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Article | December 17, 2013
Bosch Packaging: Hygienic vertical f/f/s
Designed to meet diverse food handling regulations, Bosch Packaging Technology’s SVC 4020 hygienic v f/f/s platform is useful for fresh and frozen food packaged in pillow bags, while subsequent machines in the platform will be available with additional pack styles to handle a wide variety of free-flowing dry, wet, and frozen food products.
Also able to package free-flowing products such as sensitive dry infant powders to nuts, confectionery products, mixed salads, cheese, protein, frozen food, as well as many other products. The platform technology accommodates multiple bag styles, including pillow, side gusseted, stand-up, corner seal, and doy, with various reclose and easy opening features in different sizes up to 400 millimeters. Manufacturers can also choose their desired sealing technology, including poly heat seal (PHS), heat seal (HS), and ultrasonic.
The simple-to-use SVC is a versatile and flexible solution that can be customized to meet the needs of numerous industries, as well as diverse hygiene levels.
Composed of a stainless steel frame, the SVC comes with a streamlined design for clutter-free workspaces. Its electric cabinet has been incorporated within the machine frame to reduce the number and length of cords and cables. Quick and tool-less format changeovers reduce downtime. The SVC is easy to operate via an intuitive HMI to reduce training time and improve productivity.
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The SVC has been designed to simplify cleaning, as well as to offer a wide range of hygienic features. Its dry cleaning configuration allows for basic wiping when packaging most dry foods and powders. For wet cleaning, the SVC can be wiped down with simple cleaning agents. In case product-specific characteristics require more intense cleaning procedures with foam cleaning agents, the SVC is available in a washdown configuration. Additional hygienic features include sloped stainless steel surfaces helping ensure proper drainage and prevent food residue. The elimination of holes and slots as well as the reduced amount of cables also supports a hygienic environment. Options for increased hygiene levels also include upgraded components, such as stainless steel film rollers and improved hygienic forming sets that offer higher protection.
The SVC’s film input is designed ergonomically, sloping at 45 degrees to provide optimum access and enhanced speed for threading and splicing in new film. There are fewer rollers compared to previous generations of packaging equipment, increasing bag per minute speeds. Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM) has been incorporated in the basic design philosophy.
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