Cartoners Pack it Up

Designed for high-speed, yet gentle handling, cartoners complete the secondary package.

Constant-motion cartoners, designed to meet the need for high-speed, self-sufficient equipment in the pharmaceutical packaging industry, are available on 4-, 5-, and 6-in. pitches. The C2304, C2205, and C2206 machines are each centered around the company's Twinstar carton erector and feeder. The 6-in.-pitch unit turns out up to 200 cartons per minute and features safety and control features for reproducible settings and quick after-changeover start-up. Uhlmann Packaging Systems Inc., Towaco, NJ.

An intermittent cartoner is able to automatically produce up to 80 straight or reverse-tuck cartons per minute. A constant oil bath on the B15's moving parts helps ensure reliability, and the wide range of infeeds available adds to the machine's versatility. The company also offers a complete line of case packers, tray formers, pouchers, overwrappers, and palletizers. MG America, Fairfield, NJ.

A horizontal cartoning machine has been designed with an eye to the cleanliness requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. Advanced features, such as a cantilevered design, powered carton advancement, and digitally calibrated changeovers, promote safe and easy handling of production batches. The MA100's automatic cycling includes checking devices for correct carton opening and leaflet insertion. Options include flexible automatic feeders, leaflet feeders, bar code readers, glue closure, and faulty-carton ejection. Marchesini Packaging Machinery, West Caldwell, NJ.

Developed specifically for the pharmaceutical market, a servo-drive cartoner offers speeds of up to 400 cartons per minute. The Stealth cartoner's small footprint allows placement flexibility, and components are designed to improve uptime and production efficiency. Its Allen-Bradley PLC and servo drive system are run from a Windows NT­based touch screen, and on-line manuals and self-diagnostics are included. The machine complies with ANSI/PMMI B155.1. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN.

Single-dose foil packets containing gels and ointments are the specialty of a high-speed cartoner. The Model SC4 features a rotary carton feed, opposing vacuum prebreaking system, and pouch picking, stacking, and placing mechanisms designed for gentle handling. The twin-perforated pouches, which can be preprinted, are loaded into five-panel display boxes. IWK Packaging Machinery Inc., Fairfield, NJ.

A fully automatic indexing end loader has computerized indexing operations and servomotors that replace complicated mechanical stop-and-start systems. Capable of handling up to 100 cartons per minute, the SL6000 end loader packs cartons from 50 x 19 x 114 mm to 305 x 100 x 330 mm. Delicate products can be loaded into stationary pockets, collations can be assembled, and two pockets at a time can be indexed. Size changes can be made simply because product pockets and flight chains are automatically adjusted by computer. The machine is available in 6-, 9-, 12-, and 15-in. pitch versions, all with heavy-duty size-60 double-pitch flight chains. Cartons are fed to the machine by a three- or four-station rotary feeder from an extended inclined magazine. The system's touch-screen controls allow the flap tucker to be fine tuned and the hot-melt adhesive pattern to be adjusted, both on the fly. Bradman-Lake Inc., Charlotte, NC.

By positively controlling carton motion, a carton sealer improves efficiency and throughput levels, helping eliminate wastes. The patented turning device of the Tri-Seal Closer secures each carton in place throughout the turning process, preventing misalignments and jams. The machine features 15-minute changeover and has a user-friendly graphic control panel. Its few moving parts and open design make it easy to clean, maintain, and operate. Sealed bearings, scales, and pointers on set points as well as torque-limited protection add to the Tri-Sealer closer's innovative design. SIG Doboy Inc., New Richmond, WI.

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