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VHL Vertical Hand Load Cartoner


The VHL Vertical Hand-load cartoning machine is the answer for hard to load products. The VHL is a continuous motion machine with the operator controlling the carton supply with timed vacuum control. The machine erects and closes the bottom of the carton prior to the hand-load area. After loading, the top of the carton is closed and then discharged from the machine.
In todays work environment, safety is always a concern. The VHL addresses evolving safety and ergonomic concerns. Electrically interlocked barrier guarding and main drive overload detent clutch protect the operator from injury. Our new lower hand-load stations accommodate seated or standing operator positions.
The VHL is capable of machine speeds up to 125 cartons per minute. Depending on carton structure, design, the products to be loaded, and operator dexterity. Like all ADCO machines, the VHL is constructed out of stainless steel and is available in both, standard and washdown configurations.



  • Stainless steel construction with fully-welded sheet metal frame provides maximum strength, plus improved sanitation and cleanability over traditional designs
  • Fast, easy changeover with dual shafts and motorized overheads along with servo controls maximizes reliability and productivity
  • Intuitive and modern interface enhances operator experience and improves overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)
  • Full control guide and plowing system maximizes jam protection and reduces downtime
  • Advanced guard design keeps operators safe and maximizes maintenance access

Product Features

  • Stainless steel construction
  • Compact frame with leveling feet and casters
  • High capacity, easy-to-load case magazine
  • Servo motion controls throughout
  • Modern and intuitive operator interface
  • Nordson® ProBlue hot melt glue system
  • Allen-Bradley® PLC control package with touch screen HMI interface
  • Category 3 safety system with fully-interlocked barrier guard package
  • Many product handling and infeed options available


  • Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
  • Bakery & Snack Foods
  • Confections
  • Nutritional Products
  • Personal Care
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Soap & Detergents


Carton Size Range

DimensionsMin (in)Max (in)Min (mm)Max (mm)
Length of Opening 2 9.5 50 240
Width of Opening .75 3 20 75
Carton Depth 4 10 100 255



230/460 VAC, 3-Phase with ground (PE), 60 Hz

Air Consumption

8-9 CFM @ 90 PSI (Venturi)

2-3 CFM @ 90 PSI (Pump)


  • Tuck or glue style cartons
  • Marking and coding systems
  • Low carton indicator