Based on customer requirements, Syntegon says the Kliklok ACE was developed with a particular focus on ergonomic design, sustainability, and increased efficiency. The newly integrated “Flex Feeder” reportedly ensures a reliable and safe carton control throughout the entire process.
“The new carton former platform combines high-speed forming capabilities with a generous carton size range, giving manufacturers a lot of flexibility,” says Janet Darnley, product manager at Syntegon Technology in Decatur, U.S. The Kliklok ACE range runs at up to 80 cycles per minute with single, double or triple head and is suited for a number of food applications, such as bakery, snacks, cereal bars, frozen/prepared food, tea and coffee, as well as non-food products.
The new Kliklok ACE carton former can form lock-style and glue-style cartons on the same machine. Syntegon Technology also provides the machine with ultrasonic technology, reportedly an industry first in this segment. Both, the lock and ultrasonic versions, are glue-free. The Kliklok ACE range can handle different carton format sizes, ranging from a blank size of 190 mm length x 122mm wide to 800mm length x 600mm wide.
The machine has also been developed with a new Flex Feeder. “This reduces the risk of jams within the machine, causing stops and downtime,” Darnley explains. The Kliklok ACE is also capable of running paper board or corrugated material.
Syntegon Technology also says that it put an emphasis on ergonomic design. The carton hopper, which operators load manually, was designed at waist height. Overall, the machine allows tool-less changeovers, which supports vertical start-up. The machine is built in an open frame stainless-steel design, which is IP 54 rated.
To offer customers a future-proof solution, the Kliklok ACE is not only available with a single head system, but also a double or triple head system. “At the virtual booth, we showcase the machine with a double head system for typical carton sizes, which runs at 60 cycles per minute with an output of 120 cartons per minute, using a lock closure,” Darnley says.
Compared to the previous machine series, the Kliklok ACE apparently has a smaller footprint overall. The new on-board electrics eliminate the need for a control cabinet. “This solution not only saves a lot of space but is also easy to access for troubleshooting. In addition, since no cabinet is needed, the process no longer requires air conditioning, which is more efficient and sustainable,” Darnley explains.