Kliklok International, the sister company of Kliklok-Woodman, is busily packaging Weetabix biscuits and Alpen cereal bars at the Weetabix factory in Kettering, Northamptonshire, UK. The facility has horizontal endload carton and topload carton packaging lines.

Weetabix head of capital Rob Meachin said, "The mutually beneficial relationship between Kliklok and Weetabix has led to a strong and trusted partnership, built on the good reputation and shared values of both companies for quality and reliability."

Endload Cartoning - Celox

Video: Kliklok Celox Endload Cartoner

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Kliklok International worked with automation specialist CKF on two automated endload lines featuring high-performance Celox cartoners and twin-infeed STAC-TRAC product stacking collators. Both lines are configured for 24-pack, 36-pack, 48-pack and 72-pack formats of Weetabix breakfast biscuits. The Celox cartoners can run up to 200 cartons per minute, and were customized with Linx laser coders, waist-level carton hoppers for easy loading, and automatic 2-dimensional size change.

Graham Holbrook, Kliklok International area sales manager, said, "The initial order for the Celox cartoner and TRAC units was placed in January 2014 and delivered in June of the same year. It took three to four weeks to install, commission and train people how to operate the machinery to a proficient level. It has now been up and running for almost 12 months and the Weetabix team are happy with its performance."

Topload Cartoning - ECT-500

Kliklok also provided a pair of ECT-500 glue-style rotary-turret carton formers to produce Alpen 5-pack and 10-pack cartons. Among the customizations were special electrical systems, Panelview 1000 Insight® touchscreen HMIs and SCADA (Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition) systems for trending, diagnostic data, logistics and scheduled maintenance procedures.

The ECT-500 is a compact version of the ECT-625. It is also available in a twin-turret model.

Future Projects

Kliklok International is building RTS (Rotary Transfer System) machines to accept wraps of biscuits arriving lengthwise and gently rotate them 90 degrees before being cartoned. They are also developing a bag-in-box bagging and cartoning line.