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IWK Introduces Two Cost-Effective, Versatile Vertical Cartoners for Pharma & Personal Care Applications

Extendable for evolving output demands, VI 5 & VC 5 Vertical Cartoners offer premium positioning precision and rapid product changeover in optimized footprint. 

IWK Packaging Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of premium cartoning and tube filling equipment for the pharmaceuticals and health & beauty sectors, has introduced a pair of versatile vertical cartoners – one intermittent, one continuous – that provide premium cartoning capabilities at comparably cost-effective price points. Defined by modular extendability, high levels of positioning precision and fast changeovers, both machines are attractive options for pharma or personal care manufacturers cartoning a wide range of containers.  

First, the VI 5 Vertical Cartoner is an intermittent motion machine with an open, accessible work area and a modularly extendable length that optimizes floorspace. Suitable for a wide array of containers including bottles, tubes, blister packs, jars, pouches and bags, the touchscreen-operated VI 5 can produce up to 75 cartons per minute, with a format range of 25-100mm long, 20-90mm wide and 50-230mm in height.  

Among the VI 5's key highlights is the ability to change formats exceptionally quickly. This functional versatility is aided by easy, repeatable changeover steps, a centralized transport height adjustment system, and carton buckets expediently exchangeable through a click system. No adjustment of rails is needed along curves, further expediting product switches.  

The VI 5's servo-driven, cam-guided transport system offers premium positioning precision. The basic machine comprises 22 carton carriers and a corresponding number of stations; optional transport system extensions can bring the total number of stations as high as 54. Other options, including a leaflet feeder and automatic product loading, also are available.   

Meanwhile, IWK's VC 5 Vertical Cartoner is a continuous motion module that can produce up to 120 cartons per minute. Like the VI 5, the VC 5 also features an open, ergonomic work area and an extendable length that optimizes its footprint. Easy to clean and touch-screen operated, the unit offers semi-automatic packing of a broad range of containers, including bottles, tubes, blister packs, jars, pouches and bags. 

Like its sibling machine, the VC 5 can handle a format range of 25-100mm long, 20-90mm wide and 50-230mm in height. Exceedingly fast changeover is another commonality, as is exemplary positioning precision via its servo-driven, cam-guided transport system. The basic VC 5 contains 40 carton carriers and a corresponding number of stations, with extensions available to bring that total as high as 68. Other options include a leaflet feeder, automatic product loading, and a rejected carton compartment. 

“Each of these new cartoners offers extraordinarily high levels of functionality at a surprisingly cost-effective price point,” said Bernie Conlon, Managing Director of IWK Packaging Systems, Inc. “Our goal was to make many of the best aspects of IWK cartoners – including handling versatility, precision positioning and modularity for evolving needs – available to a broader set of customers in the pharma and personal care products spaces.”  

About IWK Packaging Systems, Inc. 

For over 125 years, IWK Packaging Systems has designed and engineered cutting-edge tube filling and cartoning machines for a wide variety of industries, predominantly the pharma and health & beauty sectors. Leaning on modern technology while standing on the shoulders of prior successes, the company’s equipment is known for offering outstanding performance and unsurpassed reliability. 

IWK’s main objective is to keep its customers’ operations running with maximum productivity. To help ensure this, more than 15% of the company’s workforce is dedicated to pre-sales engineering concepts and aftersales service. IWK currently supports more than 10,000 packaging systems around the world with rapid response times and 24/7 service availability. For more information, visit

Company Name: 
IWK Packaging Systems, Inc.
Contact Person: 
Christopher Dale
(973) 227-8080, ext. 116

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