Fully automated cartoners perform various functions, from feeding to closing of the cartons filled with the products. The requirements for all components of these multi-talented devices are mostly complete freedom from the need for lubrication or maintenance, the lowest possible weight as well as precise and reliable motion sequences.
With reference to the packaging machine of Neubauplan Automation Machines as an example, the usual stations of a cartoner are shown below and the igus products used here are assigned accordingly. For various format adjustments, the manufacturer sometimes uses drylin bearing technology as well as lead screw linear systems, but also pillow block and plain bearings.
1. Carton feed
2. Product inserter
3. Lifting system for cartons
4. Format adjustments carton stop