BOSCH Packaging has launched the Terra 25 Bagmaker on the Australian market, the first model in a series of planned releases from Bosch's Asian facility.
For the past six years the plant has been utilised solely for the production of pharmaceutical packaging machines, but the Terra 25 Bagmaker, old favorite in the packaging industry, was earmarked as the first machine to extend production in Bosch's Chinese manufacturing facility.
"In the original development of the Terra 25, the design brief called for a simple machine using components that are available off the shelf in most countries around the world such as a Siemens PLC, standard ac motor and ISO standard pneumatics," explained Peter Grant, managing director, Nupac Industries , Australian representative for Bosch Packaging.
"This is why it was selected as the machine that Bosch would use to further extend the capabilities of their Chinese plant into a different packaging machinery market."
The Terra 25, vertical bag form fill and seal machine, is assembled in China using a mixture of European and Chinese components.
"The Chinese product definitely makes the grade," said Mr Grant. "Actually, the only way you can really tell the difference is by looking at the ID plate for the country of manufacture, other than that it performs exactly the same as the product coming out of Bosch's European plant."
The biggest difference however is in the price, with the Chinese manufactured Terra 25 Bagmaker selling for significantly less than its European manufactured counterpart.
The Terra 25 provides users with a number of benefits including low operating costs, simple operator interface through the use of a Siemens touch-screen and an output of 80 bags per minute. It's also flexible with the capacity to store up-to 35 individual programs.