Kwik Lok Corp., Yakima, Wash., introduced what is said to be the “bakery closing line of the future.”
Eco-Lok is a bag closure made with sustainable materials. The new Eco-Lok product, used as a closure on consumer food products such as bakery items, is formulated with a proprietary plant-based biopolymer called NuPlastiQ, manufactured by BioLogiQ, Idaho Falls, Idaho, which requires up to 20% fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce than standard plastic bag closures. Plus, Eco-Lok is printable, reusable and metal detector-compatible.
The new 910A Automatic Bag Closing Machine provides a host of improved safety and operational features in less line space. A next-generation solution for the high-speed line, the 910A can close up to 120 bags per minute. New benefits include a lighter, more compact design, easy-to-clean aluminum and stainless-steel construction along with user-friendly mechanical components for increased accessibility. The 910A is serviceable with metric tools. In addition, the 910A provides Allen Bradley PLC and a bi-directional control panel with power indicator and machine controls. New safety features entail an external status light for visual machine status, an emergency stop, manual breakoff knob and enclosed pick actuating components. All 910A machines come ready to run closure labels for coding, tracking and promotional messages.
Kwik Lok teamed up with Matthews Marking Systems, Pittsburgh, Pa., to develop a new Laser Stitch Technology. The 909A provides a uniform “laser stitch” that indicates whether a bag has been opened. Importantly, bags do not tear when opened, and can be easily re-closed with a Kwik Lok closure. The 909A works on high-speed lines of up to 55 bags per minute, and requires minimal modifications to existing lines while taking only 10 inches of space. Plus, the 909A synchronizes with conveyors, requires no compressed air and may be operated on “bypass” mode to allow the line to run without the laser when needed. The 909A is engineered for easy install and operator use. All 909A machines are made from easy-to-clean, durable aluminum and stainless-steel construction. 4-line speed programs come pre-installed, and feature an emergency stop.
Kwik Lok Corp.