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Bosch launches fully-automated horizontal flow wrapper


March 18, 2019
By Bakers Journal
Image courtesy of Bosch

Bosch Packaging Technology has launched the first machine of its next generation of flow wrappers on the European and Asian markets – the Pack 403.


As the successor of the Pack 401, the Pack 403 is a fully automated horizontal flow wrapper for medium to high speed wrapping. The narrow machine is ideal for wrapping bars and biscuits, as well as chocolate, cookies and crackers.

It features a removable discharge belt, upgrades to the cross-seal and fin seal units, and a highly intuitive, user-centred design. “Our new Pack 403 offers mid- to large-sized manufacturers a fully-automated packaging solution that is exceptionally easy to operate, clean and maintain. This minimizes downtime and increases Overall Equipment Effectiveness,” says Fransien de Ruijter, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology in Schiedam, Netherlands.

This machine is designed to produce up to 800 packages per minute at a film speed of 90 meter. Supported pack styles include pillow, gusseted and easy-to-open packs.

To make this device more user-friendly, clear signage, instructive decals were some of the newer features.  The 403 also features scales on each component facilitate changeovers between products and minimize waste and downtime caused by “trial-and-error” adjustments. The cantilevered discharge belt is one of the Pack 403’s key features: being removable, it is exceptionally easy to clean. Its detection function rejects faulty packages and automatically ejects them using compressed air. For even more user-friendliness, the film tower has an easy-to-adjust pivot arm and sequentially numbered film rollers for easy film threading have been added.

The Pack 403 also comprises an automatic film splicer with clear instructions to secure fast and smooth film changes without having to stop the machine.

The upgraded design not only offers a high level of quality, performance and reliability, but also provides access to global comprehensive customer services, e.g. the regional service hub in Thailand.

Bosch is exhibiting the Pack 403 at ProPak Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, June 12 to 15, 2019 and at FachPack in Nuremberg, Germany, September 24 to 26, 2019.