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How to Raise Your Folder Gluer's Outfeed Height (& Why You Need To)
Written by: David Leblanc, 2 December 2022
You're considering adding a packer or stacker to your folding gluing line to help you speed up your case packing process.
After having your first meeting with an Impack Expert, you received a request that you need to increase your folder-gluer’s outfeed height.
Now, you’re probably asking yourself:
“Why do I need to raise my folder gluer’s outfeed?”
“Will this affect my folder gluer output?”
“And do I really need to raise my folder gluer’s outfeed?!”
I totally get it. As a Mechanical Designer and Project Engineer at Impack Packaging for the last 4 years, I have led the design and installation of thousands of packaging equipment on, and around, folder gluers.
This article will address why you need to raise the height of your folder gluer outfeed, how to do it, and whether it will affect your folder gluer output or productivity in any way. And I promise, I will keep this as simple and as straightforward as possible.
Why Do I Need to Raise the Height of My Folder Gluer's Outfeed?
With IMPACK's Ergosa Packer 👇
If you’re considering the purchase of Impack's Ergosa packer, then there are 2 reasons why you'd have to increase the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed:
- For ergonomic reasons
- For case specification reasons
1. Ergonomic Reasons
You see, we designed Impack's Ergosa packer so that it maximizes the ergonomics for your folder gluer operators whilst allowing them to maintain high packing speeds in the long run.
This ideal height for the Ergosa packer is approximately 870 mm. Impack's Ergosa packer is designed and built around this ideal height.
To ensure that your folder gluer operators are capable of maintaining high-performance rates in the long run, you need to increase the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed to match the height of the Ergosa packer so that the machine is ergonomic for your operators.
The working height of the Ergosa can be changed, but it is strongly not recommended, and that is because of case specifications: IOur next point.
2. Case Specifications
Although we can change the height of the Ergosa packer, doing so will mean that you will not have the same case specifications or achieve the same performance.
Given that the Ergosa packer is a highly modular and versatile packer that offers several packing modes, we cannot guarantee that it would run with the same performance and speed as what we had discussed in our first meeting if we were to change this height.
And, we also might not be able to retrofit additional packing modes or modules in the future if we were to change this height.
With IMPACK's Virtuo Packer or Everio Stacker 👇
If you’re considering the purchase of Impack's Virtuo packer or Everio Stacker, then there is 1 reason why you'd have to increase the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed:
Like with the Ergosa packer, it is for case specifications.
For the Virtuo and the Everio stackers, we don’t need to consider ergonomic reasons because they are automatic and fully-automatic respectively.
The main reason why you have to increase the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed with the Virtuo packer or Everio stacker is to meet case specifications.
Both the Virtuo packer and Everio stacker have many important specifications, hence lowering their input height would reduce their performance, and that’s the one thing you do not want!
In addition, the input height cannot be changed with the Virtuo packer or Everio stacker.
Will Increasing My Folder Gluer’s Outfeed Height Damage My Boxes?
The answer to this is straightforward: It won’t.
Increasing the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed will not damage your boxes and will not affect your folder gluer’s compression belt, or performance, whatsoever.
It really won’t change a thing!
We’re proud to say that we have never heard from any client that their warranty was voided because of a defect to their folder gluer’s compression belt or that their compression belt was affected in any way.
So, there is no risk in increasing the height of your folder-gluer machine’s outfeed and it absolutely will not affect the quality of your boxes either.
Now that we’ve assured you that your boxes will not be affected, let’s dive into how to increase your folder gluer's outfeed height.
How Can I Increase the Height of My Folder Gluer’s Outfeed?
There are 2 main ways to increase your folder gluer outfeed:
- Using the screws at the base of your folder gluer’s legs (if your folder-gluer has adjustable legs)
- By adding shims to raise the legs of your folder gluer’s outfeed
Most folder gluers have adjustable legs.
In most cases, we can increase the height of your folder gluer by adjusting the screw at the base of your folder gluer’s legs.
However, with some folder gluer models, it may be impossible for you to adjust the screw because those folder gluers do not have adjustable legs.
In those specific cases, we can very simply add “shims” to raise the folder gluer’s outfeed as shown in the image below. Problem solved!
At Impack packaging, we provide standard shims that fits most folder gluers on the market.
“But why can’t I just lift the whole folder gluer?”
This is a question that we get asked all the time. And the answer is:
You can, but it is unnecessary.
Lifting the output of the folder gluer works perfectly and is sufficient to match the ideal height of your chosen packer or stacker.
Thus, you do not need to go through the hassle of lifting the entire folder gluer.
Ready to Increase Your Folder-Gluer’s Outfeed Height?
In the end, regardless of which of Impack packaging's main machines you’re considering, you need to increase the height of your folder gluer’s outfeed.
With the Ergosa packer, you can change this ideal height, but it is not recommended.
With the Virtuo packer or Everio stacker, you cannot change this ideal height as it is fixed.
It is necessary for you to increase your folder gluer's outfeed height, and it will prove to be beneficial for you in the long run!
Your Next Steps:
👉 If you’re waiting for the commissioning of your machine, you'd certainly want to know the “Top 5 Problems with Folder-Gluer Packer Comissioning & How to Avoid Them?”
👉 If you’re still not sure whether investing in packaging equipment is the right move, check out “Do I Really Need to Invest In Packaging Equipment to Improve My Folder-Gluer Productivity?”
👉 Finally, save money by learning about the “7 Hidden Costs with Buying Packaging Equipment & How You Can Avoid Them.”
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