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Selecting an Automatic Cartoner


Automatic Cartoning Machines from ESS Technologies, Inc.Automatic cartoners provide a means for packaging a wide variety of pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and consumer products. Cartoners come in two basic configurations: Horizontal cartoners, where the product is loaded into the carton from the side and vertical cartoners , where the product is loaded from the top. These machines are usually equipped with additional features such as Lot/Date code printers, leaflet inserters, and various infeed configurations.

The process of cartoning begins when the product enters the machine and is collated into a pack pattern. The machine selects a flat carton, which it opens and positions for product insertion. The carton flaps are folded and tucked, or the product moves to a sealing station where the carton is sealed using hot-melt glue.

Factors for Automatic Cartoner Selection

Proper cartoner selection depends on a number of variables, including:

  • the size of the product to be cartoned
  • the number of items to be packaged
  • the size of the carton itself
  • the required cartoning speed
  • the amount of available installation space
  • requirements for product and carton size changeover
  • integration of cartoner with other packaging machines
ESS Technologies, Inc. manufactures the SC Series horizontal cartoners and the VC Series top load cartoners. Both models handle carton sizes and shapes typical to the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and consumer goods industries. ESS Technologies project engineers have design expertise in specifying and integrating the model of automatic cartoner that meets the requirements of most any application.
Tuck Carton for Horizontal Loading of Product Auto-Bottom Carton for Top Loading Cartoners Glue Bottom Carton for Top Loading Cartoners
Tuck Carton for Horizontal Cartoner Auto-Bottom Carton for Vertical Cartoner Glue-Bottom Carton for Vertical Cartoner
Features and Benefits Options Industries Served
  • Continuous or Intermittent Motion Cartoners
  • Designed to Meet cGMP Requirements
  • Small Foot Print
  • Balcony Design
  • Cartoning Speeds from 10 to 200 Cartons per Minute (depending on the model)
  • Changeover <15-20 Minutes
  • Leaflet/Coupon/Booklet Insertion Options
  • Embossing or Ink Coding Device
  • Code Reader and Verification
  • Automatic Infeeder with Collation and Stacking
  • Extensions for Infeed Conveyors
  • Hot-melt Closure Unit
  • Carton Rejection
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Medical Devices
  • Diagnostics and Test Kits
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal Care Products
  • Consumer Packaged Goods

Cartoner Comparison Chart

Horizontal Cartoner Vertical Cartoner
Equipment Specifications Changeover Time — All Dimensions Change 15-20 Minutes 15-20 Minutes
Drive Type Servo Servo
Drive Motion Continuous or Intermittent Continuous or Intermittent
Carton Closure Type Tuck Flaps or Hot-Melt Glue Auto-Bottom or Tuck Top with Glue Bottom
Automation Type Hard Automation w/ tool-free changeover Robotic Automation w/ quick release connections
Products Handled Cans and Jars Yes Yes
Bottles Yes Yes
Bottles (can be tipped) Yes Yes
Bottles (cannot be tipped) No Yes
Bags and Pouches Yes Yes
Pharmaceutical Vials No Yes
Sachets Yes Yes
Tubes Yes Yes
Medical Devices Yes Yes
Multi-component Cartoning Yes Yes

Horizontal Cartoner Process

Tuck Cartons in a Carton Magazine Erecting a Reverse Tuck Carton Side Loading a Reverse Tuck Carton
Tuck Cartons in Magazine Erectiing Carton for Side Loading Servo Pusher Loads Product in Carton Tuck Flap Closure of Carton

Auto-bottomVertical Cartoner Process

Auto-Bottom Carton in Carton Magazine  Robotic Carton Erector Robotic Leaflet Inserter for Auto-Bottom Cartoner Top Flap Tuck and Fold Station for Auto-Bottom Cartons
Auto-Bottom Cartons in Magazine Robot Erecting Auto-Bottom Cartons Robotic Leaflet Insertion Tuck Flap Closure of Top of Carton

Glue-Bottom Vertical Cartoner Process

Carton Magazine for Glue-Bottom Cartons Erecting a Glue-Bottom Carton Robotic Loader for Top Loading Glue-Bottom Cartons Top Flap Closer For Glue-Bottom Cartons
Glue-Bottom Cartons in Magazine Erecting Glue-Bottom Cartons Robotic Product Top Loading Tuck Flap Closure of Carton
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