At Interpack 2017, Bosch Packaging Technology shows their Industry 4.0 solutions.
Detailed information about each machine, line or process status is provided by the Condition Monitoring platform. It records data in real-time, enabling maintenance staff to react before cost-intensive process deviations or downtimes occur. An example shown at Interpack is the monitoring of filters, which ensure the consistent sterility of production processes.
Special sensors within the machine control the sterilisation status of these filters. In case pre-defined parameters are infringed, operators receive a notification. This enables them to initiate maintenance activities quickly, and to prevent product loss due to non-sterile processes.
Bosch works with the software provider Parsec Automation and configures Manufacturing Execution System (MES) software TrakSYS; it includes all necessary functionalities to manage machines and processes and to generate electronic batch records (EBR), as well as a complete audit trail.
The Bosch Pharma MES can be integrated into any Bosch or third-party machines and lines, as well as into complete manufacturing facilities.
The Track and Trace solution from Bosch fulfills consists of the CPI software and machine modules, which are connected within the serialisation process.
At the machine level, CPS modules print data matrix codes onto folding cartons, verify the codes and if required, equip the packaging with a tamper-evident seal. The CPI software integrates the CPS modules into the company IT.
At Interpack, Bosch showcases such an application for yoghurt packaging for the first time. CPI software transfers the information directly into the Bosch IoT Cloud. Due to the QR code printed onto the lid of the yoghurt cup, end consumers can verify whether they have bought an original product.
Manufacturers also make use of online marketing possibilities via the code by adding further, product-specific information, such as ingredients, allergens or recipes.