millimeters in diameter while protecting particulate integrity. The machine can also handle dry bulk goods, such as flakes, powders, rice or coffee.

The new vertical form, fill and seal machine is capable of filling a variety of products, achieving hygiene standards up to ultra clean-fill. SurePOUCH packs are also fitted with reclosable spouts, which are ultrasonically welded to the exterior of the pouch and can be positioned in various locations. They provide an enhanced hygienic feature as the product is filled directly into the pouch and not through the spout. The closure only comes in contact with the product when the consumer opens the package. The spouts are available in sizes of 10, 20 and 30 millimeters. Bosch also provides customized options for food service. Alternatively, drinking straws or simple tear-notches can be added to the SurePOUCH pack styles. For the food service sector, adjusting extra handles to the upper seam simplifies lifting and dosing when pouring.

In addition to the SPC machine, Bosch supplies both the spouts and the lightweight film or laminate structures for the SurePOUCH packs, guaranteeing seal and package integrity while ensuring easy handling, storage and dispensing of products. Due to its stable design, the package still stands-up once vacant. Made from flexible materials, it allows high evacuation rates for increased utility as well as collapsibility for efficient disposal. Compared to cartons, metal containers and cans, SurePOUCH packs are created with thinner gauge and lighter plastic materials, resulting in significant cost and energy savings throughout manufacturing and transportation. In comparison to alternative packaging concepts, SurePOUCH results in weight reduction of up to 80 percent. The new flexible pack style also helps to lower the product-to-package weight ratio compared to rigid alternatives.

"The SurePOUCH pack styles and SPC machine are the result of Bosch's latest application of its filling equipment expertise," stated Blair Vance, Product Management, Bosch Packaging Technology. He added: "Manufacturers now have the technology to create innovative package styles and quickly adapt to changing economic, market and regulatory demands with packages that stand-out on store shelves and are very functional and convenient."

The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the leading suppliers in the field of processing and packaging technology. In more than 15 countries worldwide it develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceutical, food and confectionery industries. The comprehensive service portfolio completes the package. The worldwide sales and service network offers local contacts. More information at www.boschpackaging.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.4 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 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 more than 4 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "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.

Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com

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