New food products are entering the market at a rapid pace. Different products require different packaging formats to stand out at the point of sale. As a result, food manufacturers require packaging solutions that are flexible in order to make quick product changeovers as needed. One key area to achieving high performance is in product feeding, where inline feeders need to work seamlessly with horizontal flow wrapping equipment for maximum efficiency.
Not all biscuits crumble equally
To package fragile biscuits on a flow wrapper, a feeding system must be gentle and limit the impact on the product. Delicate biscuits can have different shapes and sizes or various densities. Simply put, each biscuit crumbles differently. For biscuits that are less prone to crumbling, magazine feeders, also known as gravity hoppers, offer excellent and cost-effective options. The products can be fed both manually and vibratory into the flow wrapper. As gravity hoppers can be easily adjusted to different heights or shapes, manufacturers benefit from the flexibility of the feeding solution to package single products as well as items in groups or stacks.
Avoiding sticky situations
Chewy products like muesli bars present their own challenges. Because of their stickiness, muesli bars and chewy granola products would require considerable force to separate them before they get packaged. For such foods a contactless feeder is ideal because it avoids any physical contact between the products. Products come in separately from smaller belts, and instead of buffering, the belts directly position products into the packaging machine chain.
It’s all in the feeding
While there are some general parameters in choosing the right feeding equipment, given the vast diversity of food products and packaging needs, the best solution requires consultation from experienced packaging professionals. Bosch Packaging Technology offers a portfolio of modular infeed technologies specifically designed to handle delicate baked goods and other fragile items. With over 50 years of experience Bosch can help manufacturers employ the right packaging system to address their needs.