Automated Carton Erectors

The Distribution Factor

Helpful Information and Ideas for the Distribution Professional

 

Volume II, Number 1, January 19, 2007

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Carton erectors make cartons automatically. Keep in mind that although they form the boxes automatically, a human operator must still be available to a) feed the machine with box flats and b) to adjust the machine and clear jams. The best applications use machines dedicated to a particular carton size, although machines can be set up to switch between more than one size. A big difference between manual and automated box forming, is that box flats must be manufactured to precise tolerances, or jams may occur.

Carton erectors may justify themselves strictly based on the reduction of repetitive motion injuries causing by the box forming activity. More commonly, they can justify themselves based on labor savings. In order to save money, it is important that the newly formed boxes go directly into your order selection operation, usually by being inducted onto a conveyor automatically. If boxes need to be taken from the machine and stacked, the labor justification become much more of a challenge.

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