| - Long dwell technology guarantees consistent seal time independent of machine speed|
- Air-tight end seals prolong product shelf life
- Direct film transfer gently transports product
CHICAGO - Bosch Packaging Technology introduces its Pack 301 Inverted Long Dwell (ID) flow wrapper for the North American market at PACK EXPO Chicago in October. The Pack 301 ID is the latest addition to Bosch’s Pack series of horizontal form fill seal (HFFS) machines. It combines two proven technologies - inverted and long dwell flow wrappers - in one machine to provide gentle product handling and hermetically sealed seams. The inverted long dwell wrapper features a consistent seal time independent of the machine’s product flow. It guarantees an air-tight seal even during ramp up and ramp down periods, for extended product shelf life and less waste.
The Pack 301 ID is particularly ideal for packaging fresh produce, soft products, pharmaceuticals, multi-packs, meat and dairy, as well as other products that are difficult to handle using a traditional upright flow wrapper or require Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP). Long dwell sealing times of up to one-second ensure that packages are hermetically sealed. By allowing independent control of the processing temperature on both the top and bottom sealing jaws, the Pack 301 ID accommodates thicker films, which further ensures seal quality.
“Manufacturers are always searching for packaging solutions that offer superior performance while ensuring safe handling of product,” said Craig Collett, product line director, Bosch Packaging Technology. “For products that are difficult to handle, the Pack 301 ID solves both challenges, and its independent, consistent seal time guarantees a hermetic seal, giving manufacturers a production advantage.”
The machine’s inverted flow-wrapping technology gently transports the product directly onto the film from the former through the cutting head, greatly reducing jams and ensuring a superior package appearance. The Pack 301 ID features a modular film backstand that can be located in various positions relative to the infeed and wrapper, allowing manufacturers to optimize the film path and reduce film waste. Additionally, the Pack 301 ID has the flexibility to adapt to specific applications, such as products that are loose in the infeed flight and require a stronger seal level. It can also be used with both automated and manual systems to meet manufacturers’ diverse needs. The machine can integrate with a variety of infeeds such as flighted, lug-less, trough style and belt feeders, and is adjustable to floor plan constraints.
With its design based on Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), the Pack 301 ID assures simplified maintenance and maximum uptime. The machine has been reduced to comprise a minimum number of parts, making it highly operator-friendly. Additionally, the Pack 301 ID features an open access design for quick cleaning and reduced downtime. Operators can change and clean knives without tools, and simply exchange the transport belt at the cutting head for quick cleaning. Easy jaw alignment further simplifies format changes and crimper cleaning. Hinged guide rails allow easy access for loading the product and clearing any jams.
PACK EXPO Chicago, held October 28-31, is one of the most important processing and packaging shows of the industry in North America. More than 1,800 companies present their latest innovations to an international audience coming from more than 75 countries worldwide. Bosch will showcase its products and services at booth S-2212.
About Bosch Packaging Technology
Based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, Germany, and employing 4,700 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. Additional information is available online at www.boschpackaging.com.
The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros or $71.7 billion in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 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 some 4.2 billion euros or $5.8 billion 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.
In the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the Bosch Group manufactures and markets automotive original equipment and aftermarket products, industrial drives and control technology, power tools, security and communication systems, packaging technology, thermotechnology, household appliances, solar energy, healthcare telemedicine and software solutions. Having established a regional presence in 1906, Bosch employs over 23,000 associates in more than 100 locations, with sales of $9.8 billion in fiscal year 2011. For more information, visit www.boschusa.com.
Further information is available online at www.bosch.com and www.bosch-press.com.
New Pack 301 ID Flow Wrapper - October 2012