Bottles and jars packaging
Every product has its own characteristics that need to be taken into account when building a packaging solution. Some products need careful handling, others require specific packaging solutions. In this blog post, we are going to address the topic of bottle and jar secondary packaging solutions. Bottles and jars are used in a variety of industries, but mostly in the food and beverage and pharma industry.
Food and Beverage
Whether it is in a glass bottle or a can – we all like a sip of a good drink. We also enjoy condiments and other bottled goods. Yet, we rarely think about what is necessary for those products to end up on our table. When it comes to packaging or cartoning, bottled products need special handling. Some bottles are wider at the shoulders than at the bottom. Special care is required for these bottles not to tumble over while on the conveyor. Beer, sodas and other beverages are carbonated, so these bottles need to be handled with the minimum of shaking.
Many pharma products like various drops and pills are primarily packed in a bottle. These bottles are usually placed in a small individual carton that also contains a leaflet. Pharma bottles need to be handled with special care in order not to compromise the product. Leaflets need to be inserted into the carton without damaging the leaflet or packaging. Serialization codes also need to be applied on the packaging in order to be compliant with new tracking requirements. These details must be taken into consideration when choosing a secondary packaging solution for bottled pharma products.
Now we will describe bottle packaging process on the example of our TI-50 Vertical cartoner.
- Completed Bottle recognition:
The first step in the process of bottle cartoning is bottle recognition. Filled, sealed and labeled bottles will travel on a conveyor where they are sensed by a camera or sensor for presence and accuracy and a signal is sent to the cartoner to erect a carton.
- Carton loading:
Flat cartons are stored in an extended carton magazine. Upon receiving a signal of the presence of a “good” bottle on the infeed conveyor, a carton is erected into individual carton pockets.
- Leaflet inserting (optional) :
A Leaflet is being placed on top of the open carton, and it will, later on, be pushed into the carton by the product itself in a c-fold style.
Bottles coming in on a conveyor will then enter into the bottle loading station where a gripper will positively pick up a bottle and gently place it into the erected carton.
- Carton closing:
The final step of bottle cartoning is carton closing which can be done by straight or reverse tuck or hot melt glue. Completed Cartons are then verified for compliance with all required operations and then discharged from the machine to one of our tray or case packers. (Any non-compliant cartons are rejected out of the machine for re-work)
So, if you are in a search for compact cartoning solution perfect for bottles or jars, don’t forget to ask us for a quote!
Our vertical cartoners for hand load applications are available with automatic bottle loading and count weigh scale interface. Simplicity, innovative design, robust construction and upgraded craftsmanship result in high speeds and high efficiencies. The 50 series of Vertical cartoners are compact, portable, and easy to use and to changeover. The 50 series of Vertical cartoners feature compactness, portability, simple operation and quick changeover. Carton pockets assure positive carton setup and carton squareness. Whether you need tuck, glue, header, gable, flip-top or hex style carton, TI-50 can handle it all!