Multipacking Equipment Speed

New Multipaker Speed-up Kit for Meridian XR Reaches Speeds of 345 Cartons Per Minute

The innovation team at R.A Jones continues to develop new solutions for our customers’ manufacturing challenges – the latest being the speed-up kit for Meridian XR multipacker machines. Consumer trends have been driving the need for beverage manufacturers to increase the speed at which they can produce 4, 6 and 8 pack configurations of product. Current beverage machines on the market could not sustain speeds of over 300 cartons per minute. This was the prefect challenge for R.A Jones to tackle given its extensive history with developing new technologies across multiple industries.

Our team of engineers developed a new carton feed system that can be retrofitted to Meridian XR machines already in service or new machine orders to sustain speeds of 345 cartons per minute for 4, 6 and 8 pack configurations, while also improving carton per minute speeds for larger configurations.

This patent pending carton feed system was inspired by the current Orbi-Trak carton feed found on our Criterion tissue machines that reach speeds of 500+ cartons per minute. The current Orbi-Trak carton feed system could not address the wide carton size range the Meridian XR allows for our beverage customers, so additional pick and place spindles and their locations had to be engineered. After other patent-pending technology was engineered into the new carton feed system, the multipack speed-up kit was ready to be released and tested.

While we were developing the new multipacker speed-up kit, Refresco, a long time R.A Jones customer, came to the organization with plans to expand their multipacking capabilities. Refresco is the largest independent beverage solutions provider in the world, co-packing beverages for some of the most well-known consumer goods brands in the market today. They needed a new R.A Jones multipacker that could exceed the production speed they were used to getting from our equipment to address their production needs and surge capabilities.

Charbel Karkour, VP of Engineering and Program Management of Refresco North America had this to say about the new Meridian XR they installed with the new speed up kit:

“As one of the leading beverage solutions providers and partner to some of the biggest brands in the world, it is important for Refresco to collaborate with trusted OEMs to incorporate new packaging technology into our facilities. It helps us meet the demands of our customers and exceed their expectations. By partnering with R.A Jones and installing the Meridian XR with the new speed-up capabilities, our production line immediately becomes more flexible, and drives down our cost per package. Refresco is proud to say we are the first to have this new technology and speed capabilities, which would not have been possible without the mutual trust and support between our two organizations. This new speed-up kit will quickly become the new standard across the industry.

If your organization currently has one of our Meridian XR machines and is interested in upgrading it with the new speed-up kit or if you are in the market for a new multipacking machine, complete and submit the form below or email us direct at

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