We can break down the different packaging equipment we offer here at Impack packaging into 4 families:
This article will define all four and explore the advantages they offer to your folder-gluer line.
What Is a Pre-Feeder?
Impack Packaging's Prefio
A pre-feeder is a unit usually located in front of a folder-gluer, before the feeder, that continuously feeds the folder-gluer.
Pre-feeding equipment allows the folder-gluer’s feeder to run at a higher speed, with a perfect stack height, and without damaging the box blanks.
Our pre-feeder is the Prefio: We are proud to say it is the smallest pre-feeder for corrugated board on the market.
What Is a Pre-Packer?
A pre-packer is a unit located right after the folder-gluer, and before the packer.
Often, more than one pre-packer unit is installed at the end of the folder-gluer.
Pre-packers vary from box turners, batch inverters, and counting and separating devices.
An important notion to know, some pre-packing equipment allows you to orient the shingle, an overlapped stream of boxes, in the right direction before it enters the case-packing process. This way, the boxes that need to be oriented in any specific way based on their configurations can be turned before they are packed.
Impack’s Ergosa A packer always includes a built-in IN2 or INH box turner as part of the Ergosa A package.
As for the other types of pre-packing equipment, they serve other aspects of your production based on your production needs, box sizes, product mix, and format restrictions.
A batch inverter is typically added to a packer if you produce high volumes of crash-lock/auto-bottom boxes.
A counting and separating device is added to a packer if you have an IN2 or IN3 box turner and when the kicker counter from the folder-gluer is lost in the shingle after the turn.
Let’s now dive into packers!
What Is a Packer?
A folder-gluer packer is a unit installed behind a folder-gluer, every folder-gluer has a packing station no matter how automated it is.
A folder-gluer packer is meant to dramatically improve the packing efficiency, ergonomics, and productivity of your packing process into your cases by automated case management capabilities.
In other words, a packer optimizes your case packing process by automating your packing and sometimes your casing process as well.
Here is a list of Impack’s folder-gluer packers.
What Is a Stacker?
Like a packer, a folder-gluer stacker is installed behind a folder-gluer at the packing end of your folding gluing line.
Depending on your production processes, you can either pack your boxes into cases using a folder-gluer packer or you can stack your boxes to be banded or strapped together using a folder-gluer stacker.
In other words, you would either have a packer or a stacker at the end of your folding gluing line.
There are also some clients who do both processes on the same folder-gluer.
The stacker here at Impack is the Everio stacker.
Do I Need Packaging Equipment?
Now that you know the difference between pre-feeders, pre-packers, packers, and stackers, take a deep dive into the different packaging machines we offer and their advantages.
What is a Folder-Gluer Packer and Who Needs One?
What is a Box Turner and Do I Really Need One?
Folder-Gluer Packers Vs. Stackers: Which Packaging Solution is Best For You?