What is Cartoning Packaging Machine?
The demand for cartoning packaging machine continues to grow, Google searches related to cartoning packaging machine are quite high.
Compared with plastic bags, the carton is an eco-friendly packaging carrier, it can degrade naturally.
A cartoner machine erects or forms cartons first, then a worker or collaborative robot loads products into the carton, and finally seals the carton via tuck-in flap or hot melt application.
The cartoner is capable of cartoning a number of products, saving labor cost & improving packaging efficiency.
In order to choose a most suitable cartoner, you’d better understand the following types of cartoner first.
- According To Product Loading
There are 2 types, one is horizontal end load cartoner, the other is vertical top load cartoner.
- Vertical Top Load Cartoner
It absorbs a carton blank from the magazine, then erects it on the starwheel.
The erected carton’s front and back panels stand vertically, its top and bottom closing panels are parallel to the ground.
A staff or a robot loads product into the carton from the carton’s top opening.
Vertical top load cartoners often pack products sold by weight or volume.
- Horizontal End Load Cartoner
Different from vertical rotary cartoner, horizontal end load cartoner erects and forms the carton blank in another way.
The carton’s front and back panels are parallel to the ground, its top and bottom closing panels are vertical to the ground.
A pushrod pulls the product into the carton from one end.
- According To Carton Closure
The following types of cartoner machines are available based on carton closure.
- Straight Tuck
As you can see in the following photo, the top and bottom tuck flaps are on the same side.
- Reverse Tuck
It’s similar to straight tuck, only the top and bottom tuck flaps are on the different sides.
- Lock Bottom
Bottom lock or 1 2 3 bottom folding carton, one side bottom lock panel inserts into the other side.
- Crash Bottom
Auto-bottom or auto-lock bottom folding cartons, top tucking, bottom self-locking.
- Hotmelt Closure
Nowadays, the hotmelt closure partly replaces tuck-in closure in pharma, medicine, and blister cartoning.
Please tell us which carton closure you need, we can customize the cartoner machine as you like.
- According To Cartoning Speed
Cartoning speed also involves in the cartoner machine classification.
- Low Speed: 40-80 boxes/min
This type of cartoner equipment mainly adopts the cam mechanism. Its advantages are compact footprint, strong adaptability, high convenience, and low cost.
Its carton size changeover is not easy, and the speed is limited.
- Medium Speed: 80-180 boxes/min
Such cartoning equipment mainly applies mechanical & cam mechanism. Its advantages are relatively stable operation, easy carton size changeover, and extensive application.
But its rotary carton feeder can’t adapt to speed changes very well.
- High Speed: 180-400 boxes/min
It mainly introduces a continuous motion mechanism, its advantage is high speed.
But it is just suitable for certain product packaging, and its requirements on packaging materials are quite high.
- Ultra-high Speed: ≥400 boxes/min
It utilizes advanced mechanical and servo control.
Generally speaking, the cartoner of 60-120 boxes/min is an intermittent motion machine, and the cartoner of 120 boxes/min or more is a continuous motion machine.
For cartoning equipment with leaflet insertion, the cartoning speed is limited by the leaflet folding machine.
At present, the GUK leaflet folding machine is the fastest in the world, its speed is stable at 500 sheets/min.
Because of this, the current cartoning machine with leaflet insertion can just realize 500 boxes/min.
The cartoning machines are widespread in many industries, they have played an important role in packaging many items.
Blisters, oral liquids, vials, bagged granules, plasters, ointments, aerosols, etc.;
Wafers, egg rolls, coffee bags, seasoning packages, etc.;
- Daily Chemical
Toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, facial mask, lipstick, mosquito coil, etc.;
- Hardware & Electrical Appliances
Bearings, bulbs, switches, relays, etc.;
- Auto Parts
Piston rings, spark plugs, filters, automobile light bulbs, etc.;
- Stationery & Entertainment
Correction fluid, playing cards, puzzles, pens, staplers, staples, ink pads, glue, toys, etc.
SiroSilo Industrial supplys both vertical cartoning machines & horizontal cartoning machines, they all have the following pros:
- Support many kinds of cartons such as tuck-in closure, hotmelt closure, lock bottom, crash bottom, etc.;
- Step-by-step movement, fast speed & high stability;
- PLC control, graphic touch screen HMI, custom your mother language;
- High-quality photoelectric sensors, electromagnetic valves, air cylinders, and mechanical parts;
- Inching button is convenient for machine setup;
- Emergency stop button & optional safety cover to protect the operator;
- Optional code printer, leaflet inserter, hotmelt adhesive system.
As an original cartoning machine manufacturer, SiroSilo has our own R&D team and production plant.
We are definitely able to customize an ideal cartoner or design a suitable cartoning solution for you.
You are welcome to send us your inquiry on this website, we will reply to you within 1 hour.
The cartoning process of vertical cartoner and horizontal cartoner is slightly different.
Now we will introduce their cartoning processes respectively.
- Vertical Cartoning Machine
The vertical cartoner’s cartoning process includes 9 steps:
- Erect the carton blank to the starwheel
- Fold the bottom dust flaps
- Fold the bottom closure panel
- Insert the bottom tuck flap
- Top load product
- Fold the top dust flaps
- Fold the top closure panel
- Insert the top tuck flap
- Output packaged carton
The finished cartons are generally collected on a rotary accumulation turntable, or delivered to a downstream packaging machine via belt conveyor.
- Horizontal Cartoning Machine
The following image displays the workflow of the horizontal cartoner.
After the carton blanks are horizontally erected and formed, the erected cartons enter the conveyor belt, and the products move forward on another conveyor belt at the same time.
Next, the following cartoning steps are completed on the two synchronously running conveyor belts.
- End Load Product
- Fold Two End Dust Flaps OF The Carton
- Fold Two End Closure Panel
- Insert Two End Tuck Flaps OF The Carton
- Output Packaged Carton
This is the basic cartoning process of the horizontal cartoner.
The cartoning line is generally composed of a cartoner and some upstream/downstream equipment.
On Jun 23, 2021, a Dutch client sent an Email to us.
He requested us to custom a rotating small vertical cartoner for packaging plant seeds, he’d like to pack the cartons with top filling and hot melt closing.
This Dutch client needs to add weight dosing equipment for dropping seeds, 250-1000 grams each time.
According to this Dutch client’s requirements, we designed a weighing and cartoning line for him.
This cartoning line includes the following equipment:
- Vibration Feeder
- Z-shaped Conveyor
- Multihead Weigher
- Working Platform
- Vertical Cartoning Machine
- Packaged Carton Conveyor
It is similar to the multi head packing machine in the video below.
If the packed box no longer needs subsequent packaging, you can add a rotary accumulation table behind the packaged carton conveyor, arrange workers to organize the packed box;
If the packed box needs subsequent handling, then you can connect the packaged carton conveyor to the downstream labeling machine, shrink wrap machine, etc.
Cartoning Machine Manufacturers
There are many well-known cartoner machine manufacturers abroad, the picture below lists the heavyweight players in this niche.
Judging from the numerous cartoner machine manufacturers in China, China is undoubtedly a major supplier of cartoning equipment.
Compared with foreign advanced cartoning equipment, especially Italian and German cartoner equipment, China’s cartoning equipment has a certain gap in terms of speed, manufacturing precision, and control technology.
However, as the Chinese government advocates the transition from ‘Made in China’ to ‘Create in China’, and with the improvement of China’s domestic control technology, the gap is gradually shortening, and the Chinese cartoner’s quality has been able to meet some mid-to-high-end customers’ needs.
Cartoning Machine Price
Speaking of the cartoner machine price, it is mainly related to its type, cartoning speed, custom functions, and brand.
Generally speaking, the horizontal cartoning machine is more expensive than vertical cartoning machine;
The continuous motion cartoner is faster than the intermittent motion cartoner, so the former one’s price is higher than the latter one;
If you want to add custom functions such as code printing, leaflet inserting, labeling, hotmelt closure, etc., the price will also increase;
European and American cartoner machines have long development history & excellent quality, they are more expensive than Asian cartoners.
In any case, the quality of China’s cartoning machines is constantly improving.
Many Chinese manufacturers are taking the road to quality development, SiroSilo is such a manufacturer.
If you plan to purchase a cartoner, welcome you to talk with us, whether you end up buying a machine from us or not, you will certainly benefit from our communication.
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