Product manager Dragan Dragojlovic laid out a familiar argument for robotics: "With food packaging, you don't know if the product you're packing today will still exist in six months time. You need those flexible features, which allow you to adapt."
But systems had evolved in a number of ways, he added. "The capital cost of robotic systems has fallen by between 30% and 50% depending on applications." This had led to a 'democratisation' of the marketplace.
Software has also evolved. In the case of the Paloma D2, this includes an ability to simulate specific line applications and visualise them on a 3D screen. Bosch claims to lead the market in this type of simulation.
Other software changes have made the system easier to manipulate by non-specialist staff, while the level of expertise required for maintenance is also lower, said Dragojlovic.
Bosch said it has sold around 20 Paloma D2 systems worldwide, none as yet in the UK.