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Cartons are one of the most visible and important forms of packaging. They are prominent on the shelves of supermarkets and other retailers, and are a key element in FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) logistics, handling and product presentation.
Cartoners which erect, fill and seal on one machine are sometimes called Carton Form, Fill, Seal machines.
Cartoning machines are used in all fast moving consumer goods sectors but especially food, confectionery, tobacco, tea and coffee, pharmaceuticals, toiletries, cosmetics, household products and DIY.
Cartoning machines are particularly important in the non-carbonated beverages industry but it is important to recognise that while the Combibloc carton is produced on a variant of a mandrel cartoning machine the apparently similar Tetra Brik cartons are produced on special vertical form fill and seal machines.
Key considerations in deciding on which type of cartoning machine to use include budget, the materials you use (including your approach to sustainability), size of carton, throughput capacity, transport and your target market.
A cartoning machine or cartoner, is a packaging machine that forms cartons: erect, close, folded, side seamed and sealed cartons.
- Automatic Box Erectors (Available in standard and Stainless Steel Options)
- Semi-Automatic Box Erectors
- Pneumatic Box/Carton Erecting Machines
- Semi-Automatic Box Erector and Taping Machines
Packaging machines which form a carton board blank into a carton filled with a product or bag of products or number of products say into a single carton, after the filling, the machine engages its tabs / slots to apply adhesive and close both the ends of carton completely sealing the carton.
1) Horizontal cartoning machines
2) Vertical cartoning machines
A Horizontal Box Erecting Machine picks a single piece from a stack of folded carton and erects it, fills with a product or bag of products or number of products horizontally through an open end and closes by tucking the end flaps of the carton or applying glue or adhesive. The product might be pushed in the carton either through the mechanical sleeve or by pressurised air. For many applications however, the products are inserted into the carton manually. This type of Cartoning machine is widely used for packaging foodstuffs, confectionery, medicine, cosmetics, sundry goods, etc.
A Vertical Box Erector which erects a folded carton, fills with a product or number of products vertically through an open end and closes by either tucking the end flaps of the carton or applying glue or adhesive, is called an end load cartoning machine. Cartoning machines are widely used for packaging bottled foodstuffs, confectionery, medicine, cosmetics, etc., and can vary based on the scale of business.
A cartoning system is a machine that is used to package products into boxes or cartons. The system can form, fill, and seal the boxes, making it ideal for high-speed packaging operations.
Box erecting machines work by taking flat, folded boxes and unfolding them into their proper shape. The machine then uses suction cups or other mechanisms to hold the box in place while it is filled with products. This process can be done manually or automatically, depending on the type of machine.
An automatic carton/box erector machine is a type of box erecting machine that automatically forms and erects boxes without human intervention. These machines are ideal for high-speed packaging operations and can significantly increase efficiency and productivity.
There are several types of automatic box erecting machines, including horizontal cartoners, vertical cartoners, and end-load cartoners. Each type of machine has its own unique features and benefits, making it suitable for different packaging applications.
A case packer machine is a type of packaging machine that is used to pack products into cases or boxes. The machine can automatically form the case, pack the products, and seal the case, making it ideal for high-speed packaging operations. Case packers are commonly used in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.