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Selecting a Case Packer

Case Packer Configurations

Automated case packing equipment erects, loads and seals cases in a range of configurations: top load, side load, bottom load or wrap around. Before selecting an automatic system, manufacturers need to determine the best method of case packing for their production needs. Available floor space for the equipment, required production speeds, infeed requirements (depending on what is being case packed) and amount of training required for personnel are all important parameters that must be taken into consideration when selecting an automatic case packer.

Top Load Case Packers from ESS Technologies CEL5-SL Side Load Case Packer with FANUC Robot
Top Load Case Packer Side Load Case Packer
Model CEL5-BL Bottom Load Case Packer Wrap Around Case Packers from ESS Technologies
Bottom Load Case Packer Wrap Around Case Packer

Other Considerations

Other factors to consider when selecting a case packer include equipment footprint, speed, and equipment flexibility. Side load and wrap around case packers tend to have a slightly smaller footprint than top load solutions, but the robotic system offers more choices as to what shape the equipment footprint can take. This is an advantage for placing equipment into facilities with very narrow space or a space that is not symmetrical (such as L-shaped). Top load bottom load, and wrap around case packers tend to have an advantage of speed over side load case packers. Ultimately, product handling dictates the choice for case packer.
Product Flow for Top Loading Case Packers Side Load Case Packer Product Flow
Top Load Case Packer Product Flow Side Load Case Packer Product Flow
Bottom Load Case Packer Process Flow Wrap Around Case Packer Product Flow
Bottom Load Case Packer Product Flow Wrap Around Case Packer Product Flow

Case Packer Comparison Chart

  Top Load Case Packer Side Load Case Packer Bottom Load Case Packer Wrap Around Case Packer
Equipment Specifications ESS Model Number(s) V30, V30HS, V30P, CEL5 CEL5-SL CEL5-BL WA10, WA30
Changeover Time 15-20 Minutes 15-20 Minutes 15-20 Minutes 15-20 Minutes
Speed (cases per minute) Up to 22 Up to 10   Up to 30
Automation Type Robotic Automation w/ quick release connections Hard Automation w/ tool-free changeover Robotic Automation w/ quick release connections Hard Automation w/ tool-free changeover
Max Case Sizes (A x B x C, mm) 550 x 350 x 350 500 x 350 x 350 500 x 350 x 350 500 x 350 x 250
Products Handled Cartons (single or bundles) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bottles Yes No Yes Yes
Bottles w/ Topserts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bottles w/ Sideserts Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spray Pump Bottles No No Yes No
F-Style Jugs Yes No Yes Yes
Trays of Products Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tubes (single or bundles) Yes No Yes No
Cans and Jars Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bags Yes Yes No No
Sachets Yes No   No
Features Balcony Design Yes Yes Yes Yes
Servo Drive Technology Yes Yes Yes Yes
Touchscreen HMI Yes Yes Yes Yes
Options Integrated Palletizer Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tape or Glue Closure Yes Yes Yes Glue Only
Case Coding/Labeling Yes Yes Yes Yes
Integrated Serialization Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
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