Vertical Cartoning Machines | Yeaman Machine

What does a vertical cartoner do?

The operation of a vertical cartoning machine, or vertical cartoner, is quite simple. The cartoner process begins with taking flat, side seamed cartons one by one from a vertical carton magazine feeder. Each carton is placed by a vacuum powered rotary carton feeder into a carton "pocket" mounted to a carousal conveyor. Next, the carton bottom flaps are folded closed and sealed, employing a variety of closure styles. The cartons are then proceed to an area ample enough to hand-load or automatically load product into the cartons from both sides of the machine. After the load area, the top flaps are plowed closed and sealed, and then the finished carton is discharged from the machine.

Vertical Cartoning

Top Load Applications

Vertical cartoners are known for filling loose or free-flowing products such as pasta, rice, candy, and powders.

But they are capable of so much more.

Bags of cereal, stick packs of yogurt, sticky dried fruits, bottles of vitamins and more can be properly handled to load into cartons. This can be done by hand, with an auger, net weigh scale, combination weigher, volumetric cup filler, or custom robotic automation. We can assess your application to find the best way to carefully and efficiently transfer your product into the cartons.

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Vertical 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. Or in the event that there is a restriction on space, our gravity carton magazines are a perfect alternative.

Functioning as a transit, the rotary feeder picks flat cartons from the face of a magazine and erects them into the cartone'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.

Our settlers are essentially a vibrating rail used to improve product settlement inside a carton. These rails may be located on either side of the machine, at the end radius, or in a combination of locations. After strict testing, the location and the length of the settling rails will be determined. The entire length of the machine may be increased to accommodate necessary settling time.

The purpose of the tilt-tray conveyor is to insert pouches, bags, coupons, or other items into the carton by means of a tilting tray. Products are placed into trays on the conveyor either by hand or by automated equipment. The trays then pass through a cam which tilts them up at a pre-determined angle, causing the product to slide out of the tray directly into the carton or a chute called a transfer spout.

We manufacture both a radial volumetric cup filler, and an inline volumetric cup filler, to satisfy a variety of size and speed requirements. The Yeaman volumetric filler is simple in operation, is easily maintained, and provides smooth product distribution.

The counting plate filler is a great option for 1-10 counts of hard candies or tablets. These products can be filled at rates up 1,166/cpm on a high speed vertical cartoner.

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. A pasta cutting knife can also be incorporated to cut the pasta from 10" to 5" inch before loading into the pouch.

Depending on your product and speed, we have an arsenal of product transfers to get your product where it needs to go. With spout ovals, radial spouts, swing spouts, diving spouts and more we have the ability to efficiently handle 90-degree product transfers at rates up to 1,166/cpm.

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 vertical cartoners are designed with the flexibility to be integrated with any auxiliary equipment your product may require, which may include augers, combination scales, net weighers, volumetric cup fillers, 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.

Feature Options

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 easily removed for optimal access during maintenance and cleaning.

Building Block Design

Fully Convertible for Your Needs Today, Tomorrow,
and the Future

Our knack for simplicity coupled with our expertise in filling and handling has led us to design our equipment so that all features can easily bolt-on. To adjust to your needs, you may add auxiliary equipment from the Yeaman Arsenal, or your own at any point in your equipment's lifetime. You can create different configurations by adding and removing product and package handling features. In essence, you can convert your machine to run loose fill, stick packs, kits and more all on a single machine!

Quick Changeovers

Change Carton Carrier Pockets

5-10 min

Adjust Carriage Height

1-2 min

Adjust Carton Magazine

2-5 min

Change Recipes

5-10 min


Standard Seal


Auto Bottom


Tuck and Seal


Reverse Fold


Fifth Panel


Reverse Tuck


Economy Seal


Straight Tuck


Gable Top


Sift Proof

Model A Model B Model C Model D Model E
Standard Carton Sizes

Length of Opening x
Width of Opening x
Depth of Carton

6 Size Ranges Between

MIN    .75" x .25" x 1.25"
MAX    7.75" x 2.5" x 11"
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4 Size Ranges Between

MIN    2" x .75" x 2.5"
MAX   11" x 3.5" x 12"
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2 Size Ranges Between

MIN    5" x 2.5" x 6"
MAX   16" x 9" x 17"
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Extended Carton Sizes

Length of Opening x
Width of Opening x
Depth of Carton

MAX    7.75" x 7.75" x 11"
MAX    11" x 11" x 12"
MAX    16" x 16" x 17"

Actual Rates Determined
By Product and Method of Fill

Variable to 533/cpm Variable to 1,166/cpm Variable to 180/cpm Variable to 360/cpm Variable to 75/cpm
  • Continuous
  • Intermittent
  • Both
  • Continuous
  • Continuous
  • Intermittent
  • Both
  • Continuous
  • Continuous
  • Intermittent
  • Both
Machine Sizes

Length x Width

145" x 76" 155" x 86" 216" x 94" 228" x 106" 372" x 188"
Additional Length Increments

May Be Required Based
On Product and Method of Fill

15" 30" 18.75" 37.5" 37.5"
Working Elevation

Where Product Enters the Carton

36" 40" 50"
Standard Construction
  • Steel Base Frame with Powder Coat Finish
  • Stainless Steel, Hard Coat Anodized Aluminum, or UHMW Product Contact Surfaces
Optional Construction
  • Wipe Down
  • Wash Down
  • Caustic Wash Down
  • Allen Bradley PLC
  • Allen Bradley PanelView Color HMI
Electrical Power Requirements Wired To Your Plant's Specifications
Pneumatic Power Requirements Approx. 8 CFM 80 psi
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