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Cartoners offer high speed, semiautomatic operation, and fast changeover.

Manufacturers of pharmaceutical products must carefully assess their production needs to determine what capabilities they require in a cartoner. Line speed, package size, and desired degree of automation must be taken into account. Some cartoners load, build, close, and seal the carton, while others simply erect and close. For production lines that carton several different products, speed and ease of changeover are important, as well as the ability to accept a wide range of products and sizes.

A robotic case packer uses a linear pick-and-place mechanism to transport lightweight, unstable containers from an infeed conveying system to the accumulation section for pack-pattern forming. The machine has a PLC control and can pack at speeds of up to 30 cases per minute. Schroeder Machines, East Syracuse, NY.

 


 

A loading and inventory station at floor level can be of either rotary or oval track configuration. The Rotopak offers greater capacity than magazine-type hoppers, says the company. The Rotopak automatically matches the feed rate of the packaging machine. Fleetwood Systems Inc., Romeoville, IL.

 


 

Featuring a self-tensioning and self-tracking bottom belt drive, a semiautomatic carton sealer handles cartons as low as 2 in. tall. The Interpack has self-centering side rails for carton-width adjustment. Its taping heads require no lubrication and are engineered for over 3 million cycles. Intertape Polymer Group, Montreal, QC, Canada.

 


 

 

A case erector and liner system produces corrugated cases lined with polyethylene bags. The OK-200-ACE features adjustable bag length and easy loading of a wide range of cases and film. The unit can run at speeds of up to 15 cases per minute. O/K International Corp., Marlborough, MA.

 


 

Reliable at speeds of up to 300 units per minute, continuous-motion cartoning machines feature a design that offers minimal wear and noise levels. The CUK series handle a variety of carton closures and accept sizes of up to 5.7 x 3.3 x 10.2 in. Positive carton control from pickup through placement ensures a high-speed performance. TL Systems/Bosch Group, Minneapolis, MN.

 


Offering high-speed accumulation and all-mechanical operation, a semiautomatic case packer handles most cartons, cans, tubes, and odd-shaped objects. Optional case sealers for complete packing and sealing are also available. The unit features interlocked guard doors, an operator interface system, and multilevel accumulation capabilities. Rockford Packaging Systems Inc., Rockford, IL.

 


 

Using a bottom-case taping system, an automatic carton erector can be operated 24 hours a day. The STA-F2000 accommodates up to 15 cartons per minute and uses a side-loading magazine, which loads boxes from a vertical position, then folds, squares, and tapes the bottom flaps. Sekisui TA Industries Inc., Garden Grove, CA.

 


 

Capable of handling standard-reverse, straight-tuck, or glued-end cartons, a semiautomatic cartoner erects and closes cartons for most types of products. The machine has toolless handles and numbered adjustment points for fast, accurate changeover. Hinged guard doors provide visibility and operator protection. R. A. Jones & Company, Inc., Cincinnati, OH.

 


 

A random carton sealer automates manual packaging lines to meet high-level production needs. The unit's independent station design reduces recycling time and allows for output levels up to 900 cartons per hour. Locking air cylinders and a random flap folder replace an operator for centering and closing the carton. Central Products Company, Menasha, WI.

 


 

Equipped with a tilting arm and a mechanical pre-break, a continuous-motion horizontal cartoner is capable of handling up to 200 cartons per minute. The MA255's operating diagnostics are displayed on an eye-level control panel, and sealed oil baths keep the main drive movements quiet and free of vibration. In addition, an electrical interlocking system stops the machine if it detects an open safety door. Marchesini Packaging, West Caldwell, NJ.

 


 

Designed to minimize lifting and twisting by the operator, a hand-load cartoner features a 30° incline of the feed table, using gravity and the product's weight to assist with loading. The HLG handles carton sizes of up to 8 x 5 x 9.5 in. and is capable of speeds of up to 100 cartons per minute. Scandia Packaging, Clifton, NJ.

 


 

Rated for up to 50 cycles per minute, a flexible compact cartoner provides automatic box assembly and manual loading. The Compact-3 handles box sizes up to 180 x 120 x 75 mm. An automatic product-loading robot is available for integration into a filling and labeling line. PackDevCo Inc., Linden, NJ.

 


 

A small-center cartoner has a compact footprint and runs at speeds of up to 400 cartons per minute. The PSC Plus offers flexibility and features fast changeovers through toolless adjustments. The guarding system has a 16-in. reach for easy operation and increased safety. Thiele Technologies Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

 


 

Combining a tube unloader, a tube filler, and a cartoner, an automated packaging system offers reliability and efficiency for packaging ointments and gels. The TFS-30 operates with a short changeover time and accepts a wide range of product sizes. To ensure accuracy and reliability, the unit includes an integrated vision system and bar code readers. IWK Packaging Machinery Inc., Fairfield, NJ.

 


 

Featuring a small footprint, rotary carton feed, and variable drive speed,
a semiautomatic cartoner handles a wide range of products and carton sizes. Capable of speeds of up to 80 cartons per minute, the CH-1 can be retrofitted for automatic loading. The unit also includes a full-perimeter guard package, overload clutch protection, and an expandable manual-load station. Elliott Manufacturing Company, Inc., Fresno, CA.

 


 

A carton former offers smooth operation and precise gluing. The Model 7520 carton former features a dual-motor drive system that separates the mechanical motions of the machine in order to achieve smoother operational characteristics and more accurate gluing. Doboy Div., SIG Pack Inc., New Richmond, WI.

 


 

A series of horizontal cartoners can be configured in either a continuous- or an intermittent-motion execution. The Clybourn Ranger series are equipped with various collation options and will accept products at rates up to 600 pieces per minute. The servo-driven cartoner features easy changeovers. The Ranger is available in three sizes. Sasib, Bensenville, IL.

 


 

A machine forms, fills, and closes display and cardboard boxes. From blanks, various types of cardboard are automatically formed and glued. The B11A runs at speeds of up to 50 boxes per minute. MG America Inc., Fairfield, NJ.

 


 

Using heavy-duty bearings and large-diameter drive shafts, an intermittent-motion cartoner can be customized to suit most horizontal packaging applications. The unit's hardened and ground box cam system gives precise motion and control. Packard Specialty Machine Building, Prospect, CT.

 


 

A company offers flat-blank, shelf-pack, horizontal or vertical, and continuous or intermittent cartoning systems. The UltraTrack vertical cartoner delivers high output with a compact footprint, and the 60 Series horizontal provides intermittent-motion machinery with expandable frames. The 912 Series flat-blank system features positive carton-control and computer scale interfacing, and the 1100 Series shelf pack provides automatic systems for blister-packed products, diagnostic kits, and disposable medical devices. Tisma Machinery Corp. Chicago, Elk Grove Village, IL.

 


 

An intermittent-motion cartoner processes 120 cartons per minute. The P150 features a small footprint, separation of mechanical and carton-handling areas, a carton feeding belt for increased autonomy, continuous-motion carton closing, motorized belts for carton exiting, a movable mouthpiece for product introduction, and an adjustable coding unit on both sides. Romaco Inc., Morris Plains, NJ.

 


 

An economical vertical cartoner handles most styles of cartons, including autobottom, glue, display panel, four-flap interlock, and locking tab. The Model 54L/82 Combination Unit runs a large range of sizes at speeds of up to 60 cartons per minute. The 54L Convey-O-Mat and 82 Top Closer can be separated for increased versatility. Options include stainless steel, leaflet inserter, bar code verifier, and case taper. Bivans Corp., Los Angeles, CA.

 


 

A carton-merge unit allows efficient merging of multiple lanes into one lane. The system uses frame and guide-rail adjustments and handles a wide range of carton sizes. Features include stainless-steel construction, hand-knob adjustments for width and height, and calibrated setting indicators for quick changeover. Garvey Corp., Blue Anchor, NJ.

 


 

Customized packaging lines erect and seal cartons and feature flexibility and high output. The machines operate at up to 90 cycles per minute, handling up to 90 packs and 900 products per minute. Dividella Packaging Systems, Wareham, MA.
 

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