Chocolate lovers have a new opportunity to learn about the history and processing of their favorite treat with the opening of Nestlé’s new Maison Cailler. At the chocolate center, visitors will learn the fascinating story of the Cailler product line by Nestlé, Switzerland’s oldest chocolate maker. Opened April 1st 2010 in the picturesque Swiss town of Broc-Gruyère, La Maison Cailler includes packaging machines from Bosch Packaging Technology. The innovative Module++ line features one Paloma D2 delta robot and one Pack 201 horizontal flow wrapper to mimic the actual Cailler production process. This project represents the latest phase of Nestlé Cailler’s and Bosch’s decade-long collaboration.
At La Maison Cailler, visitors can see the actual techniques used to make Cailler chocolates, attend a presentation on the history of chocolate, participate in a chocolate-making workshop and visit La Chocolatiere café. Mr. Diego Calame of Nestlé Cailler described the chocolate center as, “a real opportunity for consumers to see how our concoctions are translated into tasty reality. Along with our team of experts and quality operations, Bosch’s packaging solutions play a key role in Cailler’s ability to deliver finished products that live up to our idea of chocolate perfection.”
The adaptability of the equipment within Bosch’s Module++ line concept derives from a low engineering content, allowing standard machines to be linked together with minimal effort and downtime. At La Maison Cailler, Bosch’s two machines are combined with a third-party extruder to package the Cailler Branches brand of confectionery.
While normally the Paloma D2 delta robot processes products at dizzying speeds, the machine has been slowed to give visitors a clear look at Cailler’s packaging operations. The robot is known for its lightweight arms, which allow it to move with greater fluidity compared with traditional, heavier rivals. Its quick-to-assemble stainless steel structure and oil- and grease-free operation allow for easy cleaning for compliance with hygiene standards. The pick-and-place robot cell processes chocolates with pinpoint accuracy, guaranteed by Gemini 3.0 vision-guided software.
The robot then places the chocolates into the infeed chain of a Pack 201 horizontal flow wrapper, which is ideal for delicate foodstuffs. The line is arranged to use as little energy as possible and to operate with a small footprint.
Dragan Dragojlovic, Product Manager, Bosch Packaging Technology, said: “We at Bosch are excited to work with Nestlé on such an important project that will give Nestlé Cailler fans an opportunity to see the care with which their favorite chocolates are handled.”