What does a horizontal cartoner do?
The operation of a horizontal cartoning machine, or horizontal cartoner, is quite simple. The cartoner process begins with taking flat, side seamed cartons one by one from an inline horizontal carton magazine feeder. Each carton is erected squarely into a carton carrier mounted to a carousal conveyor. Once in place, the carton bottom flaps are folded closed and sealed. The cartons are delivered to the loading area where they meet the product tray.
Product is either placed by hand or automatically into a product tray. The trays move to the product load station where product is pushed from the tray into the carton. If required, an overhead confiner will come down to hold the product in place as it is pushed into the carton. Once the carton is filled, the top flaps are plowed closed and sealed, and then the finished carton is discharged from the machine.
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Horizontal cartoners come standard with a carton magazine. The carton magazine’s function is to supply cartons to the rotary feeder, on demand, by a simple feed system. We offer extended magazines to handle your operational needs.
Functioning as a transit, the rotary feeder picks flat cartons from the face of a magazine and erects them into the cartoner’s carton carrier pocket. A 3-head rotary comes standard on our equipment. However, we have a 4-head rotary available to meet specific speed requirements and a 2-head rotary for custom carton applications.
We have a variety of reciprocal carton placers to handle a multitude of unique carton styles, from octagon shaped cartons to custom fifth panel cartons. We can work with your carton suppliers to tweak carton designs for automation.
The long cut volumetric filler is primarily used in the pasta industry, accommodating a wide variety of long cut shapes. The zigzag vibratory chimney feeder aids in accurately presenting the product to the volumetric gate where the product is measured and dropped into the tray below. Multiple units may be set up on one line with a master/slave control system for various flavors to be packaged together as one final product.
Irregular product flow can be adjusted with a random to timed infeed to stabilize product entering the machine. The conveyor belt will speed up or slow down the product to keep it in pitch with the machine. By synchronizing the infeed correctly, the equipment will perform at maximum potential.
Custom collation systems can be designed and manufactured to collate your product and present it to our machine. Whether it’s a multi-lane random infeed leading to a counting system or a simple sweep design to stack trays onto one another, our engineers are proficient at creating dynamic collating systems.
Our horizontal cartoners are designed with the flexibility to be integrated with any auxiliary equipment your product may require, which may include bag machines, robots, pouch infeeds, code daters, glue systems, vision systems, or other.
We have experience with a multitude of products and packages. We’ve designed many product and pouch handling features specific for customer needs - conveying, mixing and blending, pick and place, counting, and more. Let us know what you want to put in a carton and we'll figure out how to automate it.
The base equipment across all of our lines utilize the same framework and theory, allowing for us to focus on the part that matters – the best way to handle your products. Our equipment development starts with you. We form an ongoing relationship with our customers and their product lines, finding the preferred practices to produce the best looking packages while maintaining the integrity and consistency of the product inside the packaging.
Almost all of our feature options are standardized equipment. Combining these standard features in the right combination, we can create a machine custom for your specific product, package, and speed. We can also provide machines with the intention to grow. As a result of our dedication to growth, you can start off with a hand-load machine now and add any of the options later to increase automation.
Stop Wasting Product
Standard programming for No Product/No Carton and No Carton/Product Bypass. This ensures that product and packages aren't wasted.
Work on Equipment Safely
Separate high and low voltage electrical enclosures allows you to perform maintenance and repairs under power without being exposed to dangerous high voltages.
Clean and Maintain with Ease
Open frame design allows debris to fall straight to the floor without obstruction and lexan guard doors are designed to lift off of optimal access during maintenance and cleaning.
Tuck and Seal
|Model A||Model B||Model C||Model D||Model E|
|Standard Carton Sizes
Length of Opening x
|6 Size Ranges Between
MIN .75" x .25" x 1.25"
MAX 7.75" x 2.5" x 11"
|4 Size Ranges Between
MIN 2" x .75" x 2.5"
MAX 11" x 3.5" x 12"
|2 Size Ranges Between
MIN 5" x 2.5" x 6"
MAX 16" x 9" x 17"
|Extended Carton Sizes
Length of Opening x
|MAX 7.75" x 7.5" x 11"
||MAX 11" x 10.5" x 12"
||MAX 16" x 12" x 17"
Actual Rates Determined
|Variable to 533/cpm||Variable to 1,166/cpm||Variable to 180/cpm||Variable to 360/cpm||Variable to 75/cpm|
|Electrical Power Requirements||Wired To Your Plant's Specifications|
|Pneumatic Power Requirements||Approx. 8 CFM 80 psi|