Bosch Packaging Technology to Crack Bag-in-Box at PACK EXPO 2019

Cracker packaging on Kliklok Interceptor and Kliklok MEC – with new Elematic 2001 in Virtual Reality

At PACK EXPO 2019, Bosch Packaging Technology will demonstrate its single source bag-in-box system expertise, which covers the entire line from bagmaker and settler to product handling, endload cartoner and case packer. Focusing on the bakery and cereal markets, two machines are on display to show efficient packaging of crackers: The product handling machine Kliklok Interceptor, which is designed to deposit bags directly onto its main conveyor by a bagmaker. The Midrange Endload Cartoner Kliklok MEC will be exhibited for the first time as a part of a bag-in-box line. The machine stands out for its future-proof sanitary design, tool-less changeover and easy operator access. The control package pocket rededication allows the cartoner to maintain optimum speed matched to processing capacity. In addition, Bosch will introduce the new Elematic 2001 case packer as a virtual reality demo.

Kliklok Interceptor: Direct-drop product timing and loading
The Kilklok Interceptor uses a rotor vane system to drop products on the product infeed conveyor flights of endload cartoners, such as the Kiklok MEC. It typically handles 4 oz (113g) or heavier bags of food, and stands out for its hygienic stainless-steel design, which is IP65 rated. The independent design and computer logic of the Interceptor supports electronic indexing, to fill each flight of the cartoner’s infeed conveyor. With the cartoner operating at matching speeds and higher efficiencies, manufacturers will have less wear and tear due to “over-running.” If one bagmaker is temporarily removed from operation, due to reduced product availability or maintenance needs, the remaining units can be electronically reassigned to maintain full efficiency in filling every flight of the cartoner. Simple operation controls enable “pocket rededication” without disturbing the system’s ongoing performance.

Kliklok MEC: Easy access, sanitary design and fast format changes
The Kliklok MEC is designed to handle a wide range of carton sizes, reaching from a ¾ inch-thick pizza to a 4-inch-tall cake. It packs up to 170 cartons per minute. “We have designed the Kliklok MEC to meet our customers’ needs for future-proof sanitary construction as well as ease of use and maintenance. It also stands out for its fast format changes and good access,” says Ms. Janet Darnley, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology.

The endload cartoner has full-length doors that allow walk-in access for easy changeovers and maintenance. Format changes are tool-less, easily repeatable, and can be completed by just one operator in ten to twelve minutes. With its open-channel stainless steel frame and angled surfaces, the machine complies with stringent sanitary standards. Moreover, the machine is IP65 washdown rated, which makes it easy to clean. An additional feature is the standard open flap detection to prevent opened or partially opened cartons from exiting the machine, which ensures high product quality.

A virtual walk into the world of Elematic case packers
Trade show visitors will have the opportunity to experience a virtual Elematic world of case packing. In a digital VR showroom, customers will be able to see and compare the new Elematic 2001, the Elematic 1001 SL and the Elematic 3001 compact. The VR demo will allow visitors to not only stand next to the machines, but also to walk right into them.

The case packer can handle a large selection of primary pack styles, such as flow wraps, cartons, cups and thermoforms. The new Elematic 2001 was developed specifically for products that are difficult to process, such as bags. “We use a special process that allows carton forming without any pressure on the product. This takes the strain of the products,” Mr. Bernhard Vaihinger, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology, explains. “With speeds of up to 40 cases per minute at an infeed rate of 600 products, it is one of the fastest and most flexible case packers on the market.” The Elematic is available in different versions for Wrap-Around, ledge trays and trays with inner and outer hood. Format changes are easy to perform, taking about six minutes.

Global customer services network
Bosch Packaging Technology also offers access to their comprehensive global network of customer services. This includes preventive maintenance at scheduled intervals to reduce unexpected downtime but also consulting services regarding spare parts management or software updates. The training academy provides hands-on training sessions to boost equipment effectiveness. Industry 4.0-based assistance solutions, e.g. VR-guided tutorials for fast format changes, round of the service portfolio.