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Case Erectors

Relative to other packaging equipment, automatic case erectors are simple. They convert case blanks into fully erected, bottom-sealed cases. That’s it. But if you’ve ever struggled with opening a case, getting a case square, or removing a jammed case, you know making a case erector is easy to do, but hard to do well. When you step up to an INSITE case erector, you’ll notice how our work makes your work easy.

E20T Machine

Key Features

Your erectors should produce more than just a bottom-sealed case. Cases should be reliably square, and come at a reliable speed on a machine that is easy and safe to operate, and unfailingly automatic. In other words, you should have a case erector you can trust. INSITE’s case forming machines have been designed from the ground up with features designed to inspire trust.

Automated LxWxD path generation

INSITE’s proprietary, advanced motion control software makes it possible to automatically generate a robot’s path using only the outside dimensions of a case. Replace the mechanical mass found in other erectors with INSITE’s single, simple and reliable SCARA robot.

Opposing-cup case opening

A case erector’s first task is to open a case. Many erectors struggle to account for glue over-spray along the manufacturer's joint, or the dreaded 'L-shaped' case. On both accounts, INSITE's opposing-cup effector takes care of business.

Robotic pick and pass

Smart use of robotics allows us to get rid of many of the parts and mechanisms in run-of-the-mill case erectors. A single, reliable SCARA robot replaces them. Goodbye clunking, clattering, knocking, slamming, fiddling, fixing and finessing. Hello simple.

Safety and ergonomics

We’ve gone out of our way to ensure your operators' safety and health when interacting with INSITE’s case erecting equipment. The magazine infeed is easy to access and limits loading strain. The open-frame structure puts changeover points and sealing modules in easy reach. Governing bodies agree: INSITE erectors are ANSI/PMMI B155.1, ISO 13849 Category 3, and UL certified.

Active case squaring

Photo eyes ensure all cases are squared before they are sealed. If a case is skewed, the independently driven side belts respond with a microburst of speed to adjust the case, making it square every time.

Durable & sanitary frame design

INSITE's case erector frames are robust, reliable and hygienic. Made from over-engineered tube- and plate-steel, and designed with sanitary standards in mind, these frames are built to withstand a 15-20 year packaging equipment asset life.

Case Erector Specifications

Below, you’ll see a list of facts and figures about our automated case erectors. If you’re looking for information that’s not listed here, contact us. We’ll get you all the information you need to choose the case erecting equipment that works for you.

E20GE20TE30GE30T
Max. Speed (cpm)20203030
Min. Case Size9.5" (L) x 5.5" (W) x 5.0" (D)
Max. Case Size18" (L) x 16" (W) x 16" (D)
Case TypesRegular Slotted Cases (RSC)
Magazine Length4' (48")6' (72")
Magazine Capacity~130 cases; min ~6.5 min. run time~190 cases; min. ~6.5 min. run time
FrameTube and plate steel
FinishPowder coat
Changeover Points12101210
Changeover TypesHMI input, hand-ratchet, clamp, hand knob, hand lever
Changeover Time (approx)~2.5 to 5 minutes
Glue SystemNordson ProBlue 7N/ANordson ProBlue 7N/A
Vacuum SystemVenturi-style
Flap ManagementFesto air cylinder & plow rail
GuardingLexan doors with locking switches
ElectricalAllen Bradley, Kinetix Servos, Powerflex VFDs
Power480V 3Ø / 60 HZ
Air90 PSI
Machine Footprint15.15' x 4.66'12.90' x 4.66'17.15' x 4.66'14.90' x 4.66'
Tape Width (E20T only)2 inches
Options PackagesSmart Discharge Control; Low-Tape and/or Magazine Alert (with stack light)

Case Erector Innovations

INSITE represents a better alternative to existing case erectors. These case forming machines have been re-designed from the ground up, untethered by old technologies or previous products, and emboldened by the potential to infuse an old function with new life and a new goal: making your job easier. No other case erectors look—or perform—like this.

Team meeting

Progress With Purpose

Every single machine and technology INSITE develops is unified under one goal: increasing the quality and value of your company’s packaging operations. This pursuit drives every aspect of our business, inspiring us to develop new ideas that bring meaningful results to your organization.

Case Erector Resources

Interested in learning more about how automatic case erectors function in a real-life production line? Look no further. As one of the most experienced packaging machine manufacturers in the business, INSITE can show you everything you need to know about these incredible packaging solutions and the benefits they can bring to your company.

  • E20G active case squaring

    Look closely and you'll notice the instantaneous adjustments made by the independent side belts as the cases pass the photo eyes.

  • E20G SCARA arm movement

    Watch the smooth motion path of the SCARA robotic arm operating at 20 cases per minute. There's no sound coming from the packaging machine, but even if there were you wouldn't hear much.

  • E20G at slow speed with no case

    Watch INSITE's erector operating at low speeds with no cases. See the entire case erecting process through multiple cycles of 'pick,' 'rack-open,' and 'place'.

  • E20G erecting at 20 cases per minute

    This quick clip demonstrates INSITE's hot-melt glue case erector operating at 20 cases per minute.

  • E20G 20 cpm dry cycle 1

    Click here to view INSITE Packaging Automation's 20 cpm hot-melt glue case erector operating at full speed without cases.

  • E20G 20 cpm dry cycle 2

    This is another perspective demonstrating INSITE's 20 cpm hot-melt glue case erector operating at full speed without cases.

  • E20 slow speed dry cycle end effector

    See the end effector operate in slow motion on INSITE's E20G case erector.

  • INSITE E20T erector animation

    This animation clearly demonstrates why INSITE's E20T tape-seal case erector is so refreshingly simple compared to alternative packaging machines.

  • INSITE E20G erector animation

    This animation clearly demonstrates why INSITE's E20G glue-seal case erector is so refreshingly simple compared to alternative packaging machines.

  • INSITE E20T Fly-Around

    In this wonderful animation you can see the E20T in action from all angles as it erects and tape-seals RSC cases.

FAQ: Case Erectors

  • How do I determine ‘machine hand’?

    INSITE determines machine hand by standing on the operator/HMI side of the machine and observing the direction the cases travel. If the case blank moves from right to left as it’s erected and sealed, you are looking at a left hand machine. If the case blank moves from left to right as it’s erected and sealed, you are looking at a right hand machine. (See diagram.)

  • How do I determine ‘case hand’?
  • What case types do INSITE’s erectors & sealers accommodate?

    Regular Slotted Cases (RSCs)

  • What type of hot-melt glue does INSITE recommend?

    INSITE recommends HB Fuller Advantra PHC 9256.

  • How do I configure a case erector, and what options are available?

    See our ‘Get a Quote’ page. It will walk you through the configuration process.

  • How much do INSITE case erectors cost?

    See our ‘Get a Quote’ page. It will walk you through the configuration process and provide you a quote for your configured packaging machines.

  • What is the advantage of using a SCARA robot on INSITE’s automatic case former?

    The SCARA robot enables simple, easy-to-program, repeatable, reliable, smooth case erecting motion. We’ve been doing this for a while, so we know that many other erectors require a certain level of tweaking and finessing to get a line up and running to your satisfaction. Our SCARA robot eliminates this and enables extremely straight-forward setup and operation. In fact, we tested our erector on office personnel with no on-machine experience and they were able to be up and running with a new case in a matter of minutes without much trouble!

  • Can I buy INSITE products through a local agent or distributor?

    Yes, if your agent or distributor is willing to purchase and resell the product to you they are free to do so.

  • Why is INSITE so open with its information?

    Operating with openness, transparency, and accessibility is an easy way to respect your time. It’s also an easy way to get the most out of our resources so we can put our money toward better products at better prices for you.

  • Does INSITE customize its products?

    INSITE’s price points are made possible by a dedication to standardized parts, components and manufacturing processes. If you need something different, we’re happy to help. However, our stated price points and lead times may no longer apply.

  • What is the lead-time for an INSITE erector?

    INSITE strives to achieve market-acceptable lead times on all product deliveries. To start, we anticipate 4- to 8-week lead times depending on the product configuration requested. Our long-term goal is to have many of these machines in stock and ready to ship within 2-4 weeks, assuming the order is for a standard or standard-with-options machine.

  • What are the possible operating configurations for the erector?

    There are four broad configurations for INSITE’s case erectors:

    1) left hand glue 2) left hand tape 3) right hand glue 4) right hand tape.

    Currently all case erectors are rated for 20 cases per minute, and all come with the option of either a 4-foot or 6-foot powered magazine. Note: in late 2018 or early 2019, INSITE will begin offering a 30 cases per minute erector.

  • What are the physical dimensions of INSITE’s erectors?

    Tape erector with 4’ magazine: 12.9’ x 4.66’; Tape erector with 6’ magazine: 14.9’ x 4.66’; Glue erector with 4’ magazine: 15.15’ x 4.66’; Glue erector with 6’ magazine: 17.15’ x 4.66’. If you click on these links you’ll find footprint diagrams of our glue case erector and our tape case erector.

  • What case size ranges can be run on INSITE’s erectors?

    Min: 9.5” (L) x 5.5” (W) x 5.0” (D); Max: 18” (L) x 16” (W) x 16” (D)

  • How many change points require adjustment during erector change overs?

    INSITE’s tape erectors require 10 points of change totaling between 2 ½ to 5 minutes. INSITE’s glue erectors require 12 points of change, also totaling between 2 ½ to 5 minutes.

  • What are the power requirements of INSITE’s erector?

    480V 3Ø, 60 HZ

  • What are the air requirements for INSITE’s erector?

    90 PSI

  • What is the controls system for INSITE’s erector?

    Allen Bradley, Kinetix Servos, Powerflex VFDs

  • Is there an HMI on the erector?

    Yes

  • Are there any air cylinders on INSITE’s erectors?

    Yes, there are two Festo air cylinders.

  • Are there any options for the erector?

    Yes, there are currently 4 options available on the erector:

    1. Smart Discharge Control (Automatically adjusts erector’s speed based on downstream activity.)
    2. Low Tape / Low Magazine Alert
    3. Spare Parts Kit
    4. Enclosure Air Conditioning (For hot or humid environments.)
  • What makes INSITE’s case erector different than other erectors?

    INSITE’s case erectors offer a number of notable differences compared to other competing case erectors. The biggest difference is the machine’s simplicity. By replacing traditional mechanical movement with a SCARA robot we’re able to drastically reduce the number of components. And with fewer components comes improvements in usability, reliability, maintainability, etc. For the full range of differences, please check out our erector product page.

  • What is the advantage of using a SCARA robot to erect cases?

    The SCARA robot enables simple, easy-to-program, repeatable, reliable, smooth case erecting motion. We’ve been doing this for a while, so we know that many other erectors require a certain level of tweaking and finessing to get a line up and running to your satisfaction. Our SCARA robot eliminates this and enables extremely straight-forward setup and operation. In fact, we tested our erector on office personnel with no on-machine experience and they were able to be up and running with a new case in a matter of minutes without much trouble!