Case packaging with enhanced flexibility
Bosch Packaging Technology has developed a modular collation platform for its Elematic case packing series – meaning that chocolate, biscuits and other foods can now be case-packed with even more flexibility.
The new platform consists of standardised assembly groups for the infeed and accelerator belt, collation chain and product transfer, which can be configured as required. Products can be fed horizontally, vertically, in line or at a 90-degree angle.
Bernhard Vaihinger, head of product management, innovation and technology at Bosch, says: "The growing product variety on the manufacturer side requires increasingly flexible packaging solutions. With the new modular collation platform, our case packers will be able to offer even more flexibility. In future, the platform will be available for the entire Elematic series – from the wrap-around case packer and side load case packers for pre-glued blanks, right through to the top loaders."
The Elematic 3001 case packer packs products into full wrap-around, into a tray or into two-part shelf-ready display cases. Different pack styles can be grouped, such as folding cartons, flow wraps, stand-up pouches, doy packs, cans or tablets. Standardised assembly groups enable different infeed scenarios for various pack styles. Series technology allows for quick and easy setup, and replaces the need for customised developments of special solutions. Customers benefit from proven technology and fast throughput times.
The ‘Elematic click system’ is designed to enable easy, reproducible and completely tool-less changeovers on the Elematic 3001. It indicates acoustically to the operator when parts successfully lock into place. This eliminates the need for fine adjustments and removes the risk of errors when reading from scales, while also reducing scheduled downtimes. Format changeovers can be performed in just eight minutes (depending on the grouping pattern).
The Elematic 3001 case packer is characterised by its ergonomic design with a low blank magazine. The granulate for the hot melt system can be safely refilled from the outside and the machinery has an open and easy-access framework, allowing for good visibility of packaging processes and increasing ease of use.
– The Elematic 3001 case packer with the new modular collation platform will be presented for the first time at FachPack 2016.