BOX-E; the small box erector

Mark van den Munckhof

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  • Label:Handling, Processing and Packaging
  • Client:Large medical company
  • Problem:Packaging smaller amount and various sizes of boxes
  • Objective:Develop a box erector with a small footprint and fast exchangeable molds

The small box erector for various sizes of boxes.

The BOX-E is the first machine with a small footprint that folds and glues various sizes of plain cardboard into toploaded boxes. What is new? This machine is adjustable and can therefore perfectly process a high mix and low volume of boxes. The handling of low quantities and various shapes and sizes is  a trend in the life science industry.

Gluing and folding

Our machine has an automated drawer. This drawer holds the mould for positioning the plain cardboard. When this drawer moves into the machine, hot melt glue is automatically applied onto the folding flaps at the exact right position. When the drawer is completely in, the cardboard is accurately placed above a folding mould. A vertical pusher pushes the plain carton through the mould, giving it its accurate shape by folding it in the right sequence.

Multiple sizes and easy changeover

The pusher tool, the folding tool and the drawer tool are fast exchangeable moulds and can be easily positioned and fixed. No specialist tools are required to prepare the moulds for the correct box sizes. The exchangeable parts are Poka Yoke designed. For accurate positioning, the hot melt glue applicators are fitted to spindles with numeric indicators.

Conveyer Belt

The box erector can be expanded with a conveyor belt. This guarantees a constant output of folded and glued boxes. The capacity of the BOX-E increases by 15 %. It creates the possibility to work with two operators, one for the infeed of the cartons and one for handling the folded boxes. On demand we can adapt the machine to your wishes, for instance an automated infeed of cartons or automated folding and gluing of partitions in the boxes.

Barcode Check

Optionally, it is possible to implement a barcode or DataMatrix check. Meet the global serialization requirements in time! Let GTE-engineering help you. We will implement the necessary serialization techniques for you.

Tooling Cart

At the BOX-E we can deliver, if desired, a tooling cart. The box erector has fast exchangeable moulds. To prevent damage, it is essential that these moulds are properly stored in a well-organized storage system. Therefor we have developed a tailor-made tooling cart.


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