Environmental protection and resource conservation in focus

HAVER & BOECKER presents itself at BAUMA and POWTECH under the motto: "Perfect Flow for our Blue Planet"

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The HAVER & BOECKER Machinery Division presented its products at this year's two major German trade fairs under the motto: "Perfect Flow for our Blue Planet". The packaging specialist from Oelde, Germany, appeared together with its technology subsidiaries, among them BEHN + BATES - the expert for food packaging - and the mineral processing specialists from HAVER & BOECKER NIAGARA.

What does Perfect Flow mean and what does it have to do with the future of our blue planet? And how does that affect me, my products and maybe even my responsibilities and opportunities? These may have been some of the questions that visitors to the HAVER & BOECKER booth asked themselves, especially with the oversized image of our blue planet on the stand. Robert Brüggemann, Business Unit Manager HAVER Chemicals, offers an interesting view: "The main point and key element is clean filling into a secure packaging", he explains. "Using our expertise and technology, if our customer is able to fill his elaborately manufactured product cleanly and protect it for his customers and the environment with the packaging, then he has created a good basis for his product to ‘flow’ without loss from the silo to the packaging, loading, storage, transport and up to the application. This complete and perfect chain is the 'Perfect Flow' for us. Planet Blue for us means no product gets needlessly wasted, whether in the factory, on the way to the end customer or at its application site. This means that all systems get ideally used, resources are conserved and energy and CO2 emissions are reduced: an unbeatable argument for sustainability.”

Perfect Flow in production, packing and transport

The filling and packing of loose, bulk goods has become a central issue because such products need to be manufactured as cost-effectively as possible. It is no longer just a question of how much is produced, but of how efficiently and sustainably this is done. It is important that individual stations mesh seamlessly together and be perfectly coordinated. If something goes wrong at a single point, the entire process comes to a standstill.

And if the bulk material is not filled cleanly, downstream systems become contaminated. The result: machines or machine parts can no longer work smoothly and will have to be serviced more often. Even machine breakdowns occur. In the worst case the entire packaging line can come to a a complete standstill and the sales process can come to a halt: A worst-case scenario for every producer.

"We create perfect flow for our customers using various technical solutions," Brüggemann assures. "If we succeed at filling the product cleanly into a watertight and perhaps even tear-proof packages, then we have already achieved a very good basis.” HAVER & BOECKER uses machines and components from all its technology subsidiaries to achieve Perfect Flow, and it networks these technologies with each other. Software solutions from HAVER Automation and HAVER Service assure, control and monitor Perfect Flow.

…for our blue planet

What are the environmental and sustainability impacts of Perfect Flow? Humanity is facing one of the greatest challenges in history: it is experiencing unprecedented population growth, and in the coming decades up to ten billion people will have to share a finite living space that is facing many changes. The willingness to break new ground sustainably and to use resources responsibly and sparingly will decide what the future holds for our blue planet. HAVER & BOECKER is intensively looking at the question of what role the perfect flow of bulk materials will play in this context. Which processes help us use our resources as sparingly as possible? What influences does the packaging have on the filled products and their quality? Can the right packaging help to reduce our CO2 emissions? Which packaging justifies a higher selling price for the products that have been manufactured with great effort?

The packaging experts of Oelde, Germany are convinced that clean, watertight and safe packaging of bulk goods has a positive impact on the CO2 budget. Not only the production of the packaging uses resources, but so does the production of the packaged products. That is why it is immensely important to protect the product as well as possible so that it may be used 100% and does not end up getting lost during packaging, transport or storage. If only 2% of the filled bags, which in the past may have been lost in this way, reach the customer undamaged, the switch to safer packaging already pays off.

The secure protection of the filled product is possible nowadays with various technologies. "Our customers use different packages made of different materials. Whether paper or PE, we offer all the technical possibilities and we advise our customers. We may present arguments that customers might not have had in mind before, such as environmental protection and resource conservation," says Sebastian Südhoff, Business Unit Manager of Building Materials and Minerals, as he explains the demands placed on their own consulting services. HAVER & BOECKER always has the customer's requirements in mind. One example: "Many of our building materials and minerals customers appreciate the advantages of PE packaging. However, the previous maximum performance of our ADAMS® technology of 1200 bags/hr often was no longer sufficient. We technically improved the machine so that the nozzle capacity can be fully utilized when filling powdery building materials. The machine now achieves a capacity of up to 2400 bags/hr.

Plastic as a material

PE is becoming increasingly popular as a packaging material as it offers numerous advantages such as tear and weather resistance, extended shelf life and an attractive appearance. HAVER & BOECKER is closely monitoring the ubiquitous discussion about plastics. Production is resource-intensive; plastic pollutes the oceans and cannot biodegrade. "At HAVER & BOECKER, we love both types of packaging material: paper and plastic. At the trade fair, however, we want to resolve the prejudices against PE packaging and educate our customers. Of course it is unacceptable for plastic to end up in the oceans. We must understand and treat plastic as a recyclable material which, if properly disposed of, it not only poses no danger but it also offers additional advantages," says Florian Festge, Managing Partner. The most important point is that the valuable plastic material gets recycled and reused and/or used for energy. Then not only would it be used once as packaging for a product, but also it would be used meaningfully and thus conserve resources instead of harming the environment. "What is needed is an optimized waste and recycling concept," says Festge. HAVER & BOECKER is also considering what contribution the company can make to an ecologically and economically sensible recycling cycle. "We discuss as well this with our customers.“

Requirements are increasing and becoming more complex

In addition to environmental aspects, there are numerous other requirements being placed on packaging. Today it no longer just completes the filled, bulk material as a saleable end-product, but it is increasingly developing into a crucial success factor for production, the entire logistics chain and, above all, as the competitive edge when it comes to sales and marketing. Health & safety in particular also play an important role here. The HAVER & BOECKER Machinery Division makes customers aware of the different requirements and offers possible packaging alternatives. At BAUMA and POWTECH, the company presented the various common packagings that are filled using different machine technologies and that depend on the customer's requirements, and demonstrated the main advantages of each.

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