The system’s open-channel frame and angled surfaces eliminate the risk of product or debris accumulation
November 26, 2018
Featuring sanitary design with IP65 washdown rating, the new Kliklok MEC (Mid-range Endload Cartoner) machine from Bosch Packaging Technology can handle a wide range of packs up to 170 cartons per minute for products as small as 0.75-inch thick single-serve pizza to a four-inch-tall cake while meeting the highest food safety standards, according to the company. “The Kliklok MEC was designed to meet our customers’ needs for future-proof sanitary construction and ease-of-use and maintenance with fast, tool-less changeovers and remarkable machine access,” said product manager Janet Darnley. “We surveyed our customers on what they wanted and we delivered. One additional feature we added as standard is open-flap detection to avoid opened or partially opened cartons exiting the machine—a quality requirement in our customers’ minds.” Especially well-suited for the frozen foods, refrigerated/prepared foods, bakery, snack and confectionery industry applications, the Kliklok MEC features a patented rotary carton feeder to erect cartons in the direction of product to facilitate up to 30-percent greater ‘carton-open’ time to allow for the use of carton board with a higher recycling content, delivering end-users tangible savings in material costs, while the machine’s straight-pick motion reduces wear on suction cups and its short rigid bars minimize deflection. To meet the most stringent sanitary standards, the system’s open-channel stainless-steel frame and angled surfaces eliminate the risk of product or debris accumulation, while all the electrical cabinets are mounted overhead for enhance operator and to assist unobstructed operator access, with machine’s full-length doors allowing personnel walk-in access for maintenance and changeovers. According to Bosch Packaging, the tool-less and easily repeatable changeovers on the Kliklok MEC machine can be completed by one operator in 10 to 12 minutes by using the new Bosch HMI 4.0 touchscreen termincal to guide operators through the process step-by-step.