As the integration of Sigpack into the new Bosch Packaging Technology business continues, the group is preparing to show new machinery at Interpack in April, including baggers for twin-lane operation and for reclosable Doy-style pouches.
Among equipment shown for the first time will be the SVE 1800 MR vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) machine, said to be the first two-lane continuous-motion system to produce such a range of pack styles. Options include standard pillow packs, gusseted and block-bottom bags.
Managing speeds of 240 standard bags a minute, or 160 block-bottom bags, the machine raises output by at least 30% when compared with intermittent-motion alternatives, says worldwide product manager Pierre Hamelink. As well as saving space by having one machine rather than two, end users benefit by needing only one weigher, he adds.
Other firsts for the show include a machine to produce the more stable corner-sealed stand-up bags and the SVE 2510 DR which, apart from the range of pack styles achievable with the 1800 MR, can produce Doy-style stand-up packs. New for this type of pack on the 2510 DR is a reclose feature. Also demonstrated will be the the GSH 5032 B casepacker, which offers space-efficient packing of Doy-style pouches for transit.
At the show Bosch will also report on progress with the integration of the Sigpack business. Bosch is currently said to be consolidating its UK operations, including Sigpack, around the former SIG site in Derby.
The Interpack show runs from April 21 to 27 in Dusseldorf, Germany.