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ACE Carton Former Debuts

The Kliklok ACE (Advanced Carton Erector) topload carton former made its North American debut at PACK EXPO Connects 2020.

This top-load carton former from Syntegon Kliklok made its debut at PACK EXPO Connects.
This top-load carton former from Syntegon Kliklok made its debut at PACK EXPO Connects.

Based on customer requirements, the Syntegon Kliklok ACE carton former was developed with a particular focus on ergonomic design, sustainability, and increased efficiency. The newly integrated Flex Feeder ensures reliable and safe carton control through 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. The new former runs at up to 80 cycles/minute with single, double, or triple heads 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. 

ACE can form lock or glue style cartons on the same machine - one day they can run a lock style and the next day a glue style offering full flexibility.  The Ultrasonic ACE is  purpose built.  Both lock and ultrasonic machines are glue-less offering real advantages from a sustainable packaging standpoint. The Kliklok ACE range can handle different carton format sizes, ranging from a blank size of 190 millimeter length x 122 millimeter width to 800 millimeter length x 600 millimeter width.

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As a contribution to their customers’ economic success, the packaging experts at Syntegon developed the machine with a new Flex Feeder. The solution offers positive carton control, transferring the cartons reliably from the forming process to the machine exit. “This reduces the risk of jams within the machine that can cause stops and downtime,” Darnley explains. The Kliklok ACE is also capable of running paperboard or corrugated material.

 Syntegon put an emphasis on an ergonomic machine design. The carton hopper, which operators load manually, was designed at waist height. This makes the feeding process more operator friendly. Overall, the machine allows tool-free changeovers, which supports vertical start-up. The machine is built in an open frame stainless-steel design, which is IP54 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, which offers more flexibility in terms of speed and size change between these different configurations. At  thePACK EXPO Connects demo, the machine was shown 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.

Compared to the previous machine series, the Kliklok ACE has a smaller footprint overall. The new on-board electronics eliminates 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.

 Go here for a PACK EXPO Connects demo of this new machine. The event runs through Friday, November 13, and as of Wednesday PMMI reported it had attracted 17,000 attendees visiting the booths and viewing the demos from more than 700 committed exhibitors who are driving the show.




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