- Posted January 3, 2015 by
Automated Case Packing Systems
Case packing equipment substantially reduces expensive and time consuming human labor on industrial packaging lines says Econocorp Inc., a popular cartoning and casepacking manufacturer in the US. There are three main types of case packing systems available. Two systems place the items being packaged in cartons while the third actually forms a carton from sheets of cardboard around the items to be packaged.
For Packing Anything Semi-Automatically With Limited Operator Involvement
Semi-automatic case packing machines load the items to be packaged from a conveyor into a device that places the product in the carton properly oriented. The sole step in this packing system that uses a human operator is placing the carton in the holder. With conventional packaging systems individual operators would handle the same products multiple times. With this semi-automated system, the operator never touches the product.
With cartons that range in size from 8 x 6 x 4 inches to 24 x 16 x 18 inches, and customizable product conformations, an almost limitless array of items can be packaged by these case packing machines. The packages leave the line and are delivered to an automated sealing or taping area, once again eliminating the need for human operators in the taping or sealing step.
When a facility packages a variety of products in containers that are in different shapes and materials such as cans and boxes, ease of resetting the packaging conformations is important. Not only does the carton size need to be changed, the way in which the items being packed are ordered needs to be adjusted for each new size and shape of box or can. A maximum of 600 units per hour can be packaged depending on a variety of factors.
For Automated Packing with Automatic or Manual Product Loading
Automated case packing takes a flattened carton form from a stack and erects it, the product can then be loaded into the carton by a human operator or by a machine loader (with the machine loader being an optional addition). The filled carton travels along the conveyor to an automatic taping or sealing device.
When the loading is done manually, there is one operator per line handling the product once. All of the other steps are automated. There is less flexibility than with the semi-automated system discussed above.
A maximum of 600 units per hour are packaged with this system, depending on various factors with the human loading the product into the boxes likely to be the speed limiting factor.
For Creating a Package around a Stack of Products
Up to 1200 units per hour can be packaged with this system which forms a carton around uniform stacks of a product that is traveling along the conveyer. The carton is formed using sheets of cardboard rather than loading items into a box, This process can work without any direct human involvement. After the carton forms around the product, the package is sealed.
When the size or shape of the materials to be encased changes, there would be some setup involved making this faster than the above systems but less flexible.