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What is the Everio Stacker & What Companies Is It Best Suited For?

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Are you a medium to large-sized company that is stacking and banding/strapping your boxes fully manually?

Or are you a small company that is exclusively doing banding/strapping?

If you said “Yes,” you’re probably here because you’re looking for ways to automate your stacking process. 

“How did you know?”

Well, I read your mind 😉.

No, the truth is, this is a very common problem that many box manufacturers face.

With the monstrous growth in the e-commerce industry, many box manufacturers are losing contracts because they cannot keep up with the demand.

They cannot keep up with the demand because they are running at a low production speed.

Most box manufacturers are used to stacking and banding/strapping their boxes entirely manually which requires several operators to reach an acceptable speed. 

But finding skilled operators these days is hard.

And even if you add more operators, they are not able to reach a high speed because they are always restricted by human limitations.

As an Area Sales Manager and an IMPACK Expert, I have visited dozens of production sites in many countries around the world.

During my visits, I have seen the amount of manual work involved with stacking and banding/strapping bundles of boxes.

I can assure you that it is very physically demanding and brings its own share of injuries. 

What if I told you that there’s a way to dramatically increase your production speed, cut down on costs, and process any type of box fully automatically?

“How”

By adding a folder-gluer stacker.

Meet IMPACK’s Everio Stacker. This article will talk about what the Everio stacker is, how it works, and what companies it is best suited for (and who it is not fit for).

What is the Everio Stacker & What Companies is the Everio Best Suited For?

What is the Everio Stacker?

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IMPACK’s Everio at a client's production site: A fully automatic stacker to stack and band your boxes coming from the folder-gluer(s) or rotary die cutters.

The Everio is IMPACK’s folder-gluer stacker used to stack and bundle boxes coming from your folder-gluer(s) or rotary die cutters.

The Everio automatically stacks and bundles your boxes before sending them to a banding/strapping machine that bands/straps them together. 

The Everio stacker can be paired with a variety of different banding or strapping machines, such as ATS, Mosca, or SMB/Signode.

With up to 20 stacks per minute, the Everio stacker allows you to increase your production speed while reducing the number of operators required. 

The Everio does this by automating the entire bundling and banding/strapping process so that it is no longer done fully manually by your operators.

It is also the most compact stacker in the world that is capable of handling both folding cartons and corrugated board.

🔍 Recommended:

  1. Learn What is the Difference Between Banding and Strapping?(Coming Soon).

  2. If you’re considering the purchase of a banding or strapping machine, you’d want to check out the Top 5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing a New Banding or Strapping System.(Coming Soon).

What is a Folder-Gluer Stacker?

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A folder-gluer stacker is a stacking system that utilizes a modernized bundling technology to allow you to bundle your boxes vertically and then send them for banding or strapping.

A stacker is a machine that automates your bundling process to help you realize efficiency, speed, and productivity gains. 

🔍 Recommended: Interested in learning more about what is a stacker and what types of boxes it is best suited for? Read What is a Folder-Gluer Stacker and Who Needs One?

What’s the Difference between a Packer and a Stacker?

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Folder-gluer packers versus folder-gluer stackers.

A packer automates the process of packing your boxes into cases while a stacker automates the bundling of your boxes before banding/strapping them together.

Depending on your production process, you either pack your boxes into cases (i.e. case packing) using a packer or stack your boxes to be banded/strapped together (i.e. box bundling) using a stacker.

It is either one or the other; however, some clients do both processes on the same folder-gluer.

A stacker is similar to a packer in the sense that it takes a shingled stream of folded cartons, counts them, and bundles them, but the output batches don’t end up in a case.

Instead of packing the boxes into a case, as done with a folder-gluer packer, a stacker stacks the boxes vertically and bundles them then sends them to a banding/strapping machine.

🔍 Recommended: Still confused on what’s the difference between a packer and a stacker? Discover which machine your company needs by readingFolder-Gluer Packers Vs. Stackers: Which Packaging Solution is Best For You?

What Are the Benefits of a Folder-Gluer Stacker?

A stacker allows you to:

  • Take a shingled stream of folded cartons and count them then bundle them just like a packer does.

  • Band/strap this bundle together (banding/strapping) instead of packing them into a case (what a packer would do).

  • Fully automate the box bundling and banding/strapping process which reduces the workload on your packing staff.

  • And, as a result, it allows you to improve the efficiency of your bundling and banding/strapping process, reach higher speeds, and cut down on costs.

How Automated is the Everio Stacker?

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The Everio stacker is always offered as a Fully-Automatic machine for all boxes that do not require inversion. Typically these are straight-line boxes or envelopes.

As an optional add-on, we also offer a Semi-Automatic inversion module on the Everio stacker for crash-lock/auto-bottom boxes. But even the Semi-Automatic inversion module uses the automatic counting and stacking mechanism of the Everio stacker. This is all to say that the Everio is, in most cases, a Fully-Automatic machine.

The purpose of developing this semi-automated process for the Everio is to increase the versatility of the Everio so that it can adapt to all possible boxes.

🚀 Quick Summary of the Everio Stacker’s Features 

  • Offers Fully-Automatic counting, stacking, and ejecting of boxes.

  • Has an optional Semi-Automatic Inversion module for inversion of counted stacks.

  • Reduces manual workload, boosts your folder-gluer’s productivity, helps you achieve higher speeds, and cuts down on costs by reducing the number of packing staff required.

  • Has a small Footprint (2.5m (L) x 1.9m (W)).

  • Compatible with carton board and corrugated board.

  • Compatible with all folder-gluer models.

  • Processes medium to large box formats.

  • Processes straight lines, 4/6 corners, and crash-lock/auto-bottoms.

  • Compatible with many brands of automatic banding/strapping machines, such as ATS, Mosca, or Signode/SMB.

  • Has a short setup time (<10 min).

  • Speed: Up to 20 bundles a minute.

  • High-precision laser counter.

  • Includes a touchscreen interface.

🔍 Recommended: Learn more here about the specifications of IMPACK’s Everio Stacker.

Who is the Everio Stacker Best Suited For?

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“So, how do I know if the everio stacker is right for my company?!”

For some companies, the Everio stacker is the perfect fit.

And for others, it might be a total waste of money. 

That’s just the reality.

Here is the answer you’ve been searching for in less than 50 seconds ⏱️:

The Everio Stacker is the Perfect Fit For You IF 👇

  • You’re exclusively doing banding/strapping

  • You want to automate your stacking and banding/strapping process.

  • Increasing your production and reducing your staff are important to you.

  • You’ve come to a point where your folder-gluer has become limited by the stacking process.

  • You produce a large proportion of medium to large-sized boxes that require to be banded/strapped together.

  • You want to take advantage of the benefits that come from automating your stacking and banding/strapping process. Those benefits include:

    • No lifting of loads is required.

    • Increase your production speed, reduce your labor workload, and cut down on your costs.

    • Reduce injuries for your operators.

    • Increase your folder-gluer's productivity, serve more clients, and boost revenues.

The Everio Stacker is the Wrong Fit For You IF 👇

  • You have a small volume of boxes that need to be stacked. Here, specific versions of IMPACK’s Ergosa packer would be a better option.

Your Next Steps

👉 If you’re still not sure whether a stacker is right for you, here are your next steps:

  1. Compare Folder-Gluer Packers Vs. Stackers" to discover what machine is right for you.

  2. Discover What Are IMPACK's 3 Main Machines (& How to Choose)

  3. Compare the Ergosa Vs. Virtuo Vs. Everio to find out what machine best suits your production, needs, and budget.

👉 If you’ve decided to invest in a stacker, here are your next steps:

  1. Get answers to some of your questions by reading "The Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions About IMPACK’s Everio Stacker"

  2. Discover the7 Hidden Costs with Buying Packaging Equipment & How to Avoid Them.”

  3. If you know you need a stacker, but you’re not sure which stacker you should choose, compare theTop 5 Folder-Gluer Stackers in 2022.(Coming Soon).

Got more Questions?

If you’ve got more questions that you want answers for, contact us today! 

IMPACK’s experts would love to help and maybe even show you our Everio stacker LIVE on a video call!