OREANDA-NEWS. February 11, 2016. At Propak Africa 2016 Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of processing and packaging equipment, will highlight its horizontal packaging solutions for the efficient packaging of biscuits, chocolate, bars, candies and other confectionery treats. This year, Bosch will focus on entry-level and mid-range automation solutions for its customers in the Southern African countries. This enables producers with small to medium production volumes to tap into automation or increase their productivity with a range of innovative horizontal flow wrappers. Bosch's complete line solutions are available from the company's office in South Africa, meaning that local producers also benefit unrivalled service, support and on-site training.

“Our portfolio of horizontal packaging solutions range from entry-level through to high-end automation making Bosch the ideal partner whether your brand is testing a new market, or requires high-volume production lines. Our solutions are designed to complement your business growth, equipping you with the technology to elevate your offering,” said Steffen Manke, general manager, Bosch Packaging Technology South Africa. “All of our product offerings benefit from our renowned global knowledge sharing with our experts based right here in South Africa and all over the world.”

Highly versatile flow wrapper for multiple applications
Bosch offers its Southern African customers the Pack Series horizontal flow wrappers ranging from entry-level models to fully automated solutions.
The Pack 201 for mid-range automation is an easy-to-maintain machine designed to handle delicate products such as bakery goods, candy bars, wafers, biscuits and non-food products – also in trays. Easy adjustable folding boxes allow for fast format changes for various product sizes, enabling maximum machine efficiency and improved package quality.
The newly introduced Pack 101 is an entry-level solution that offers the widest product size range currently available for wrappers in its class, with quick and easy setup and changeovers for increased operational efficiency. Flexibility is enhanced with the fully adjustable former and multiple cutting head sizes. It permits a wide range of products to be packaged on a single machine, reducing the need for future investments and giving manufacturers the agility to quickly adapt to changing market demands.

Reliable, high-speed miniwraps for candy
During the show, Bosch will exhibit the BVK 2000 A – the cost-effective horizontal flow wrapper for the high-quality packing of standard candy products and chewing gums. The machine is able to wrap one or several candies in a single pack, enhancing product variety in the market. Its feeding disc is specifically designed for gentle product handling – even at high operating speeds of up to 2,000 products per minute. The integrated automatic splicing makes film reel changes at full production speeds possible, increasing uptime. The user friendly color touch panel enables easy operation, saving time on training and reducing downtime.

Bosch's Miniwrap BVK 2000 A displays power consumption levels of up to 50 percent less than comparable machines on the market. The patented cross sealing unit guarantees the best sealing seams for high-quality packs, ideal for the region's challenging climate.

Flexible and high-quality packaging of biscuits on edge
Bosch also offers its new Pack 301 LS (Length Slug) horizontal flow wrapper for the efficient and flexible packaging of biscuits and crackers on edge. The mid-range automation solution is comprised of a Smart Measuring Loader, a Smart Slug Feeder and the Pack 301 LS horizontal flow wrapper. With innovative features for gentle product handling, as well as fast and simple changeovers, all components have been developed with a holistic approach, high reliability and robustness in mind. Depending on the product characteristics, operators can easily exchange side belts with side chains and vice versa for enhanced flexibility and optimal support of the slugs in the feeding chain. Developed to address the challenges of today and tomorrow, the Pack 301 LS solution is capable of packaging rectangular, square and round products, as well as sandwich biscuits. Depending on the manufacturer's requirements, the loader can be equipped with up to ten vibratory channels for maximum infeed capacity, resulting in high productivity. Its modular design allows for scalable solutions and layout flexibility, enabling manufacturers to expand their production capacity or increase the level of automation.

Committed to service
Bosch experts will be on hand throughout the show to explain the company's full portfolio. The team will also be available to discuss its after-sales services offerings ranging from standard services to complete service packages, which provides the Southern African markets with on-the-ground Bosch support.

To learn more about the full range of horizontal packaging solutions, visit Bosch at Propak Africa in the Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg, South Africa, from March 15 to 18 in hall 6, booth 6F6.

Bosch in Africa
Bosch has been present in Africa since 1906. Today, the company is active on the continent with all four of its business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The focus of the company's activities is currently South Africa, where there are two manufacturing sites, in Brits and Midrand. They primarily manufacture automotive components and assemble packaging machinery. Bosch has increased its presence in Africa considerably in the past years and is currently represented in ten African countries: Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tunisia. Bosch generated total sales of around 350 million euros in Africa in 2014 and currently employs some 800 associates on the continent.