Syntegon Technology has introduced the Kliklok ACE (advanced carton erector) carton former. The machine (which handles both cartonboard and corrugated) reportedly combines a focus on ergonomic design with sustainable operation and a high degree of efficiency.
According to Janet Darnley, Syntegon Technology product manager, features like the flexible feeder help the machine deliver reliable, safe carton control throughout the cycle.
“The new carton former platform combines high-speed forming capabilities with a generous carton size range, giving manufacturers a lot of flexibility,” she said.
Carton formers in the Kliklok ACE line run at up to 80 cycles per minute (cpm) and can handle single-, double- or triple-head operation. The units can form lock- and glue-style cartons on one machine for increased flexibility.
Users also can choose lock and ultrasonic versions, both of which are glue free. Carton format sizes range from 190 mm long and 122 mm wide, to 800 mm long and 600 mm wide.
The ‘Flex Feeder’ feature is designed to offer positive carton control, transferring cartons smoothly from the forming process to machine discharge. According to Darnley, the feeder helps reduce the occurrence of jams within the machine, helping users to steer clear of costly stops and downtime.
Syntegon engineered the carton former to be ergonomically operated. The hopper is at waist height to make loading more operator friendly; also, the machine enables tool-less changeover.
Additionally, the Kliklock ACE former series has a relatively small overall footprint, with no need for a control cabinet. According to Darnley, this benefits users in a number of ways.
“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,” she explained.