"With the launch of the D3 robotic platform we offer a highly versatile portfolio of primary and secondary packaging solutions. The new modular and scalable design allows for multiple robot solutions by combining standard machine modules. Through increased modularity Bosch demonstrates its commitment to engineering customer-focused technologies that enhance productivity, reduce TCO and enables a faster time to market," said Marc de Vries, sales director, Bosch Packaging Technology SA. "Combined with added flexibility, the platform helps our customers leverage robotic automation to generate competitive advantage."
Broader application range enhances versatilityThe D3 platform includes several features that improve packaging efficiency and enable manufacturers to meet the growing demand for diverse products, such as biscuits, cereal bars, chocolate, confectionery treats, baked goods and vertically packaged products. "Many customers look for robotic packaging equipment that can handle a great variety of products on the same machine," said de Vries. "By increasing performance, payload capability and working volume height as well as offering optional fourth and fifth axes for improved product rotation, we have significantly extended the application range."
With the industry-leading Gemini 4.0 Delta robot controller and software new product formats can be simulated offline without the need for physical products, reducing set-up and installation times. The simplified platform design also promotes faster changeovers and ease of use.
Easier cleaning leads to greater food safetyAnother advantage of the D3 platform is the hygienic and open frame design with fewer parts and better visibility of moving elements which helps manufacturers comply with increasingly stringent food safety regulations. The control cabinets are positioned on top of the machines, enabling operator access from both the front and rear, which reduces cleaning and maintenance times.
Fully modular to increase manufacturing flexibilityBeing a part of Bosch's Module++ single-source provider concept for simple and modular line automation, D3 robotic solutions can be easily integrated with both Bosch and third-party primary or secondary packaging machines. The D3 platform has been designed to increase flexibility for small- and medium-sized as well as multinational companies. The new portfolio offers flexible and scalable robotic solutions that allow customers to adjust quickly to current production needs and to reach future manufacturing goals.
Bosch's new Paloma D3 feed placer and top loader will be a part of the Module++ biscuit packaging line on display at FachPack 2015, Nuremberg, Germany from September 29 to October 1 in hall 3, booth 3A-337.