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Automatic vs. manual case packers: which to choose?

Understanding the differences between manual and automatic case packers to make a wise choice

Cartoning machines, the most important secondary packaging machines in the packaging industry, are divided into two main types: manual and automatic.  
The difference between manual and automatic case packers is the level of automation.

  • Manual case packers require active human intervention in the packaging process: the operator must manually place the products into the cartons and manage the folding and closing of the cartons.
  • In contrast, automatic case packers are equipped with automated feeding and handling systems that allow products to be processed with minimal or no manual intervention. These machines are an ideal solution for large-scale operations where speed, consistency, and efficiency are critical. In addition, they can be further categorized into intermittent motion case packers and continuous motion case packers to meet different production needs.

If you are considering which type of case packer best suits your needs, read on for all the information you need to make your choice.


Comparison of automatic and manual case packers

Automatic case packers emerged in the 20th century as a response to the growing demand for efficiency and speed in high-volume production. These machines were designed to automate what was traditionally a manual packaging process. The need to increase productivity, reduce labor costs, and ensure greater uniformity and quality of packaging drove innovation in this area.

Advantages of automatic case packers:

  • Efficiency and speed: automatic case packers are very efficient and fast, ideal for high-volume production. They can process hundreds or thousands of units per hour. In addition, Zambelli offers an upgrade service for packaging machines, allowing them to adapt to new operational requirements, such as handling different types of products and packaging formats, as well as changes in production speed.
  • Reduced labor: automatic case packers automate most of the process, while manual case packers require the constant presence of operators, both for the operation of the machine itself and for ancillary tasks such as product preparation and handling.

Technological and economic considerations:

Automatic case packers incorporate advanced technologies that result in a higher initial investment and the need for specialized maintenance. Zambelli recognizes the complexity and sophistication of its secondary packaging machines and is committed to providing excellent service and spare parts. This commitment ensures that customers receive qualified support and quick access to spare parts to keep their packaging machines operating at maximum efficiency and reliability.


How to choose the right cartoner for your business

Deciding what type of case packer to purchase for your business is critical and depends on a number of key factors. Carefully consider your company's specific production requirements, such as production volume, variety of products to be packaged, available budget and human resources. In general, automatic case packers are the ideal choice for handling large volumes of production in a standardized manner because of their ability to work quickly, efficiently, and consistently. Manual case packers, on the other hand, are better suited for smaller production runs and companies with limited budgets.

Find the perfect case packer for your business with Zambelli

Are you ready to take the next step and choose the ideal case packer for your business? Contact us for a personalized consultation. Our experts are here to help you find the right secondary packaging solution for your needs, ensuring maximum efficiency and quality.

Thanks to continuous research in the field of automation and mechatronics, we have developed increasingly advanced and sophisticated case packers: our machines can handle a wide variety of products and packaging formats, while guaranteeing accuracy and speed. In addition, we offer the possibility of developing highly customized machines, adapted to the specific needs of each customer.