Vertical Cartoning Machine
The vertical cartoning machine is a kind of secondary packaging machine, with PLC control and stepper motor drive, it top loads biscuits, blister packs, bottles, cosmetics, medicines, pouches, sachets, seeds, tubes, etc., into small folding cartons precisely.
Generally, there are 2 types of vertical rotary cartoners, one is continuous motion, and the other is intermittent motion.
Of course, the vertical continuous motion cartoner is faster and more efficient, but its price is also much higher.
SiroSilo mainly promotes vertical intermittent cartoning machines.
The cam indexer drives the starwheel and keeps it rotating 360 degrees.
As the indexer switches between motion and pause, thus realizes step-by-step vertical cartoning.
The vertical rotary cartoner includes 12 stations, 9 working stations, and 3 reserved stations (7#, 10#, 12#).
These 9 working stations are:
- Erect the carton blank to the starwheel
- Fold the bottom dust flaps
- Fold the bottom closing panel
- Insert the bottom tuck flap
- Top load product
- Fold the top dust flaps
- Fold the top closing panel
- Insert the top tuck flap
- Output closed carton
After setting parameters on the touch screen, press the “Start” button, and the vertical rotary cartoner starts to work.
The English touch screen is already available, we could also customize your mother language as per your request.
Then, the auto cartoner machine erects and positions the carton to the loading station, and operators or collaborative robots fill items into the carton subsequently.
Manual or automatic product loading is optional for your choice. This auto cartoning machine supports 2 workers loading at the same time.
For automatic product loading, we will customize a suitable feeder according to your product shapes, types, and primary packaging styles……
The blank magazine could pre-store max. 600 pcs carton blanks (depends on blank thickness), then you don’t need to add blanks frequently.
Besides, you could loosen the carton magazine’s fixing screws, then you’re able to place carton blanks of different widths and heights.
Supported Carton Styles
SiroSilo vertical cartoner machine supports different carton styles, such as the following 5 types, one machine handles one style only.
- Straight Tuck
As shown in the following photo, the top and bottom tuck flaps are on the same side.
- Reverse Tuck
It’s similar to a straight tuck box, only the top and bottom tuck flaps are on different sides.
- Snap Lock Bottom
We also call it bottom lock or 1 2 3 bottom boxes, one side bottom lock panel inserts into the other side.
- Crash Bottom
Crash bottom folding cartons are actually auto-bottom or auto-lock bottom folding cartons. It is a top tuck, while the bottom is self-locking.
- Hotmelt Closure
Nowadays, in the pharma, medicine, and blister packaging process, the hot melt glue closure partly replaces the tuck-in closure.
In terms of the current cartoning machines market, horizontal cartoner machines are relatively more popular.
However, the horizontal cartoning machine couldn’t box all products, such as scattered screws, hardware, car light bulbs, and liquid bags.
At this time, the vertical cartoning equipment is a good choice, it is capable of packing the above items.
SiroSilo top load cartoner is worthy of your trust, it already occupies North American and European markets.
In order to occupy North American and European markets, SiroSilo designs and manufactures this packing machine with high standards.
And SiroSilo equips it with famous components, such as Delta, Schneider, Festo, and so on.
Moreover, SiroSilo installs an air tank and a low air pressure alarm on this packaging machinery, air tank works as a backup air source, it ensures stable air pressure;
When the air pressure is low, the alarm reminds the operator to deal with the problem.
Code printer, leaflet inserter, or hot melt adhesive system are optional, if you need any of them, please feel free to tell us.
All because of the following features, SiroSilo vertical rotary cartoner could pack so many different products.
- Compact footprint and reasonable structure, simple operation & maintenance;
- Graphic touch screen HMI, PLC control, high precision;
- Photoelectric eye detects empty packing, maximizes material savings;
- Custom starwheel for cartons of different sizes;
- Robust stainless steel frame;
- Overload protection drive motor, safer and more reliable;
- Optional safety cover protects the operator;
- Linkable with multi head weighing machine, metal detector, checkweigher, case erector, bag inserter, case packer machine, robotic palletizing machine, etc.;
- Custom carton feeders and product loading systems for your choice;
- Optional hot melt closure system.
In addition to the previously mentioned products, SiroSilo custom vertical cartoner is also widely applied in the following industries for packing lots of items.
Blisters, oral liquids, ampoules, vials, pharmaceutical granules, plasters, ointments, aerosols, etc.;
Ice cream, egg rolls, bread, coffee sachet, seasoning mix, milk powder, etc.;
- Everyday Chemicals
Toothpaste, soap, cosmetics, facial mask, cream, lipstick, mosquito coil, etc.;
- Hardware & Electrical Appliances
Bearings, bulbs, switches, sockets, relays, chargers, etc.;
- Auto Parts
Spark plugs, filters, piston rings, automotive bulbs, automotive electrical appliances, etc.;
Plastic wrap, disposable film gloves, plastic products, etc.;
- Stationery & Entertainment
Pens, staplers, staples, inkpad, glue, correction fluid, playing cards, puzzles, toys, handicrafts, etc.;
- Personal Care
Paper towels, sanitary napkins, pads, cotton pads, etc.
Dutch Client Case
On Jun 23, 2021, we received an inquiry from a Dutch customer.
He wants to buy a rotating small vertical cartoner, then use it to pack plant seeds.
This client also needs weight dosing equipment, which could drop 250-1000 grams of seeds each time.
So we recommend multihead weigher machine to him.
If you plan to customize a vertical rotary cartoner recently, please send us an inquiry.
Welcome you to visit our factory.
Or you can video call us through WhatsApp, then we could lively broadcast our factory to you.
If the factory happens to be testing a custom vertical cartoner, we could lively show it to you online.
Vertical Cartoning Machine Ultimate FAQ Guide
- What is Cartoning System?
- Cartoning Machine Working Principle
- Cartoning Process
- Auto Cartoner VS Semi Automatic Cartoner
- Vertical Cartoner VS Horizontal Cartoner
- Continuous Motion Cartoner VS Intermittent Cartoning Machine
- Robotic Cartoner
- Hot Sale Cartoning Equipment
- Cartoning Machine Manufacturer
- Cartoner Machine Price
What is Cartoning System?
Cartoning systems are actually cartoners that erect the carton blank into a tube shape, top or side load contents to the erected carton, then seal the packaged carton with tuck-in or hot glue closure, which are automated packaging systems widely used in food and pharmaceutical industries.
Cartoning Machine Working Principle
There are certain differences in the working principles of the vertical rotary cartoning machine and the automatic horizontal cartoning machine, although their basic operation steps are roughly the same, including:
Carton blank pick-and-place, carton erecting, product conveying, product filling, and carton sealing.
For vertical rotary cartoning machines, these steps are all completed on a rotary table;
For the automatic horizontal cartoning machine, the product and the carton are respectively located on two synchronous conveyor belts driven by servo motors.
And the chains underneath these conveyors rotate along the direction of the product flow. Those basic steps are completed during each chain rotation cycle.
Cartoner equipment generally works according to the following 6 steps:
- Pick-up Carton Blank
- Erect Carton
- Transport Carton
- Fill Carton
- Seal Carton
- Output Closed Carton
As shown in the drawing below, which indicates the vertical cartoning process.
For the side load cartoner, it absorbs a carton blank from the magazine, separates and erects the blank, then positions the erected carton to the conveyor belt.
Following the conveyor belt transmission, the horizontal end load cartoner completes the whole cartoning process step-by-step.
With reference to the following photo, you could understand more about the horizontal cartoning process.
Auto Cartoner VS Semi Automatic Cartoner
The auto cartoner and semi automatic cartoner adopt different modes of product loading.
For semi automatic cartoner, a worker is like a lover who accompanies by side, feeding it with products continuously;
With regard to auto cartoner, it co-works with collaborative robots, pushrods, etc. for product loading, the whole cartoning process doesn’t need manual involvement.
No doubt, semi automatic cartoner’s price is cheaper. Although its working efficiency couldn’t match the auto cartoner, if your local labor cost is relatively low, it is still very suitable for you.
After all, semi automatic cartoners are relatively simpler than auto cartoners, their maintenance is really easier.
If you are in favor of high speed cartoning machine, then your first choice is definitely the auto cartoner. Although the maintenance takes more time and resources, its higher packaging efficiency makes up for them.
Vertical Cartoner VS Horizontal Cartoner
Regarding the difference between vertical cartoners and horizontal cartoners, please just remember 2 words, one is ‘top load’, and the other is ‘end load’.
Vertical top load cartoners erect the folding carton with the open end up for easy product loading, in theory, it is suitable for packaging any product that will fall with gravity, and is often used for packing powder, granular, seeds, oral liquid, etc.;
Horizontal end load cartoners form the carton box with the opening to the side, the opening faces perpendicular to the ground, it generally applies in cosmetics, soap, toothpaste, and blister packing.
- Vertical Cartoner Pros
Small footprint, now it is capable of cartoning many products after long-time development, and its price is cheaper than horizontal cartoner;
- Horizontal Cartoner Pros
Wide range of applications, is very stable, and is especially suitable for packaging products of specific shapes.
Its speed could reach 1000+ cartons/min, efficiency is really quite high.
When choosing between the two, please consider your product, carton style, loading type, budget, and machine manufacturer, etc.
Continuous Motion Cartoner VS Intermittent Cartoning Machine
Whether there is a pause when loading products determines the difference between a continuous motion cartoner and an intermittent cartoning machine.
When the intermittent cartoning machine is loading the product, the carton carrier will pause for a while and motion again after content loading is completed, one motion & one pause is one cartoning cycle.
When the continuous motion cartoner is running, the product loading is carried out uninterruptedly, and other motions such as blank pick-and-place, carton erecting & sealing also run as usual.
Intermittent cartoning machines generally difficult to break through 80 boxes/min., after reaching this speed, their operation stability will start to be a bit unacceptable. And 80-150 boxes/minute is a speed range for the transition from intermittent to continuous cartoning.
When the speed reaches 150 or above, it is theoretically continuous, and the continuous motion cartoner is also known as high speed cartoning machine, which runs much faster than intermittent motion one.
Of course, the price of a continuous motion cartoner is higher, and its preparation work before starting the machine is more complicated and requires a higher skill level of operators.
Robotic cartoners are generally equipped with programmable robotic arms for product picking and placing.
In a top load robotic cartoner, the robot arm picks the product up and puts it directly into the top open carton.
In side load robotic cartoners, the robotic arm grabs the product and puts it into the bucket conveyor, which then goes ahead to the cartoning station, where a pusher or barrel cam loader inserts the product into the side-opening carton.
Hot Sale Cartoning Equipment
Combined with data from Google Keyword Planner and our shipment statistics, the following cartoning equipment is hot.
The video below was taken for a customer in Egypt to test a stick biscuit cartoning line, an automatic cartoning line consisting of a horizontal flow wrapper and a horizontal end load cartoner.
In the video, our testers are feeding the conveyor belt instead of the upstream production equipment, when the customer receives the machine, he just needs to connect his stick biscuit making equipment to the infeed conveyor belt.
A customer in Guangdong Province, China, approached SiroSilo for a fully automatic facial cream bottle cartoner in July 2022.
After the machine ran successfully at the customer’s facility, we shot the following promotional video with the customer’s permission.
As you could see in the video, the customer’s cream filling machine is connected to the inlet of our SiroSilo end load cartoner via a conveyor belt.
The cream bottles are automatically fed by a pusher, then our SiroSilo side load cartoner completed the subsequent processes of carton erecting, bottle loading, and carton sealing.
Foods packaged with cartoning machines include snack pouch bags, frozen food wraps, coffee sachets, biscuit pouches, mooncakes, etc.
On the eve of the Mid-Autumn Festival in 2022, a domestic mooncake factory asked us to customize a mooncake cartoner. Our customized cartoner loads the bagged moon cakes into the customer’s white cartons.
As you could see from the video below, the customer arranged for a worker manually feed the mooncake pouch to the conveyor belt, its carton style is straight tuck.
Most of the blister packs in the pharmaceutical industry are sold in cartons, and the blister cartoner packs the blisters into the carton, it usually works in conjunction with a blister vacuum forming machine or a blister thermoforming machine.
But some customers purchase the horizontal blister cartoner shown in the following video separately.
In China, where fast food is becoming more and more popular, the demand for the cartoning of frozen pizza, prepared dishes, dumplings, and sausages is also rising.
Because frozen pizza is easy to dissolve at room temperature, the speed of the pizza cartoner should be as fast as possible, then it is convenient to send the packaged pizza box to the cold storage quickly.
We tested a customized pouch cartoner for a Malaysian customer on August 16, 2016.
Before testing, we bought a lot of snack food pouches.
After putting these pouches into the bucket conveyor, we started the machine for testing and recorded the testing video below, then sent it to the customer for confirmation.
Many customers purchase sachet cartoning machines when they need to pack sachets of products into secondary packaging cartons. These products include:
- Mouth Freshener
- Milk Powder
- Nutrition Powder
Relatively speaking, horizontal cartoners are more suitable for sachet cartoning because the number of sachets is relatively large, the cartoner manufacturer could customize a larger capacity bucket to accommodate several or a dozen sachets at the same time.
As shown in the video above of the sachet cartoner in motion, each bucket contains 7 honey sachets. You could arrange for staff to place the sachet pouches into the bucket or introduce a robotic arm or custom automatic feeder to place a certain number of sachets instead for higher automation & lower labor cost.
The German company IWK has developed and launched a continuous motion soap cartoning machine, whose speed is up to 1000+ CPM, a speed that makes our Chinese suppliers worship.
SiroSilo soap cartoner could only reach a speed of 300 CPM, and the video below shows the horizontal soap cartoner in motion.
The front soap bar enters the feeding station under the pushing force of the soap bars behind them, and a pushrod pushes the front soap bar into the cartoner’s bucket.
The soap bar follows the bucket conveyor all the way forward through the product loading, flaps folding, and carton sealing stations, and finally complete the cartoning.
The toothpaste cartoning machine automatically completes the process of blank picking up, carton erecting, carton forming, toothpaste inserting, dust flaps folding, carton closing, and closed carton outputting.
It is very popular in the daily chemical industry. This kind of horizontal end load cartoner is quite suitable for secondary packaging of conditioners, facial cleansers, electric toothbrushes, hair dyeing creams, ointments, razors, and other tubular products.
The toothpaste cartoning machine is customizable with automatic toothpaste feeding, automatic inner tray picking up & placing, leaflet inserting, code printing, waste ejecting, etc. With inner tray picking up & placing, it is capable of packing products into both ordinary cartons & inner tray cartons.
It is also connectable with other upstream and downstream equipment, such as a filling machine, combination weigher, cellophane film overlapping machine, case erector, case packer, etc.
Both vertical cartoning machines and horizontal cartoning machines are capable of vial packaging.
Take a look at the following video of a vial rotary cartoning machine in operation.
A large number of vials arrive at the cartoning station after being sorted by the lane divider, and then the Yamaha robot picks up two rows of 10 vials and loads them into the carton with the inner tray. This rotary cartoning machine also integrates a leaflet inserting function, with a leaflet folding machine next to it.
If you need to pack individual vials into cartons and require fast packing speeds, consider the continuous motion vial cartoning machine shown in the video below.
Cartoning Machine Manufacturer
The cartoner machine is very common in food, medicines, cosmetics, and daily necessities packaging.
Because of this, there are many cartoner machine manufacturers all over the world.
The list below includes the most famous cartoner packaging machine manufacturers all over the world.
- bradman lake
- clybourn cartoner
- pure pak
- ra jones
These cartoner packaging machine manufacturers have been in this niche for many years, and the quality of their carton packaging machines is top of the world.
Cartoner Machine Price
The cartoning machine price depends on its type, cartoning speed, etc.
In different markets, the price of cartoning equipment is different.
The cheapest European or American cartoning equipment costs RMB300,000 (USD$46,875.00), and the high-end one costs USD$234,375.00-USD$250,000.00.
No doubt, the price of our Chinese cartoner equipment is more competitive, please contact us to get a quote for comparison.
Vertical Cartoning Machine
What is Vertical Cartoning Machine?
The vertical cartoner is a type of packaging machine, it converts carton blanks into folding cartons for top loading products.
For product loading, either a worker manually top loads to the folding carton, or a collaborative robot automatically finishes it.
2 types of vertical cartoners are optional, one is continuous motion and the other is intermittent motion.
The carton carrier of the vertical continuous motion cartoner is always moving, as the video below demonstrates.
After the carton blanks are erected and placed on the equipment’s rotary balcony conveyor, they follow the conveyor until the carton is sealed, without any pause in between.
The carton carrier of a vertical intermittent cartoning machine must pause in motion each time it is loading the product until the cartoning is complete.
Continuous Motion VS Intermittent Motion
The vertical continuous motion cartoner has a faster cartoning speed and a higher price.
- Continuous Motion
Work continuously without pause, the maximum cartoning speed could reach 1000 boxes/min.
Under high-speed working conditions, its cartoning stability is still very well.
Many customers purchased it because of its high speed.
- Intermittent Motion
When the vertical intermittent caroning machine is working, the starwheel switches between motion and stillness.
One switch is a cartoning cycle, the cartoning speed is generally 40-100 cartons/min.
When the speed exceeds 100 cartons/min, its stability is poor, hard to realize normal cartoning.
After actual testing, vertical cartoner has the ability to pack many different products.
Please check the table below, it displays the packable products on vertical rotary cartoning machine.
If your product is special, please contact us to discuss customization possibilities.
Vertical Cartoning Machine Manufacturers
The following table shows some vertical cartoning machine manufacturers and suppliers.
These vertical cartoning equipment manufacturers are the top players in the niche.
Their carton packaging equipment has the highest quality, thus its price is correspondingly high.
Vertical Rotary Cartoning Machine Operation Guidance
SiloSilo vertical rotary cartoning machine is highly dependent on the 360° rotation starwheel, one cycle equals one cartoning finish.
The rotary starwheel includes 12 stations, except for 3 reserved stations, you need to set up the other 9 stations first.
To better understand the operation of this vertical rotary cartoning machine, please watch the following video for reference.
7 Factors for Purchasing Vertical Rotary Cartoner
It is not always right to choose an expensive vertical rotary caroner.
You’d better purchase a vertical rotary cartoner that suits your packaging line.
So, what factors should you consider when buying a vertical rotary cartoner?
Its structure should be robust and durable, thus it can resist external forces and vibrations, adapting to the harsh work environment.
Therefore, please make sure the vertical cartoner equips with high-quality components.
If you plan to integrate the vertical rotary cartoning machine into your packaging line, you need to know the left space in your line.
If the left space is limited, then you can only buy a smaller footprint cartoner.
In short, compare several types of vertical rotary cartoning machines, and choose one of the best sizes.
Integration with Upstream/Downstream Equipment
Make sure your ordered vertical rotary cartoner matches the upstream/downstream equipment.
Because a packaging line includes various other machines, such as combination weighers, metal detectors, upstream FFS machines, downstream case packers & palletizers.
If a supplier can customize the vertical rotary cartoner as you like, the final machine certainly meets your actual packaging requirements.
You should also consider the supplier’s industry experience, and make sure the supplier takes care of all your requirements.
And the supplier’s reputation in the niche is also important, please confirm whether his financial situation is stable.
Customers demand fast delivery, they always require the supplier to deliver the machine within the agreed deadline.
You can check the supplier’s production plan from time to time, to ensure all steps are smooth.
After you install the vertical rotary cartoning machine in your factory, the supplier should provide technical support as you request.
The supplier shares the user manual, and guidance video with you, or directly video calls with you to solve your problem.
If you request, the supplier should assign a technician to troubleshoot your issues at your site.
SiroSilo is such a reliable vertical rotary cartoner supplier, please contact us to customize your dreamy vertical top load cartoner.