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Bosch expands New Richmond facility

The New Richmond facility now allows for the full integration and testing of vertical bagging lines with secondary packaging equipment. (Submitted photo)

Bosch Packaging Technology, one of the leading international suppliers in processing and packaging technology, has completed the expansion of its state-of-the-art vertical form fill seal (VFFS) test facility in New Richmond.

The $850,000 expansion, which started in May 2012 and was completed in December, helps Bosch accommodate two full packaging lines that include secondary packaging, such as case erecting, loading and closing. With the expansion, Bosch offers optimal product feeding to VFFS machines for extended runs, as well as temperature and humidity control to simulate each manufacturer's specific factory environment.

Manufacturers across multiple industries, such as fresh and frozen food, as well as confectionery, utilizing the expanded Bosch VFFS test facility can be assured that their line is fully functional prior to installation at their production site. From engineering, parts fabrication and assembly to line integration, testing and troubleshooting, Bosch offers its customers a full range of resources when using the company's VFFS line testing facility in New Richmond.

Via this expansion, Bosch enhances its ability to provide customers access to equipment training and familiarization, which results in a smooth start-and ramp-up of their production. Training can range in complexity, from simple hands-on operation during the Factory Acceptance Testing, to in-depth Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute-certified classroom training for operators and mechanics, including PMMI-certification testing at the end of the training modules.

"Bosch's New Richmond test facility provides customers with the assurance that their vertical packaging line has been fully tested and is ready to go," said Eric Aasen, vertical product line manager, Bosch Packaging Technology. "This demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that our customers achieve maximum efficiency and profit."

The expansion is part of Bosch's strategy of offering a top notch global product line with local support. Bosch supplies a wide range of VFFS technologies to suit various market needs, including both continuous and intermittent vertical baggers with its SVE and SVI series, as well as heat and ultrasonic sealing technologies.

Bosch's New Richmond facility serves North America's various packaging sectors, including the confectionery, bakery, fresh food, frozen food and pharmaceutical markets, and employs more than 270 people. In 2004, Bosch acquired the facility from Doboy, Inc., whose roots in food packaging begin in the 1870s.