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Bosch talks up integrated packing system after German snacks tie-up

By Kacey Culliney , 23-Jul-2012

Bosch Packaging Technology claims its integrated packaging system bags Lorenz's fragile nut snack brand NicNac's efficiently and without damage to the product.

Lorenz is using two Bosch machines; a SVE 2510 AT Twin version for primary packaging and the Elematic 3000 S for secondary packaging.

Together they pack the firm’s nut snack NicNac’s in pillow and block-bottom bags.

Bernhard Vaihinger, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology, said the machines are efficient with high output while ensuring the fragile snacks are not damaged.

“High-speed collation can stress a product…But this machine (primary packaging) has a twin in-feed system which means it’s running on two low-speed systems to collate the bags therefore it protects the nuts,” Vaihinger told BakeryandSnacks.com.

“This machine is very compact in design, with a high-speed output but gentle handling,” he said.

This is important for manufacturers but additionally they need to be able to achieve all this on a small footprint, which the Bosch machines ensure, he added.

“Thanks to this ‘slim’ machine concept, the SVE is an ideal solution for economic, low-cost production and its open and compact design also allows for easy operation and maintenance,” Bosch said.

The machines are ideally suited to snacks and confectionery firms working with fragile food stuffs, Vaihinger detailed.

Primary and secondary packaging

The primary packaging machine produces 100 block-bottom bags per minute with filling levels of 125 grams. It also enables the production of 60 XXL pillow bags per minute with a filling level of 250 grams.

This flexibility to run on different sizes and formats is a key selling point, Vaihinger said.

For a snacks firm like Lorenz, secondary packaging for transportation is equally important to ensure that the products are not damaged.

Bosch’s Elematic 3000 packages the bags standing upright with a ‘protective hood’ for full protection of the goods during transport, the product manager said.

Catching the consumer eye

“The quality of the pack is important; how it looks and its differentiation,” he said.

In the burgeoning snacks arena, firms are looking to entice consumers and Lorenz is bagging its NicNac’s in two forms – pillow and block bottom – the latter enables it to stand upright on the shelf.

Vaihinger said this standing orientation means that consumers are looking straight at the front of the pack, which holds appeal; “it is shelf-ready”, he said.

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