Packaging Resource Center: The Latest in Cartoners and Wrappers
A line of cartoners features a rotary carton feed, which is designed for gentle product and carton handling. An opposing vacuum squares cartons before placing them into the transport chain. The transport chain is enclosed to prevent dragging and scuffing. The Cartopac line of cartoners also features a maintenance-free balcony construction and a built-in, easy-to-access PC. Both intermittent- and continuous-motion models with 4- and 6-in. centers are available. They can run at speeds of up to 450 cartons/min. The cartoners also feature a self-teaching HMI/MMI touch screen interface that is designed to enable toolless, repeatable changeovers to be completed in less than 10 min. The interface provides online machine diagnostics, parts information, and schematics. The cartoners perform glue-to-tuck changeovers and use automatic chain tensioning. They were designed with mechanical opening fingers for complete carton opening. IWKA Pac Systems, Fairfield, NJ; 973/227-5575; www.iwkapacsystems.com.
Carton Feeder System
A company offers a carton and card feeder system for use with its line of thermal-transfer printers and coders. The EasyPrint off-line feeder system features high quality, off-line overprinting coupled with a high-speed feeding system for printing on Tyvek, pouches, and boxes. The system can accommodate a wide range of cartons. It can reach speeds up to 200 cycles/min. The company offers a range of overprinting technologies and machine accessories. Bell-Mark Inc., Pine Brook, NJ; 973/882-0202; www.bell-mark.com.
A multipack shrink wrapper features an integrated collator/wrapper/tunnel and a compact design that uses less than eight feet of floor space. The wrapper can reach speeds of 30 wraps/min. It can wrap together as few as two and as many as 24 packages per bundle. It also features a thermostatically controlled, energy- efficient heat tunnel and integrated diagnostics with a color touch screen. The product-handling design features of the wrapper include positive package control with fully adjustable infeed guides, retractable barriers, articulating seal-bar guides, and product hold-down. To precisely control transfers, the wrapper has a programmable motorized pusher assembly with acceleration and deceleration modes. The preprogrammed touch screen facilitates rapid changeovers. Polypack Inc., Tampa Bay, FL; 727/578-5000; www.polypack.com.
Automatic Stretch Packaging System
An automatic stretch packaging system offers five styles of stretch packaging. The Lan-ringer provides compression, six-sided, suspension, primary, and unitized packaging. The banding systems of the unit are designed to apply film in selected locations to ensure the best containment of the product. Spiral systems are designed to wrap products of varying lengths and widths with a single film size. The continuous spiral systems wrap a constant flow of products without interruption of the wrapping cycle. The machine can wrap one item, bundle several items together, or unitize a pallet load. The Lan-ringer’s stretch film conforms to the product’s shape, and it disperses its holding force across the product to prevent shifting. Lantech.com, Louisville, KY; 800/866-0322; www.lantech.com.
A flexible intermittent-motion cartoner runs at speeds up to 90 cartons/min. The Eclipse cartoner handles cartons up to 10 in. long × 4.5 in. wide × 12 in. deep. The machine has a footprint of 7.5 × 4.5 ft. The Eclipse features a walk-in design for easy operator access and an HMI and motion-control package. The machine is designed for toolless changeovers to be completed in less than 15 min. The Eclipse is the counterpart to the company’s high-speed continuous-motion cartoner, Stealth. MGS Machine Corp., Maple Grove, MN; 763/425-8808; www.mgsmachine.com.