Bosch is currently looking for six young people from across the globe to take part in the Bosch World Experience. Bosch will be sending participants on a 16-day trip around the world to visit well-known projects that Bosch is involved in. Destinations on this summer’s trip will include London, Panama City, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Singapore. Applications will be accepted between April 7 and May 16, 2014 at http://www.experience-bosch.us.

Bosch is more than you think
Six women and men will be travelling to three continents to discover the ways in which Bosch leaves its mark on the world with technologies that are “Invented for life.” “Many people are only familiar with a fraction of the solutions that Bosch offers to improve the quality of life and spark people’s enthusiasm. Bosch World Experience will offer its international participants an exclusive look behind the scenes of six major projects in which Bosch is involved, including in areas where one might not expect to find us,” says Karoline Hagen, a Bosch marketing manager, in describing the aim of the trip. Participants will learn, for instance, how container ships will soon be lowered and lifted a total of 26 meters in the Panama Canal’s new locks, which are equipped with Bosch Rexroth hydraulics. Each of the stops on the trip will include a full program of complementary activities. In London, for instance, Bosch World Experience participants will take part in a blogger workshop. And in San Francisco, they will take a tour of the city on e-bikes.

Involving the online community via social media
Participants will report on their experiences with posts, pictures, and videos on their social media channels. The online community can interact with participants via these channels, and thus also take part in the Bosch World Experience. Contributions will then be summarized in a blogumentary on a special website.
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Participants should have an affinity for social media and a sense of curiosity
Applications will be accepted starting April 7, 2014, at http://www.experience-bosch.us. Applicants must first register, answer questions on each of the destinations, and provide their personal details. They should have an affinity for social media and a sense of curiosity. Following the application phase, six participants from around the world will be chosen.

This is the first article in a series of blog articles intended to educate users new to flow wrapping as well as to help experienced users looking for a quick reference.   It covers the basic operational principles of horizontal flow wrapping. These principles are the same for every horizontal flow wrapper, often referred to as horizontal form fill and seal (HFFS) machines.

Every wrapper has an infeed conveyor, a film feed assembly (backstand), a film forming area (former), bottom seal (finseal), a cutting head and a discharge area. Food and non-food products created by processing equipment, are placed on the infeed conveyor of the flow wrapper. This can be done by hand feeding or by using an automated feeding solution. As the infeed conveyor delivers product to the forming area, film is drawn from the film feed assembly into the forming area, where a film tube is formed around the product and a finseal is created. The film tube and the product are then delivered to the cutting head. The cutting head creates the end seals while it cuts apart adjoining wrapped products into individual packages, and delivers the packages to the discharge area. From the discharge area, the packages can be either cartoned at a packing station or accumulated for packing at a later time.

Flow Wrapper Principle

 

More details on the basic principles of horizontal flow wrapping can be found in Bosch’s Guide to Flow Wrapping.  Download your copy today under the “Links and Downloads” section on the Pack 101 flow wrapper webpage on the Bosch Packaging website. This guide contains other sections to assist users in initially setting up their wrapper, film selection, changing over to new products, or solving problems common in flow wrapper operation.

candy

The history of candy dates back to ancient times.  As candy production evolved, Bosch became an expert in manufacturing candy processing machines.  In the 1960s, hard candy production grew to be a Bosch specialty.  With many key variables in hard candy production, the forming die is fundamental.  Bosch’s forming die heads are smooth-running, low-wear, high-speed dies.  Our forming dies are very versatile and are compatible with all types of hard candy production equipment.

Bosch Packaging Services offers candy-die consulting services to ensure optimal die selection for your candy mass.  For new candy formats, send in your sample and we can supply you with a 3D graphic design and prototype.  We offer many solutions available in virtually all shapes, sizes and consistencies as well as fill or no-fill options.

Take a look at the Confectionery Forming Dies for Hard Candy Production brochure attached.

For questions or inquiries, contact us.

Following Errors are one of the most commonly reported errors. Several weeks ago, we published a blog post pertaining specifically to Troubleshooting Following Errors on Stratus Wrappers. While this topic was very well received and helpful for those of you with Stratus wrappers, what about those of you with Linium wrappers? This week, we will provide a few simple steps to Linium (PC-104) Open Loop Diagnostics.

As discussed previously, a Following Error is generated by the machine motion controller triggering incorrect feedback from the motor to the computer.

The Open Loop diagnostic allows maintenance personnel to select a motor, enter a voltage (velocity) and run the motor (enable). Once the desired motor is selected, the velocity is set, and the enable is set to yes, pull out the emergency stop button. Press and hold in the start button. The selected motor will run in an open loop mode as long as the start button is held in.

Access the “Diagnostic Open Loop” screen to display information helpful to diagnose motors and encoders.

Note: The Emergency Stop button must be pressed in before entering this diagnostic for the function to work.

Linium Open Loop Diagnostic Image

The diagnostic screen displays the following information:

Motor: Turn the Press-To-Accept knob to select the desired servo motor drive (infeed, finwheels, or cutting head; power feed roll and discharge motors are not servo motors and cannot be tested with this diagnostic).

Velocity: Indicates the desired analog voltage being sent to the motor drive. Turn the Press-To-Accept knob to change the analog voltage.

Enable: To start the diagnostic, rotate the Press-To-Accept knob to display “Yes”. This will enable the drive.

Encoder: Indicates the encoder position of the selected motor. When the motor is rotating in the correct direction, this value should be incrementing.

Direction: Indicates the status and direction the motor is rotating. When the motor is rotating, it should display “Forward”.

And just like that, you’re back in business! Continue to watch for future posts pertaining Following Error troubleshooting as well as other tech tops for Bosch Wrappers. If you are interested in tech tips not specific to Following Errors, inquire and we will publish a blog that can be helpful for everyone!

As always, contact our technical experts for further assistance with your Bosch Packaging Equipment.

SpringAs we transition from the long, cold winter months and enter into the first warm days of the year, spring cleaning is inevitable.  With spring cleaning comes the opportunity to perform maintenance, spare parts overhauls, machine audits, changeovers and upgrades on your Bosch Packaging equipment.  With field service and spare parts delivery schedules filling up fast, we recommend that you place your orders in advance.

Spare Parts: Safe, reliable and worth every penny.
Included in our spare parts portfolio are Preventive Maintenance Kits, Repairs (Electrical and Sharpening Services) and Stock Optimization.

Field Service: Whenever and wherever you need us.
With Bosch Field Service our expert technicians and engineers are available to perform Machine Audits, General Service/Production Support, Preventive Maintenance Agreements and Training.

Modernizations: You define the target, we find the best solution.
Our Modernizations team is constantly evolving and expanding its solutions whether it’s Controls or Mechanical Upgrades, Remanufactured/Rebuilt Equipment, Change Parts and Line Integration support.

Contact us today to place an order for spare parts, schedule a service tech or inquire about your next equipment overhaul or upgrade.

Telephone: +1 919 877 0886
Fax: +1 919 877 0887
E-Mail:  service.packaging.us@bosch.com

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