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Servo-driven tea bag cartoner is ultra-fast

A single Bradman Lake SL904 automatic end load cartoner working two shifts is handling the entire output of two baggers and two flow-wrappers to pack up to 3.7m teabags a day on a new cartoning line for Keith Spicer.

Servo drives, computer-controlled to intermittent instead of continuous operation, match the custom-designed product infeed. Two conveyor lanes each deliver 60 flow-wraps/min to be merged and collated into units of 1,2, 4 or 6 for loading into cartons.

Key to the performance is Bradman Lake’s specially designed product infeed system. Changeovers to four carton sizes with different loading patterns are made in 30 minutes with minimal downtime.