46 Cartoning Machine Parts for Effective Packaging Process

A cartoning machine is an assembly of various components and parts. Although this packaging machine may have hundreds of parts, today we will focus on the most common parts in most equipment.

Some of the most common components include:

1. Control Panel

Cartoning machine control panel is the home of its electronic interface. This is where the carton machine operation is centered. This panel makes it easier for operators to monitor the production process, to have parameters set, and to control the different functions of the cartoning machine.

Control Panel on Cartoning Machine
Control Panel on Cartoning Machine

2. Electric Motors

Electric motors in cartoning machines transform electrical energy into mechanical energy. This is done to ensure actions like conveyor belt movement, carton erector operation, and product inserter driving are achieved. It also helps in controlling the speed of the belt and conveyors as it helps in alignment of cartons.

Motor
Motor

3. Electric Panel

Electric panels of cartoning machines work as the brain of the machine. They oversee the central control, automation and feedback, distribution of power, safety management, diagnostics, and maintenance. These panels make sure all parts and systems of the machine work well together to make operations safe, reliable, and efficient.

Electric Panel
Electric Panel

4. Conveyors Belt

Conveyor belts in cartoning machines work by transporting, positioning, and synchronizing carton packaging movement through different packaging stages.

Conveyors Belt
Conveyors Belt

5. Conveying Table

Conveying tables are mostly part of the infeed, product transport, and discharge systems. The table works in facilitating product or carton movements through the different machine sections within the line of production.

Conveying Table
Conveying Table

6. Conveying Roller

Conveying rollers in cartoning machines move packaging materials or cartons along the assembly line during packaging. These rollers are positioned in a strategic way along conveyor systems to ensure movement and pace is well maintained across all stages of production.

Conveying Roller
Conveying Roller

7. Guide Rail

Guide rails ensure that cartons do not move or deviate as they move to other stations or sections during the packaging process.

Guide Rail
Guide Rail

8. Carton Chute

Carton chutes work by ensuring effective carton flow through packaging machines, which reduces jams or misalignments that can delay the production process. These chutes come with features to make them accommodate different carton shapes and sizes.

Chutes
Chutes

9. Carton Erector

Carton erectors prepares cartons by opening flat cartons into square or rectangular shapes to receive products. It also folds and locks carton bottom flaps.

Carton Erector
Carton Erector

10. Carton Closing

The carton closing part folds and seals the cartons top flaps. This will mostly involve the application of adhesives, locking, or tucking mechanisms, based on the method of sealing needed.

Carton Closing
Carton Closing

11. Lubrication System

Lubrication systems in these machines work by reducing friction and wear between all moving parts. This when done ensures operation is smooth and makes the machine last for long. This system delivers or sends lubricants like greases or oils to the important parts of the cartoning machine where friction takes place. This helps a lot to keep the machine running and safe.

Lubrication System
Lubrication System

 

12. Pneumatic System and Carton Packing tools

Pneumatic systems and carton packing tools work hand in hand to ensure cartoning machines work smoothly, automatically, and precisely. These parts offer power and control for all mechanical parts and actuators with compressed air.

Pneumatic System and Carton Packing Tools
Pneumatic System and Carton Packing Tools

13. A safety system

The safety system of a cartoning machine is a combination of different safety parts. Like:

14. Safety Guards and Covers

This system ensures that operators do not get into hazardous areas as the cartoning machine works. This reduces injury risks. Mostly they come with clear coverers, protective enclosures, etc.

Safety Guards and Covers
Safety Guards and Covers

15. Interlock Systems

Works by shutting down machines automatically or making it difficult for it to start if any cover or guard is not well closed. Therefore, these systems ensures that cartoning machines do not work in a condition that is not safe.

16. Emergency Stop Buttons

This part ensures that an immediate shutting down of the cartoning machine is possible when pressed. It helps to prevent the machine from damages or prevents accidents completely. It is mostly color red.

Emergency Buttons
Emergency Buttons

17. Safety Light Curtains

This safety light curtain moves into action when there is an interruption with the infrared beam. Immediately there is an interruption, the machine automatically stops to prevent all types of damages or injuries.

Safety Light Curtains
Safety Light Curtains

18. Two-hand Control

Most cartoning machines come with this two-hand control system. This helps in preventing operators from going into areas that are dangerous as the machine is running or starting. Two start buttons that need to be pressed at the same time identify this part.

Two Hand Control System
Two-Hand Control System

19. Safety Programmable Logic Controller

This safety part ensures safety inputs are well coordinated and response is reliable. These include emergency stops, interlocks, light curtains, etc.

Safety Programmable Logic Controller
Safety Programmable Logic Controller

20. Warning Lights and Alarms

This part alerts operators when there is a detection of malfunctions, unsafe conditions, or there is the need for instant checks to prevent any accident.

Warning Lights and Alarms
Warning Lights and Alarms

21. Inkjet Printers

This printer type in cartoning machines makes use of inkjet technology for printing. It is able to handle different printing tasks like printing logos, barcodes, and more.

Carton Inkjet Printer
Carton Inkjet Printer

22. Tuck-in Device

Tuck-in devices tuck in carton flabs for closing. This mostly comes in handy when cartons do not need adhesive sealing.

An Illustration of Tuck In Tucks in Carton Flaps
An Illustration of Tuck In Tucks in Carton Flaps

23. Glue System

This system works by applying glue to the ideal carton flaps for sealing. This system mostly is a combination of glue tanks, pumps, and applicator nozzles.

24. Sealing Wheels or Bars

Sealing wheels or bars in cartoning machines work by closing and sealing carton flaps securely after product filling is done. These parts are needed to ensure the safety of packaged products. In addition, they help to keep cartons sealed during handling, transportation, and storing.

Carton Sealer
Carton Sealer

25. Gearing and Transmission

Gearing and transmission components in cartoning machines work by moving and regulating power from the motor of the machine to its different parts. This ensures a well-put together and efficient operation system.

Gearing and Trans missioning Components
Gearing and Transmissioning Components

26. Bearings

Cartoning machine bearings work by supporting and facilitating all moving parts to rotate smoothly. They help in cutting down friction as rotation happens which makes machines work well.

Bearings
Bearings

27. Bushings

Cartoning machine bushings work by limiting friction, aiding linear motion, aligning, stability, absorbing vibrations, resisting wear, and ensuring that cartoning machines work smoothly, efficiently, and last for long.

Cartoning Machine Bushing
Cartoning Machine Bushing

28. Foot Screw

The actual function of foot screws where cartoning machines are concerned is to provide support and stability. It does this by adjusting machine height or making it leveled. When machine leveling is wrong, it affects the whole cartoning process. This is why foot screws help in anchoring machines to the floor safely to enhance consistency and performance as the process goes on.

Foot Screw
Foot Screw

29. Belt Holder

Belt holders in cartoning machines helps to keep conveyor belts well tensioned, in right contact with rollers, and aligned. With all this achieved, movement of cartons facilitated well, made smooth, and precise.

30. Switch

Switches in cartoning machines are controlling devices. They make it possible for operators to start and stop the machine. It is easier to change packaging processes within cartoning machines due to switches.

Switch
Switch

31. Tape Cartridge Holder

Tape cartridge holders in cartoning machines work by holding tape cartridges securely in their right place. In addition, they facilitate carton sealing during packaging.

Tape Cartridge Holder
Tape Cartridge Holder

32. Air Cylinder

Air cylinders provide cartoning machine parts with controlled rotary or linear motion to different parts of the machine. This enhances precision and positioning throughout the packaging process.

Air Cylinder
Air Cylinder

33. Handler

Cartoning machine handlers work by manipulating or handling cartons in machines. In addition, they load carton blanks, guide them through the process of packing, inserting cartons, and more.

 

34. Filter Relief Valve

Filter relief valves in cartoning machines work by regulating pressure, protection the different systems, keeping components safe and operational efficiency.

Filter Relief Valve
Filter Relief Valve

35. Carton Feeder

Carton feeders uses vacuum suction cups to take cartons from the carton magazine. Then, it has them moved onto the conveyor.

Carton Feeder
Carton Feeder

36. Tape Head

Tape heads are valuable in cartoning machines as they work to dispense, apply, cut, and ensure the right application of adhesive tapes to seal cartons perfectly.

37. Carton Magazine

The main duty of the carton magazine is to hold and feed flat and unassembled cartons into the cartooning machine. It does its best to ensure the supply of cartons are achieved in consistency to make the cartooning process a success.

38. Product Infeed System

This system is responsible for directing products that have to be packed towards ready cartons. This system mostly is a combination of robotic arms, belts, or chains, which depends on the machine design and type of product.

Product Infeed System
Product Infeed System

39. Product Inserter

Product inserters put products into open cartons through gravity, robotic inserting, or push method or mechanism. The mechanisms change based on the type of product and requirements for packaging.

40. Carton Transport Conveyor

Carton transport conveyors ensures that erected and filled cartons are moved precisely and consistent. This movement happens from one stage to the other, as the cartoning process is undergone. This part helps in keeping carton alignment and orientation precise through insertion, sealing, as well as labeling.

Carton Transport Conveyor
Carton Transport Conveyor

41. Discharge Conveyor Table

This part moves sealed and completed cartons to the next packaging stage.

Discharge Conveyor Table
Discharge Conveyor Table

42. Infeed Conveyor Table

This table is responsible for moving products to cartoning machines for carton insertions.

Infeed Conveyor Table
Infeed Conveyor Table

43. Date Code Printer

Date code printers print the date of manufacturing, expiry dates, batch numbers, or any valuable information on cartons.

44. Inspection System

Inspection systems ensures the packaging is done in a precise and high quality way. It checks for ideal placement, carton sealing, and the availability of all labels on cartons.

45. Reject Station

This station spots and gets rid of all cartons that have defects from the line of production. Such cartons can be because of wrong sealing, wrong product insertions, or even wrong labeling.

46. Sensors and Detection Systems

These systems monitor the different aspects of cartoning like product presence, right carton erection, sealing, and more. They also check to ensure all parts are working in cohesion.

Conclusion

As you can see, cartoning machine has many parts. However, if you want to know the exact parts, you should refer to the product manual.

At JOCHAMP, every cartoning machine comes with its unique manual. For any questions on carton packaging machines, contact us now.

More resources:

Cartoning Machine Working Principle – Source: JOCHAMP

Carton Folding Machine: The Ultimate Guide – Source: JOCHAMP

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