At the end of this module, you will be able to:
- Identify the purpose or objectives of paper ream packing
- Identify and describe typical components involved in paper ream packing
- Describe the typical flow of material through the paper ream packing components
- Identify and describe the safety hazards and safe work practices associated with paper ream packing
- Identify common personal protective equipment that should be worn around paper ream packing equipment
The following key questions are answered in this module:
What is a ream accumulator?
An accumulator groups finished reams together in logs that can be fed to the casepacker. If the casepacker isn't running the accumulator can store reams to prevent shutting down the wrapper.
What is a casepacker?
A casepacker puts stacks of reams into a cardboard box with a lid.
What is a blank?
A flat piece of cardboard that can be folded and formed into a cardboard box is called a blank.
How is the case formed?
Reams are placed on top of a blank on an elevator. The elevator descends and the blank folds forming the sides of the box around the ream stack. The ends of the box are then folded in and glued shut.
What is a palletizer?
A palletizer stacks cases on a pallet so they can be shipped. The assembled stacks can be stretch-wrapped.
Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:
The first step in the packing process is to group the finished reams together in specific product configurations. To do this, a ream accumulator is used. Individual reams enter the ream accumulator one at a time. Once a certain number of reams have entered, a hydraulic pusher arm pushes them to a staging cassette. After accepting the rows of reams, the cassette drops down. Another row of reams are accumulated and pushed onto the cassette on top of the previous row. After the desired number of rows has accumulated, the cassette raises and another arm pushes the entire stack of reams onto a final staging area.
This grouping of reams is called a "log". The entire process repeats itself until a second log is ready to go. When a second log is pushed to the staging area, the arm pushes both logs to a set of rollers. If the case packer is ready to accept them, conveyors lift up and move the logs into the case packer in feed.
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