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x-ray machine to scan the pouches.
From the X-ray machine, pouches are conveyed on two
lanes into the AFA cartoner. A Cognex (www.cognex.com)
In-Sight Micro Vision camera captures the pouch orienta-
tion and position. at information is transferred to the AFA
Delta 3 robot, which picks up two unoriented pouches and
places them into a loading funnel. Once the appropriate
pack pattern is achieved, two overhead conﬁners gather the
product array. e loading funnel then moves to the crease
line of the carton to ensure positive loading with no possible
catch points. e crease line is the joint between the major
ﬂap and the front panel of the carton. e beneﬁt of having
the loading funnel move to the crease line of the carton is
that it eliminates catch points during the carton loading pro-
cess. Folding cartons typically vary from 7 pt to 10 pt. Two
common carton sizes measure 7 x 12 cm and 12 x 17 cm.
e MK-DLT then heat-seals the minor and major carton
ﬂaps. A reciprocating feeder erects and loads the carton
onto a main lugged conveyor. Next, a Videojet (www.video
jet.com) Laserjet printer, integrated within the cartoner,
prints a date code on the carton before discharging it.
Depending on the product and carton, the robot might pick
and place ﬁve, seven, or 10 packs at a time. An open-ﬂap
detector is used to reject any possible cartons not properly
sealed. A cylinder positioned at the cartoner discharge is
CARTONING MACHINE. Pharmalab uses ﬁve cartoners
(above) that ﬁll premade ﬂexible pouches into cartons for the
contract manufacturer's customers.
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