This year’s interpack, which is being held 4-10 May 2023 in Dusseldorf, will oversee the launch of new, upgraded functionalities for Syntegon’s Kliklok’s endload cartoner BEC.
At the event, the machine will display an optimised drive system, a Human Machine Interface (HMI) for simpler digital connectivity, a redesigned frame, and new controls. The cartoner is targeting mid-size companies looking to automate their cartoning processes.
“The latest Kliklok BEC offers the benefits of our proven machine series combined with the latest technological advancements to meet the requirements of automated production processes,” explained Russell Morgan, Technical Sales Director at Kliklok in Bristol. “We put special emphasis on process stability, easy line integration and maximum connectivity with Syntegon’s Digital Service Solutions.”
The new BEC endload cartoner provides support for mid-sized businesses relying on automation to grow, while looking for reasonably affordable and robust technologies that support production targets. Thanks to its recent upgrade, it now comes with servo motors as opposed to mechanical drive technology.
“Switching to servo technology allows us to ideally synchronize different drive components, securing repeatable product placement. The more precisely products are placed into the cartons, the less rejects and downtimes customers will face,” Russell added.
In addition to its upgraded drive technology, the BEC’s frame has been redesigned, to reduce its footprint while offering an accessible, operator friendly layout. Its reduced footprint is particularly beneficial when it comes to operating the cartoner on limited floor place, in combination with its hygienic stainless steel material.
The company explained that as businesses continue to grow, requirements for comprehensive reporting will increasing, calling for additional connectivity and access to digital services. The BEC supports line integration with its HMI, while also providing easy access to the company’s digital service solutions. A range of connectivity options and controls enables customers to integrate the machine with existing equipment.
“Our service solutions support customers in their quest to achieve ever higher levels of OEE by giving them greater visibility of their processes,” Russell said. “With the HMI 4.0, customers now benefit not only from enhanced connectivity, but the ability to access information on performance down to a component level.”
Using an easily structured HMI provides production data at the touch of a button, including tracking OEE data, machine settings and alarms. Customers who want to upgrade to the latest generation can choose from a range of options, including vibration and temperature monitoring of components such as bearings and motors.
“Those functionalities contribute to reducing downtime, since they allow to schedule pre-emptive maintenance work,” Russell explained.
At interpack, the BEC will be on display as part of an integrated line to demonstrate packing of single cakes. A Syntegon Robotic Pick and Place (RPP) platform will group place five flow-wrapped pieces into the infeed of the BEC, which will then sideload into them cartons at a speed of up to 135 cartons per minute.
The machine’s rotary carton feeder than pulls the carton blanks from a stack and erects them before the products are securely placed inside. Once cartoned, an Elematic 1001 TL case packer will load the cartons into RSC cases.
The company plans to release three consecutive packages of Synexio, its new cloud-based software solution, with the entry-level package available for the BEC this year. It works to visualise different KPIs for companies wanting to achieve transparency in their production.
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