Normally, food processors are the ones hosting consumer focus groups for new product insights. In this case,Kliklok-Woodman, Decatur, Ga., says its latest new product is based on feedback from food processors themselves.

“They talked and we listened,” notes Brett Duernberger, director of sales. “Food processors said that when it came to cartoners, they wanted a superior, dependable design. So we developed our new Celox accordingly.

“It features an improved rotary feeder with servo profiling, a robust hybrid frame that provides outstanding access and sanitation, an ancillary device rail-mount system, reliable controls and superior-quality components.”

Duernberger says food processors also have voiced interest in equipment that quickly and easily adjusts for changing products and workforces. In response, Kliklok-Wood gave the Celox a modular design for quick assembly and custom configuration as well as advanced motion control for quick size changeovers. The machine also features an easy-to-use, icon-based Insight® color touch screen operator interface, which eliminates language barriers.

The Celox features an Allen-Bradley ControlLogix control system, housed in the unit’s heavy-duty fully welded stainless steel frame. Other components include a powered carton hopper, a patented, servo-driven rotary carton feeder and a barrel-cam product inserter.

“Development of the CELOX began with food processors,” Duernberger concludes. “They talked, we listened and now we’re delivering.”