Boxes and/or cases come in many shapes, sizes and styles. Jennerjahn Machine has created automated solutions for a variety of box forming requirements.
The Regular Slotted Container (RSC) is the most common box style used for shipping and storage. Case forming can be accomplished with pneumatic vacuum cups to pull a box from the stacked inventory and form the box. The two inner flaps are folded in and the outer flaps meet at the center of the box. Once formed, the flaps on the bottom of the box are automatically secured with tape.
Die cut boxes are highly customizable corrugated cardboard boxes designed to fit any shape, size, or need. Typically, a stack of box blanks are loaded into a hopper. Vacuum cups transfer one box blank up at a time and guide it though a hot melt glue station. The blank is then pushed down into a forming assembly where the flaps are held under compression until the hot melt is cured forming a box.
Jennerjahn Machine also offers two types of automation for Box Loading. These include robotics and push bar.
The robot is equipped with special end of arm tooling to lift a finished roll from an accumulation conveyor and load it into a box. Prior to loading, a secondary robot was used to insert plugs into the ends of the core. Utilizing RFID technology, the robot could load different sized rolls into boxes from two independent case formers simultaneously.
In this example, two rolls are positioned side by side before being pushed into an open box. The flattened boxes are automatically pulled out of the magazine, and formed into an open case. Next, the case is then transferred to the packing station where the roll stack is pushed in. Once filled, the case is pushed through the tape heads, which seal the top and bottom of the case. Once sealed, the filled cases are ejected onto a gravity box conveyor. Please note: A similar process can be used for case loading of single rolls.
Once an RSC box has been loaded, it transfers to the case close and seal station. The inner flaps are folded and the outer flaps meet at the center of the box. Once closed, the flaps are secured with tape.
Die cut cases often are transferred from the loading cell to the case closer. As a box enters the closer, hot melt glue is applied to the flaps. Once the box reaches the closing station, the flaps are folded around the box under compression to form the glue seal.