What is Horizontal Cartoner?
A horizontal end load cartoner is a packaging machine that integrates mechanics, electricity, compressed air, etc.
It is also called horizontal end load cartoner, because the carton’s back panel is parallel to the ground, thus the carton lies on the back panel, the product is loaded from one end (bottom closing panel side) of the carton.
Horizontal cartoning machine can complete carton blank picking, carton pre-breaking, carton placing, product loading, carton folding, carton closing, and packaged carton discharging in one stop.
It is suitable for cartoning medicines, cosmetics, food, daily necessities, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), hardware, stationery, toys, oral liquids, granules, flavorings, etc.
In addition to the standard functions mentioned above, you can also add optional features to your desired horizontal end load cartoner, the optional features include leaflet inserting, batch & date coding, hot melt adhesive sealing, etc.
Horizontal cartoning machines are usually divided into continuous motion horizontal cartoning machines and intermittent motion horizontal cartoning machines. The difference between these two types is mainly reflected in the product loading process.
The intermittent motion horizontal cartoner mainly pushes the product into the carton by the pushrod’s back and forth movement. During the product loading process, the product, carton, and leaflet conveying chains pause, waiting for the product pushing completion;
The continuous motion horizontal cartoner uses a barrel cam loader to push products into the box. The barrel cam loader is equipped with a number of sliding arms, which progressively and smoothly push the products from the bucket into the carton within a certain period of time.
There is no doubt that the continuous motion horizontal cartoner’s packaging speed is faster than the intermittent motion horizontal cartoner, and of course, its price is higher, you can choose according to your actual packaging needs and budget.
Horizontal End Load Cartoner Design
The SiroSilo horizontal end load cartoner machine has a compact footprint and reasonable structure, its operation is simple and its maintenance is convenient.
You can use this cartoning equipment alone, or you can link it to other upstream and downstream equipment to form a packaging line, such as:
- Automatic Filling Machine
- Collaborative Robots
- Labeling Machine
- Metal Detector
- Pillow Packaging Machine
- Shrink Wrap Machine
- Sorting Machine
- Three Dimensional Packaging Machine
- VFFS (Vertical Form Fill Seal Machine)
In order to assist you better understanding our SiroSilo horizontal cartoning equipment, please check the following content.
The following content will introduce almost all the important components related to SiroSilo horizontal cartoning equipment.
- Bucket Conveyor
The bucket is usually fixed on two chains, and each chain is driven by a separate servo motor. With the servo motor’s driving, the bucket conveys the product to the loading station.
The bucket size can be adjusted according to the product and carton’s sizes. After adjustment, you need to set bucket size on the touch screen accordingly.
When the bucket is close to the loading station, the photoelectric eye will detect whether there is material in the bucket.
If yes, the photoelectric sensor will feedback a signal to the PLC, and the PLC will send a command to the carton feeder (picker), the carton feeder picks up a carton blank from the carton magazine to match the material cartoning demand.
- Carton Magazine
It is used to store carton blanks.
The magazine length and depth can be adjusted by loosening the fixing screws, fits the corresponding carton size.
When the carton supply is insufficient, the warning light will light up, reminds the operator to add more carton blanks for the magazine.
If the machine enters the low-carton supply running state, it will automatically stop until the magazine is refilled with enough carton blanks.
- Carton Picker
It is the so-called carton feeder.
When the carton feeder receives the command from the PLC to feed the carton, it will pick up the carton blank from the magazine, pre-break it and place it on the carton conveying rail.
The carton lies between the two lugs, thus it will not deviate from the rail.
- Carton Conveyor
After the carton is placed on the conveying rail by the carton feeder, the chains driven by two independent servo motors forward the carton until the discharge belt.
The carton is placed between two lugs, and you can adjust the lugs’ position to fit cartons of different sizes.
During the carton’s forward movement, the top guide rails lightly press on the carton, ensures that the carton runs smoothly and its position does not shift.
- Carton Pusher
For continuous motion horizontal cartoning equipment, the role of carton pusher is usually played by barrel cam loader.
The barrel cam loader is composed of many sliding arms, which rely on servo drive to smoothly load products into cartons.
For the intermittent motion horizontal cartoning equipment, the role of the carton pusher is usually completed by a pushrod.
Pushrod usually pushes the product into the carton in a short time, which is not as smooth as the product loading finished by barrel cam loader.
- Carton Closure Mechanism
This part is mainly composed of a carton closure unit and a carton conveying rail.
The carton closure unit is driven by two rotating cranks to move a connecting plate, which is a typical four-bar mechanism.
There are three stainless steel paddles (or plows) on the connecting plate, so that the cartoning process is broken down into three parts:
The carton conveying rail ensures the carton move within a specific range. The power of the paddle (or plow) comes from the cam on the carton closure unit, which makes the paddle (or plow) reciprocate within a certain angle range.
There is a set of carton closure units on both sides of the carton, and the movement of the paddles and the intermittent chain are at the same frequency, thus the cartoning position and time are synchronous.
- Carton Discharge
After the carton is closed or sealed, it enters a pair of discharge belts, and the packed carton is discharged from the belt.
Some SiroSilo horizontal cartoning machine’s parts are optional, you can choose according to your packaging needs.
- Leaflet Inserter
The role of the leaflet inserter is usually played by the GUK paper folding machine.
Speaking of the GUK paper folding machine, the paper folding mode setup can be completed quickly, it is easy to install, and it is reliable in quality.
After all, it is the world’s number one paper folding machine. It can also be selected and adjusted according to the different requirements.
What’s more, the GUK paper folding machine is suitable for different driving and transmission types, with low wear, easy maintenance, and easy upgrade.
It is a high-speed leaflet folding machine with superior performance, and the maximum speed can reach 500 sheets per minute, it is the first choice leaflet inserter to pair with high speed horizontal cartoning equipment.
- Code Printer
You can choose an ink printer or a deboss coder to complete batch and date coding.
The batch and date coded by the ink printer are relatively less clear than those coded by the deboss coder, and ink is prone to damp in a humid environment, causing the batch and date to be blurred.
Therefore, we recommend you use the deboss coder. The batch and date coded by the deboss coder are not easy to wear and can maintain a clear display for a long time.
Generally speaking, code printing will be completed at the tuck flap folding station.
- Hot Melt Glue System
For some cartons that require hotmelt closure, Nordson hot melt glue system is suitable to complete
Generally speaking, hotmelt glue is sprayed onto the bottom closing panel from the Nordson hot melt
glue machine’s nozzle, this step is finished at the closing panel folding station.
In the next station, the top closing panel will be pressed onto the bottom closing panel, top closing
panel and bottom closing panel are glued together to complete the carton closure.
Horizontal End Load Cartoner Workflow
According to the below schematic, let me explain the horizontal cartoning machine’s working process in detail.
Because the horizontal cartoning machine’s purpose is to load products and leaflets into cartons, the products, cartons, and leaflets are all conveyed by a servo-driven chain.
The products are placed on the conveyor belt by the upstream equipment or manually, and then enter the horizontal auto cartoner’s bucket conveyor.
The photoelectric eye quickly recognizes the product in the bucket, feeds back the signal to the PLC, and the PLC issues commands to the paper folding machine and the carton feeder (picker).
The paper folding machine starts to fold the leaflet and puts the folded leaflet into the conveying chain, and the carton feeder also quickly picks up the carton blank, opens the carton, puts the opened carton into the conveying chain.
The conveying chains of the product, leaflet, and carton move forward synchronously. The carton conveying chain first enters the back dust flap folding station and folds the dust flap at the rear, which is the bottom dust flap after being erected.
After the back dust flap is folded, the carton comes to the cartoning station. At this time, the pushrod, product, and leaflet are all facing the opening of the carton, and the pushrod is controlled by an air cylinder to push the product and leaflet into the carton laterally.
After the product and leaflet are pushed into the carton, the photoelectric eye must first check whether the carton is empty. After confirming that the carton is not empty, then continue to move forward to the front dust flap folding station.
After the front dust flap is folded, the carton continues to move forward, and the closing panels on both sides begin to be folded. In this station, an emboss coder is optional to code the batch number and date on the closing panel, then go to the closing panel folding station.
After the closure panel is folded, it passes through the three stations of tuck flap folding, tuck flap insertion, and carton closure, and the cartoning process is completed.
After the packaged carton passed the open flap rejection station’s inspection, it was taken out from the horizontal end load cartoner’s discharge belt.
This is the detailed workflow of the horizontal cartoning machine. Different manufacturers will have different designs, but these basic steps are all necessary.
Horizontal End Load Cartoner Manufacturers
Manufacturers of horizontal cartoning machines are spread all over the world. Due to the improvement of living standards, the demand for daily necessities, fast-moving consumer goods, and medicines have been enriched.
The packaging demand for these products is increasing, and the demand for horizontal cartoning machines is also increasing.
The following table lists some of the most well-known horizontal cartoning machine manufacturers in the world. These manufacturers have a long history, strong technical accumulation, and continue to lead the trend of horizontal cartoning technology.
By checking the product info on their company website, you can learn about the latest technology and development trends of the horizontal cartoning machine.
Horizontal Auto Cartoner
The horizontal cartoning machine’s automation degree is mainly reflected in the two aspects, one is carton blanks adding to the carton magazine, the other is products placing to the bucket, both of which were originally finished by hands.
Now some manufacturers have produced horizontal cartoning machines with the function of automatic carton blanks adding to the carton magazine, no need to add carton blanks to the carton magazine manually;
As for the work of products placing to the bucket, you can link the bucket conveyor to upstream equipment to form a fully automatic cartoning line, so that no labor is needed to place the products.
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