One of the most common ways to streamline your tube filling and sealing line is with an automatic cartoning machine. Cartoners are also a great way to increase the overall quality and appeal of your product packaging without adding much cost.

Most automated tube packaging operations will utilize a cartoner at the end of the production line. These cartoners are typically high-speed, constructing, packing, and closing anywhere from 60-180 cartons or packages per minute. Automatic cartoning machines are generally classified into two main categories, horizontal and vertical cartoning. 

Types of Cartoners and How They Work

Cartoners work by first transferring the flat carton from a hopper or magazine to the section of the machine where it is separated. Once open, the carton is folded to shape and sent to a station where a leaflet or brochure can be inserted. Finally, the carton is loaded with the product and closed with any desired seals.

The main difference between vertical and horizontal cartoning machines is the direction in which product is loaded. Both styles of cartoner are popular in the tube packaging industry. Horizontal cartoning machines are typically capable of reaching higher speeds. Vertical cartoners are ideal for more delicate products that can easily be pushed over or crushed.

Benefits of Cartoners

There are many benefits to cartoning your tubes that make cartoning machines a worthwhile consideration. Cartons give you even more space to advertise your product and allow you to place additional information or coupons inside. Additionally, cartons protect your tubes during transport and make them easier to display on the shelf.

For many businesses, the benefits of adding a cartoner to their production line greatly outweigh the costs of the machine. In most high-capacity production lines, you will find a robotic tube feeder loading an automatic filling and sealing machine. At the end of the line, it is typical to see a cartoner followed by another collaborative robot that is palletizing the finished products. Al of this results in a highly competitive output and an appealing product.