What Is Horizontal Cartoner?
A horizontal cartoner is packaging machinery, it integrates mechanics, electricity, compressed air, etc., many industries use it for cartoning all kinds of products.
It is also called horizontal end load cartoner, because it loads product from one end (top closing panel) of the carton.
When loading products, the carton’s back panel is parallel to the ground, thus the carton lies on the back panel.
A horizontal cartoning machine can complete the following steps in one stop, which includes:
- Carton Blank Picking
- Carton Pre-breaking
- Carton Placing
- Product Loading
- Carton Folding
- Carton Closing
- Finished Carton Discharging
Please check the following horizontal end load cartoner video for reference.
It is suitable for cartoning medicines, cosmetics, food, daily necessities, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), hardware, stationery, toys, oral liquids, granules, flavorings, etc.
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 and intermittent motion ones.
The intermittent motion horizontal cartoner 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 for a while, waiting for the pushing completion;
The continuous motion horizontal cartoner uses a barrel cam loader to push products into the box.
The barrel cam loader equips with a number of sliding arms, these arms progressively and smoothly push the products into the carton within a certain period of time.
Of course, the continuous motion horizontal cartoner’s packaging speed is faster, its price is higher correspondingly.
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 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 read the following content in detail.
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, each chain is driven by a separate servo motor.
With the servo controls, the bucket conveys the product to the loading station precisely.
The bucket size is adjustable according to the product & carton 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 feeds back a signal to the PLC, the PLC sends a command to the carton feeder (picker), the carton feeder picks up a carton blank from the magazine.
- Carton Magazine
It plays the role of storing carton blanks.
You can adjust its length and depth by loosening the fixing screws, fits the corresponding carton size.
When the carton blank supply is not enough, the warning light will light up, reminding the operator to add more.
If the machine enters the low carton supply running state, it will automatically stop until the magazine has enough carton blanks.
- Carton Picker
It is the so-called carton feeder.
When the carton feeder receives the command from the PLC, 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
Two independent servo motors drive the carton forward until discharging the finished carton.
As the carton is placed between two lugs, you can adjust these lugs’ positions, fitting cartons of different sizes.
During the carton’s forwarding, 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 barrel cam loader always plays the role of carton pusher.
The barrel cam loader is composed of many sliding arms, these arms rely on servo motor drive, thus they can smoothly load products into cartons.
For the intermittent motion horizontal cartoning equipment, the pushrod finishes the carton pushing task.
- Carton Closure Mechanism
This part is mainly composed of a carton closure unit and a carton conveying rail.
Regarding the carton closure unit, it 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 actually has 3 steps:
The carton conveying rail ensures the carton moves 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 carton closure unit on both sides of the carton, the paddle & chain’s movements are at the same frequency, thus the cartoning position & time are synchronous.
- Carton Discharge
After closing/sealing the carton, the carton enters a pair of discharge belts, then the finished carton comes out of the horizontal cartoner.
Some components are optional, you can choose according to your packaging needs.
- Leaflet Inserter
GUK paper folding machine undertakes the task of leaflet inserting.
Speaking of the GUK paper folding machine, installation is easy, folding mode setup is quick, and quality is reliable.
After all, it is the world’s No.1 paper folding machine.
What’s more, the GUK paper folding machine is compatible with different driving and transmission mode, low wear, easy maintenance & upgrade.
It is a high-speed leaflet folding machine with superior performance, its max. speed can reach 500 sheets per minute.
To pair with high speed horizontal cartoning equipment, it is the first choice leaflet inserter.
- Code Printer
You can choose an ink printer or a deboss coder to complete batch and date coding.
The batch & date printed by the ink printer is less clear, the ink easily gets damp in a humid environment, causing the batch & date to be unclear.
Therefore, we recommend you use the deboss coder.
The batch and date printed by the deboss coder are not easy to wear, it can maintain a clear display for a long time.
Generally speaking, code printing finishes 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 this work.
Generally speaking, the Nordson machine’s nozzle sprays hotmelt glue onto the carton’s bottom closing panel.
In the next station, the cartoner presses the top closing panel onto the bottom closing panel, these 2 panels stick together to complete the carton closure.
Horizontal End Load Cartoner Workflow
Base on the below schematic, let me explain the horizontal cartoning machine’s working process in detail.
Because the horizontal cartoning machine mainly loads products and leaflets into cartons, the products, cartons, and leaflets are all conveyed by a servo-driven chain.
The upstream equipment or worker places products on the conveyor belt, then products enter the horizontal auto cartoner’s bucket conveyor.
A photoelectric eye quickly recognizes the product in the bucket, feeds back a signal to the PLC.
And then, 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；
Meanwhile, the carton feeder quickly picks up the carton blank, separates the carton, puts the erected carton into the conveying chain.
These conveying chains of the product, leaflet, and carton move forward synchronously.
The carton conveying chain first enters the back dust flap folding station, folds the bottom dust flap at the rear.
After folding the back dust flap, the carton comes to the cartoning station, the air cylinder drives the pushrod pushing the product and leaflet into the carton.
Then, the photoelectric eye checks whether the carton is empty, if it is not empty, the carton moves forward to the front dust flap folding station.
After folding the front dust flap, the cartoner begins to fold the carton’s closing panels on both sides.
In this station, an emboss coder is optional to print the batch number and date on the closing panel.
After folding the closure panel, the carton passes through the three stations of tuck flap folding, tuck flap inserting, and carton closing, then cartoning process is over.
After the finished carton passes the open flap rejection station’s inspection, it comes out from the horizontal end load cartoner’s discharge belt.
This is the detailed workflow of the horizontal cartoning machine, different manufacturers 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 growth for daily necessities, fast moving consumer goods, and medicines is significant.
Thus 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 technology of horizontal cartoning.
Horizontal Auto Cartoner
When the horizontal cartoning machine’s carton blank quantity in the magazine is small, it requires a worker to add more carton blank.
Because of this, the horizontal cartoner is still not fully auto cartoner.
Now, some manufacturers have released new horizontal cartoning machines, such machines are capable of refilling carton blanks automatically.
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