A reduction in film waste, fewer jams and superior product appearance are benefits claimed by Bosch Packaging Technology for its new inverted horizontal flow wrapper unveiled at last week’s Pack Expo trade show in the US.
The company said the Pack 301 IN machine has been designed for the packaging of soft products, mulitpacks and others that are difficult to handle using a traditional upright flow handling system.
"The design – with the film coming over the top of the infeed - means that products are placed on the film which reduces catch and transfer points,” Bosch Packaging Technology product manager Jon Otto told FoodproductionDaily.com from the show floor in Las Vegas.
The system is suitable for manufacturers of confectionery, bakery and snack products, he said.
The modular film backstand provides greater flexibility as it can be adjusted and placed in different positions relative to the infeed and wrapper.
“This allows users to optimize the film path while enhancing the package appearance, which results in minimal film waste and fewer rejects,” said a company statement.
The system can be integrated into a range of infeed systems - including flighted, lug-less, trough style and belt feeders.
Bosch said the adjustable finwheel assembly accommodates products of different heights – which enables shorter changeover times.
"Inverted machines are typically high-end products,“ said Otto. “However, 80% of the Pack 301 IN uses standard components. This means that lead in times are shorter and the system is more cost effectives. The design and the fact that parts are standard across a number of system could save users between 30-40%."
Other features include an open access design to speed up cleaning and cut downtime. Catch pans and deck plates are easily removable, while hinged guide rails facilitate ease of access for loading products and clearing jams.
Otto said the system was due to undergo field tests after Pack Expo.