Carton Family – Wrap Around Handle Applying Machine



The Carton Family applies the self-adhesive carry handle on carton boxes, as they are very uncomfortable to grip, lift and carry both during logistics operations and for end-consumers.

The Mactec Carton has an application speed of up to 50 packs per minute (ppm), depending on the pneumatic or electronic model. The speed is up to 100 packs per minute in the double lane version and 150 ppm in the triple lane

In some cases, even though the carton box is already equipped with a paperboard handle on the top, some companies find very useful to apply the self-adhesive carry handle on it as material reinforcement and to provide superior comfort for end users. 

Applying a tape-carry handle on a carton box requires great attention, because there are different kinds of paperboard and surface treatments. It is necessary to choose the most appropriate self-adhesive carry handle to guarantee reliable application



Carton application requires some specific features:

Special self-adhesive tape
Application of a very long adhesive handle with an extraordinary width (up to 37.5 mm), ideal for corrugated cartons.

Special Application head
The application head is equipped with a special long arm to apply the handle underneath the packs.

Special conveyor
This is actually divided into 2 smaller parallel conveyors: in the gap, the long arm applies the handle

Excellent holding strength
It is necessary to apply the tape handle from the top to beneath the carton, to ensure a robust grip of the tape and avoid critical issues. The self-adhesive carry handle wraps around the bottom for 20-30 mm on each side.

Carton box test
In order to guarantee optimal application, we always test the application of the tape, taking into consideration:

  • different types of cardboard
  • different surfaces of the box

  • Web connection via Ethernet. When the operator requests remote assistance, the customer service assistant connects to the PLC touch screen, making it possible to intervene directly on the machine.
  • External electrical cabinet. Some production lines have centralized and integrated electrical panels for the machines instead of individual ones close to the machine.
  • Air conditioning on electrical cabinet. Warm countries need this option to avoid electrical issues caused by the climate.
  • Motorized height adjustment on handle applying head. Easy and fast adjustment of the height of the application head when the operator changes the packaging format.
  • Adjustable distance between the handle applying heads’ center-lanes. For double lane models.
  • Handle-loop shaping device (Arc). Very useful for top flat packs, it facilitates creating the arched shape of the carry handle.
  • Stainless Steel frame. For the food sector, to prevent contamination by rust, varnish, and other dangerous elements.

Mactec Handle Applicators apply every kind of self-adhesive carry handle in commerce:

  • Standard (Traditional). The handle requires the coupling of the two distinct components (self-adhesive tape + back insert) by the handle applicator before being applied on the transiting packaging
  • Pre-laminated (Pre-made or Pre-handled). The handle does not require the coupling of the two components by the handle applicator, as it has already been manufactured as one piece, “ready to use” product to be directly applied on the transiting packaging .

The handle dimensions applicable range from 25 mm to 37.5 mm (width). There are no limitations for length.

Mactec recommends using Alimac products for their high quality levels and the proven high performance of its handle applicators. Some Alimac product families (pre-handled):

  • Paper Family.  
    Printable paper insert for marketing (brand, bar code, QR code, etc.), very good value for money; superior quality product vs. traditional ones.
  • Flexy.
    A transparent adhesive carry handle with a printable Polypropylene insert (PP). Eye-catching effect and good communication; brilliant colors; original form memory; long lasting storage
  • Clear.
    This fully transparent solution has an integrated handle in polypropylene (PP) and is printable (brand, logo). Discreet and elegant, it highlights the uniqueness of the original packaging and does not cover its writings. Original form memory; long lasting storage. Useful where there are advertising restrictions on the packaging.
  • Soft (Foam 1mm+2 mm).
    Made up of an adhesive backing with an insert of soft polyolefin foam, this solution ensures greater comfort in grasping, lifting, and carrying the packaging. Ideal for heavy packaging and especially popular with some end-user segments for its superior comfort level. Another option is to add a color-printed insert. The ultimate brand experience and caring for end-consumers.

Pre-laminated carry handle benefits:

  1. no critical issues for the coupling
  2. faster operations, as it is not necessary for the operator to reload the cardboard clip
  3. high-quality insert: long lasting Polypropylene (PP) insert
  4. glossy print: high-quality printing and more effective communication
  5. original form memory: the carry handle returns to its original form after being used
  6. warehouse operations rationalization: just one reel to be stored
  7. just one supplier: no other suppliers are required for different kinds of cardboard
  8. long-lasting storage: reduction of common storage problems (ex: humidity)

Dimensions (mm)

L1 (conveyor length) 2900 2900 3272 Tailor made project 2900 3274
L2 (total length) 3770 3770 3272 Tailor made project 3770 3274
W (width) 1470 1470 1337 Tailor made project 1550 2764
A: single lane; B: double lane

Technical Data

  • M5 Wrap Electro
    • Machine speed: up to 100 packs/min per lane
    • Installed Power: 9 kW ÷ 15 Kw
    • Power Supply: 400 V AC - 50 Hz - 3Ph+N+G
    • Auxiliary Voltage: 24V DC/AC
    • Electrics IP: IP54
    • Air Supply: 6 bar
    • Air consumption: 100NL/min ÷ 250NL/min
    • Operating temperature: +8°C ÷ +40°C
  • M1 Wrap (Carton)
    • Machine speed: up to 25 packs/min per lane
    • Installed Power: 2,5kW ÷ 5kW (single/double lane)
    • Power Supply: 400VAC - 50Hz - 3Ph+N+G
    • Auxiliary Voltage: 24V DC/AC
    • Electrics IP: IP54
    • Air Supply: 6bar
    • Air consumption: 100NL/min : 200NL/min
    • Working temperature: +8°C ÷ +40°C


  • M1
  • M5


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