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Cerulean demonstrates importance of testing creases on whole cartons

21 Jan 2015

Cerulean demonstrates importance of testing creases on whole cartons

Cerulean has published a case study showing how its whole carton crease testers have been used to solve an intractable problem for a leading carton producer.


The producer experienced rejections of two million cartons while another visually identical carton from another manufacturer caused no packing problems and no-one could find out why.


The cartons from the two producers were for high speed packing of cake products featuring a top window opening. Both boxes were produced using the same type of BOBST flat die cutter.


To understand the problem, complete cartons from each supplier were blind tested using Cerulean’s Laboratory Carton Tester (LCT) – the same way they are erected on a high-speed automatic packing machine.


The whole carton test, rather than a small sample, proved essential. Creases near to the window cut-out on one carton type caused the problem. This was previously undetectable but clearly visible on the crease torque measurement produced by the LCT.


Tests were then verified on site by Cerulean’s portable carton tester (PCT) and a tiny adjustment to the creasing knife solved the issue. No further machine problems or rejected cartons were experienced


Cerulean, part of Molins PLC, is a global provider of packing and testing equipment based in the UK with over 100 employees and an international network of engineers and distributors. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a diverse range of packing and testing solutions.

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