When a company is deciding to invest in a fully automated coffee capsule filling and sealing machine, it can be particularly challenging to find the right one for the production line because there are so many selections.
Buyers tend to get dazzled. One of the most common questions we receive is how to choose from a linear or rotary K cup filling machine.
In this article, we will focus on the most obvious differences between these two types of filling machines made in our factory.
It refers to a K cup filling machine with a straight body.
In terms of internal structure, all working stations are in a straight line from the empty capsule drop to the filling and sealing, until the capsule output.
The mold plates carry the capsules and move in a straight line between all of the working stations.
At one end of the machine is the starting station for dropping the capsules, while at the other end is the final station for outputting the filled and sealed capsules.
It refers to a K cup filling machine with a cylindrical body.
In terms of internal structure, all working stations are on a circumference, starting from the capsule drop, through the filling and sealing, until the capsule output.
The mold plates that carry the capsules complete the circumference between all stations.
The starting station for the capsule drop is next to the final station for the output.
We know that when changing the production capsule type(for example, from K cup to Nespresso), it is often necessary to change the whole set of mold plates on the machine.
A single-lane rotary filling machine has fixed 12 mold plates, while a single-lane linear machine has more than 44 mold plates (the number will be larger as the number of stations increases).
So when a linear machine needed to be changed from K cup to Nespresso, it will take much more operation time than a rotary K cup filling machine.
Meanwhile, the rotary machine saves material because it uses fewer mold plates.
If you look closely at the running of the machine, you may notice one thing the mold plates of the rotary machine can be lifted from the bottom (both auger filling and heat sealing station).
The purpose of doing this is not to spill the powder out at the auger filling station, and the second is that at the heat sealing station after lifting the mold plate, the air cylinder for heat sealing will not cause continuous downward pressure on the big round disk which will make it tilt after long working hours.
However, the linear machine is unable to do the lift-up of the mold plates, but only to pad an aluminum plate right below the mold plate at the heat sealing station to minimize the downward pressure of the mold plates caused by the heat sealing air cylinder.
However, the continuous downward pressure at this station still exists, and after long years of machine operation, there will be a possible result of a lateral or vertical change in the position of the mold plates, deviating from its original position.
When this phenomenon occurs, it is necessary to adjust the position of the whole set of mold plates.
This is a work cost time and requires specialized technicians to be there to do it.
That is to say, from this point, the rotary K cup filling machine has a higher stability.
The linear machine has a long body and a large space reserved, so there is room to add several processes to the standard workstations.
In contrast, the rotary machine was designed to save space and make the machine compact.
Therefore, it is a little difficult to add processes to the standard stations when it has fixed only 12 stations.
For example, you want to produce Dolce gusto coffee capsules, and you prefer to fill each capsule with some special flavor additives.
For a rotary machine, it is difficult to do this because it requires two additional film cutting (inner and outer film) and flavor injection processes on the standard model.
In this case, the linear machine is highly recommended.
Features of linear K cup filling machine: larger space uses more mold plates, takes longer time when changing production capsule type, may need to adjust the mold plate position after long years of operation.
Features of rotary K cup filling machine: more compact space, fewer mold plates (12), takes less time when changing production capsule type, and no need to adjust the mold plate position after years of operation.
In terms of price, the rotary K cup filling machine is about 20% more expensive than the linear type.
As the actual user of the K cup filling machine, you need to let it know some necessary parameters, such as the filling weight, only then can it fill to capsules at the fixed weight you want.
In fact, it’s not yet enough for the machine to achieve the special filling weight you need, because it has not been equipped with an automatic filling weight adjustment function.
That function means as long as you set the [Fill weight] parameters, the machine can try different filling weights again and again automatically until the weight reaches the goal.
As the K cup filling machine will be designed to become more intelligent, that function may become a standard in the future.
For now, in addition to the filling weight, the K cup filling machine also needs to know a coefficient called [Fill ratio] to find out how many turns the auger is needed to make.
In this article, we will talk about how to set these two filling parameters on the control panel(touch screen) of the K cup filling machine made by AFPAK.
One is [Fill weight] and another is [Fill ratio] as shown in the picture below.
Step 1: Preparation.
First, confirm that your K cup filling machine is powered on, the compressed air is well connected, and there are about 60% ~ 80% full of coffee powder in the hopper.
Then loosen the fixing screw a little bit so that the whole hopper with the filling nozzle can be moved out.
Then turn the hand wheel to lift the whole hopper a little higher to where it can be turned out of the big round table.
After moving the hopper out, place a powder collection box under the filling nozzle.
Prepare a scale on your side, put an empty cup(such as a K cup) on, and zero it.
Step 2: Change the parameters on the screen for the first time.
Press the [Operation screen] button in the bottom of the screen.
Then press the [Auto] button in the middle of the screen to switch the mode to “Manual”.
Then press [Filling][Stir] two buttons on the left of the screen to turn these two functions on.
Press the value of the filling weight which is on the right of the [Fill weight] label to enter into the value modification interface.
Fill in the value that how many grams of the coffee powder you want to load into each capsule, then press [Enter] to save this modification.
As for the [Fill ratio], keep the factory setting value for the moment.
([Fill ratio] is one of the coefficients determining how many turns the auger is required to achieve the [Fill weight]. You need several times to try later to get the right value.)
Step 3: Test running for the first time.
(The first try to find out whether [Fill ratio] is just the right value by running the machine and weighing the filled K cups.)
Press the green RUN button at the bottom of the control panel to run the machine.
(Actually only the [Filling] and [Stir] two functions will be active.)
Ignore the first few times of filling(about five times), and let the powder be filled into the collection box.
(In this process, the coffee powder will be gradually and evenly distributed to the auger, and only then you can weigh the filled K cups.)
Put the prepared empty cup under the filling nozzle to get the one-time filling powder and then weigh it.
(Write down the weight if you think it’s necessary.)
Empty this filled cup and repeat the above actions(filling and weighing) about five times.
Press the red STOP button at the bottom of the control panel to stop the machine.
Calculate the average filling weight and compare it with the [Fill weight] value that you set on the screen before.
Step 4: Change the [Fill ratio] value on the screen.
If the average weight in step 3 is larger than [Fill weight], then decrease [Fill ratio] by 0.01 or 0.02.
If it is lower than [Fill weight], increase [Fill ratio] by 0.01 or 0.02.
Else it means now the [Fill ratio] is just the right value and needs no changes or further tests.
Step 5: Repeat step3 and step4 until the average filling weight is almost equal to [Fill weight].
The “almost equal” means the deviation is little than 0.1.
It should be noted that the hopper needs to be refilled in time to keep 60% ~ 80% full of coffee powder inside during the tests.
The following video is a sample of how to operate our rotary K cup filling machine.
Because the auger will be evenly filled with coffee granules which are not very much in particle size, the weight of the coffee on each turn (or each small section) of the threads is almost the same.
So if the auger rotates a fixed number of turns, it can fill a fixed number of coffee.
The servo motor is used to precisely control the number of turns of the auger.
As long as the machine knows the [Fill weight] and [Fill ratio], it will calculate how many turns the servo motor needs to rotate the auger each time.
The weight of coffee on each turn of the auger will be influenced by several factors: coffee beans, roasting, grinding(particle shape or size), auger size, and the amount of coffee powder left in the hopper(the more powder in the hopper, the tighter they are pressed on the auger).
All these factors lead to different [Fill ratio].
During the real production process, it is probable that different coffee powders will be used to fill into capsules, and this is the time that the [Fill ratio] parameter is need to be reset.
The filling accuracy that can be achieved now is ±0.2g.
After the complete set of parameters, the hopper needs to be turned back to its original position.
This includes the horizontal position and the vertical position.
If these positions are not easy to find, it’s better that you mark them before you start to set filling parameters.
An interview with the most experienced team of manufacturing coffee sealing and filling machines at AFPAK is revealed to unravel more details on the popularity of coffee capsules
Allen Cao, who is the coffee sealing and filling machine designer at AFPAK
There are a few reasons why coffee capsules are so popular or why there are more and more people interested in instant coffee.
Convenience: By using coffee capsules, anyone could get a cup of fresh coffee within 1 minute. All he or she needs is a small coffee machine and a coffee capsule at home or in the office. Especially during the pandemic, people tend to work from home more often. With less social activity, a quick drink of instant coffee is much more preferred. Besides, the coffee capsules are filled and sealed by specially designed machines which ensures freshness and longer shelf life. With nitrogen flushed during the filling and sealing process, the taste stays.
The simplicity of cleaning: It is just a small coffee machine with coffee capsules. It does not take anyone’s great effort to clean the machine.
Low cost: Each capsule is priced at an affordable price which is about 0.3-0.5 USD per capsule.
Variety of flavors: there are so many different kinds of tastes in the market. I am pretty sure anyone would find the flavor they like.
Environmental-friendly material: the capsules have gone through different stages from simply containing the coffee powder by using any type of material to adopting environmental-friendly material. Easily degradable materials are applied to produce the coffee capsules.
In the market, Nespresso is definitely the best-selling currently in the world and its sales of it are still increasing each year. Nespresso has a history dating back to 1948, which indicates that Nespresso has undergone over 50 years of development. It has contributed greatly to the rise of the instant coffee business and hence the thriving of the manufacturing of coffee capsule filling and sealing machines.
Every year, there will be new flavors developed and come out, and hundreds of flavors of Nespresso exist in the world. The diversity of the flavors of the Nespresso coffee capsules is the main reason for its popularity, while the constant innovation prevents this heat from being subsided. As I mentioned early, anyone could find one flavor they love in coffee capsules. Maybe I could also say that anyone would find one flavor from Nespresso coffee capsules they love.
Yes, there are some differences. I guess it is hard to let Nespresso win all the markets. Right? The fundamental reasons behind that are competition between coffee capsule suppliers and the preference of the local market, namely localization. As Nespresso has developed so fast and cultivated a lot of coffee lovers to form a habit of drinking instant coffee. Or in other words, a lot of traditional coffee lovers or coffee lovers of the new generation who are more likely to accept new stuff and enjoy a faster pace of life become fans of coffee capsules. This brings a great opportunity for business and profit making. Therefore, a lot of newcomers to the coffee capsules business would like to seize this opportunity to get a share of this ever-growing cake, build a business and make a fortune out of it. So a lot of competition appears that a lot of brands of coffee capsules come out.
For instance, K cups based in the USA has grown to be one of the biggest coffee capsule suppliers in the world and it is the No. 1 in the USA. One of its most popular flavors is Americano. They are saying that if you drink a cup of Americano from K cups and eat he donut at the same time, your day is just made.
Besides K cups’ popularity in the USA, in the North American market, there is a famous system of coffee capsules developed by Nespresso which is called Nespresso Vertuoline. It is like a customized system, especially for the North American market.
Further, even in the European market where Nespresso stemmed from, Nespresso is not the most popular. According to some research, Lavazza capsules are more popular there. The main reason is that there are a lot of different sizes of Lavazza in the market that can meet all types of demand. Myself, I am a deep coffee lover and I prefer large cups of coffee. I could drink a lot of cups, over 1 liter each day. So Lavazza capsules are my favorite.
Italian coffee capsules are the top competitors to Nespresso. There is a well-known company called GAGGIA which has developed a special but popular coffee capsule system, the Caffitaly. This old company never stopped innovation. They carry out a lot of research each year to identify the different types of demands in the market. And they will adjust or create new flavors to meet the new kind of demand for coffee capsule flavors.
The system is like this: Caffitaly coffee capsules have two microfiltration back pressures above and below. High pressure of 15 bar is generated by the pump, which then penetrates the capsule. First micro press the filter coffee grounds. The pressure received by this filter is evenly distributed, which ensures that the brewed coffee has the same taste as espresso. Because the pressure will be brought in through the upper microfiltration equalizer, and it will be brought in very evenly. This pressure plus the secondary microfiltration back pressure can make the coffee powder brew a more mellow and rich taste.
The differences might lie in the weight of the granule or powder inside the coffee capsules, the size, the outlook or design of the coffee capsules, the flavor of the capsules, the packaging style, the way of brewing the coffee capsules, and others. Let us go over the major differences one by one.
The weight of granules or powder inside the coffee capsules:
Different brands have different weight standards which stem from the customer's demand in a different region. It could be 8 grams of coffee powder inside the capsuled for the Caffitaly, for instance.
As I mentioned before, I prefer the large size Lavazza because of its large size which could meet my daily coffee consumption requirement. But in general, smaller size are more popular. And different coffee capsule providers would divide coffee lovers into different groups such as heavy coffee lovers and light coffee lovers.
There are cup-shaped coffee capsules, and there are UFO-shaped coffee capsules. In general, those types of special styles of structure are created to target young coffee lovers. Those various structures of coffee capsules are customized.
Even for just Nespresso, there are hundreds of flavors. The richness of flavors originated that different countries have different cultures and their preference towards coffee tastes are totally different. Espresso without sugar would be someone’s favorite, while cappuccino or latte is someone else favorite. It is that different demand, resulting in the big brands never stopping innovation of new flavors.
This is quite simple. Some boxes are packed with 5 coffee capsules and some are packed with 10 coffee capsules. I think this is based on the purchasing power of customers.
It depends on the brewing machine also. Water temperature and the time the water runs through the coffee powder so to carry out the flavor would affect greatly the taste of the coffee.
Actually, it is very easy to start a coffee capsule filling and sealing business so to sell to local shops or supermarkets their coffee capsules. All you need is a bit of investment to buy a high-quality coffee capsule filling and sealing machine that AFPAK could provide.
AFPAK coffee capsule filling and sealing machines are designed by well-experienced engineers. AFPAK adopts food safety grade materials and well-known brands to the machines to ensure high-efficiency filling and sealing.
There are a lot of typed of coffee capsule filling and sealing machines offered by AFPAK for start-ups, small businesses and large businesses. There are one-lane machines such as RN1S COFFEE CAPSULE FILLING SEALING MACHINE which is low-cost for new or small businesses. There are 4/6/8 lanes machines for medium to large businesses to greatly increase their productivity in the workshop.
During the filling and sealing, the nitrogen will be flushed so to ensure a long shelf life of the coffee capsules.
Moreover, to meet any type of demand on production, AFPA offers coffee capsule filling and sealing machines for Nespresso, Lavazza, Dolce Gusto, K cups, and others. Also, AFPAK offers cups at competitive prices so it is not necessary for customers to buy cups from other suppliers.
AFPAK aims at being the best partner for customers to meet all their requirements and help them grow and lead in the market.
Since the outbreak of covid-19, working in the office is much more limited, and more and more people start to work from home.
This has greatly increased the consumption of instant coffee at home with K cups consumption increasing by 7%.
Even now it is getting better with the pandemic and traveling is basically the same as before the epidemic, the amount of consumption of instant coffee is continuously increasing, which means more and more coffee lovers become K cup fans.
The higher demand for K cups has driven the industry of K cups related machine manufacture to thrive.
A great amount of K cup business has become larger from small.
A lot of new startups worldwide try to seize the opportunity to enter the K cups business.
Hence to help those small to big businesses, AfPak has launched AF-HB410 high-end filling and sealing packaging machine with 4 lanes to boost efficiency and productivity.
It is a machine, that not only can it complete the filling and sealing of various types of coffee pods or cups, but also it could pack the filled and sealed pods or cups connected with the box packaging machine.
The below photo of the AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine has displayed its two major parts, which are the filling and sealing machine AF-H4 and the box packaging machine AF-B10.
The below video presents how the AF-H4 fills and seals the coffee k cups.
AF H4 Kcup filling sealing machine is a highly efficient machine that could fill and seal 160-200 cups each minute. It has 4 lanes to fill and seal so to improve efficiency. And lanes could be customized, which means customers could choose 2 lanes, 4 lanes, 6 lanes, or even more.
AfPak offers a turnkey solution to increase customers’ workshop efficiency and productivity it is not necessary for customers to find other box packaging machines to pack cups or pods after the cups or pods are filled and sealed. To maximize automation in the customer’s factories, AfPak also offers a box packaging machine that is connected to the filling and sealing machine to form a complete production line. This time is saved and customers do not need further pack the cups or pods by themselves. It is hence labor-saving.
|Output speed||160-200 cups/min||20-40 boxes/min dependent on packaging type|
|Packaging type||5*2,10*1 or other customized requirement|
|Voltage||3 phases* 220V, 50/60hz (adjustable)|
|Air consumption||45 scfm|
|Nitrogen consumption||30 scfm|
As below, there are 4 lanes of silo to load empty cups, which could be customized, such as 6 lanes or 8 lanes. Empty cups are loaded to get ready for next step to get filled and sealed. The cup silos have a high volume which could be up to 500 capsules. But the amount of empty cups could be loaded varies as the size of the cups might be different based on the products.
Here the well stacked empty are dropped separately to positions on the conveyor molds. The specially designed structure ensures the cups are dropped one by one, so that each time in each position, there in only on cup. Thus this will help to make a smooth filling and sealing.
There are cups detection sensors equipped above the 4 lanes. The principle is if there is no cup on the position of the mold detected, the rest process such as filling and sealing will not be carried out. This improve greatly the high-quality filling and sealing. Without such detection sensors, the powder will be filled into the empty position and will be everywhere, making the machine dirty and increase the difficulty of cleaning.
There are 4 filling heads connected to the powder or granule silo to delivery the powder and granule into the cups. It is the servo filling system. During the whole process of filling and sealing, the nitrogen are flushed to protect to ensure the freshness of the coffee powder so to extend the shelf life of the cups.
After the cups are filled with coffee powder, there is a edge cleaning system to suck the powder away from the mouth edges of the cups. With powder left on the edges, the film could not be sealed tightly onto the cups. So this step is key to make sure the cups could be sealed completely. Thus it helps to reduce the defective coffee cups products and ensure a longer shelf life of the cups.
This prepared film will be sent to each cups in this step.
After the cups edge is cleaned and the film is placed on the cup, the sealing process comes. From filling to sealing, nitrogen is flushed to clean the air in the cups. Besides, the yellow tubes on each lane keep sucking the residual powder or granule. Not only could them help clean the cups or pods filled and sealed, but also they would clean the molds and other major parts of the machine for next round filling and sealing.
There is a vibration plate as below to sort out the lids of the cups. This will help with organizing the lids so to correct the position. Then it will deliver the cups to the conveyor on the 4-lane machine. This is optional, as some customer prefer only the film to seal the cups.
On the 4-lane machine there are 4 lids sucker. When the 4 columns of the lids delivered to where close to the cups, the 4 lids sucker will suck 4 lids and put it on the sealed cups. There is an enhancing system to firmly fasten the lids on the cups. Here, the cups are completely filled and sealed.
The conveyor will deliver the cups to the AF-B10 box packaging machine for further packing.
The cups could be packed in the form of 5*2, 10*1 or based on customer’s requirement. And the box will be shipped out, ready to be list on the shelf of shops and supermarkets. Take 5*2 format of packing for instance. The cups filled and sealed will be divided into 2 rows and there will be 5 cups in each row by the specially designed system on the boxing packaging machine. There will be a robot hand to grasp the 10 cups and put them into the box.
AFpak aims at helping customer to maximize the automation during the production so to cut customer’s labor cost. The AF-H4 filling and sealing machine is preferred by the customer to combine it with the AF-B10 box packaging machine to get a turnkey solution from filling and sealing to packing. The automatic production line is hence formed that not only the efficiency is boosted significantly, but also the cost is much lowered. For such big machine, 1 or 2 operators in general would be enough.
The AF-H4 filling and sealing machine with 4 lanes could complete filling and sealing 4 columns of cups at the same time. The output speed is about 160 to 200 cups per minute. The AF-B10 could possibly pack 20 to 40 boxes each minute. And the efficiency could be further improved if customers select the filling and sealing packaging machine with 6 lanes or 8 lanes. Customization enables the machine to meet various of type of demand from customer.
The straight lane design of this AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine is based on the decades years of experience of engineers and also according to suggestion from AFpak’ regular customers. To begin with, this special design has a nice outlook and with a lot of firm glass equipped, it is possible to see though the glass and check how each processing step is carried out. Besides, the straight lane style makes it easier to clean the coffee powder residue. Further, when the AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine was launched, engineers spent a lot of time on cutting the size of the machine smaller to save customer’s space, which is also good for shipping and transportation. The machine size of AF-H4 is 4800mm*1000mm*2300mm and the machine size of AF-B10 is 3500mm*1500mm*1650mm. The weight of them are 1500kg and 1000kg respectively. All the parts and structure are designed by the principle of simplicity. So every part is useful. Furthermore, the well-known brands such as Schneider are used in the machine to ensure s excellent performance. Last but not least, with the straight lane design, the speed of conveyor could be fast to boost the speed of filling and sealing.
As discussed earlier, sensors are adopted above the lanes of the machine to detect the cups if they are in the position. The sensor heads will sense the cup and feedback to the “brain” of the machine. If there is no cup on the mold, the next few steps including the filling, edge cleaning, sealing, and lids placed would not be carried out. This system would improve the accuracy of filling and reduce the issues of powder scattered everywhere in the machine which might result in the trouble of cleaning. Further, there are lids sensors adopted to ensure a higher quality of sealing. When there are no lids detected, the sealing operation would not be taken place.
Here the commonality of AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine refers to its ability to pack different types of products based on the customers’ demand. Various types of powder and granules such as instant coffee, cocoa powder, tea granules, dry food granules, and other types of powder and granules can be packed by the machine. The position on the molds of the lanes could be changed in terms of size based on the customers’ needs. Highly customization enables AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine to process the production and pack capsules, cups and pods such as Nespresso, Dolce gusto, Lavazza espresso point, K cups and more.
Though the size of AF-HB410 filling and sealing packaging machine is not small, it only takes 1 or 2 operator to run it. And the operator does not need to be very experienced. Anyone working in the workshop could learn quickly to run the machine. Full guidance and operating instruction will be provided. There will be quick responses from AFpak’s after-sale team for any questions raised. It is one of the best machine in the market for customer who are new to K cups filling and sealing industry.
The filling processed is carried out at the vertical screw filling part which is driven by the servo motor. The amount of powder or granules are delivered accurately into the cups by the servo motor to make it possible to ensure the almost the same weight of the cups. The accuracy could be reached about 0.2 gram. Besides, the amount of powder or granules to filled into the cups could be adjusted.
From filling to sealing, the nitrogen is flushed, aiming at keeping the freshness and long shelf life of the capsules or cups. There are also edge cleaning process, to prevent any incomplete sealing. Moreover, there is air suction function to suck all the powder out of the molds, so to clean and render the machine clean enough for next round of processing.
Both pre-cut lids or roll film could be used on the machine for sealing purpose. Over 1000 pre-cut lids could be stored in the lids silo. There is automation to cut the the film, pick the lids, place the film and seal the film.
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As sustainability goals approach, large food and beverage companies are accelerating their investments in sustainable packaging programs. A survey conducted by market research firm GlobalData in April of this year revealed that nearly 35 percent of companies have changed their behavior in the past year to meet sustainable environmental, social and governance goals.
"As the post-epidemic era approaches, consumers are reassessing their consumption behavior and food and beverage manufacturers are aligning their products with the sustainable 4Rs - Reduce, Reuse, Remove and Recycle." Kiran Raj, head of GlobalData's Disruptive Technologies practice, noted. "Sustainability appears to have moved beyond the symbolic meaning of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to become a top priority on manufacturers' business agendas, thereby accelerating the shift to a circular economy."
Nestlé plans to pilot the Neo capsule coffee machine and corresponding capsule coffee in France and Switzerland next year, which differs from previous ones in that it is Nestlé's first paper-shell capsule with a shell that can be used for composting at home and a package that weighs 70 percent less than previous capsules.
Nestlé said that after three years of research and development, this home compostable paper-based capsule coffee can be experienced without compromising taste. Nestlé said consumer demand for compostable packaging is increasing, with an estimated 45 percent of French people now composting one or more types of bio-waste at home.
Nespresso CEO Guillaume Le Cunff said, "Pushing the boundaries of the premium coffee experience is part of Nespresso's innovation, and we are more committed than ever to offering consumers a wider range of sustainable options."
Nestlé has also invested approximately $5 million in the Italian venture capital foundation Eureka! Fund to fund research to accelerate innovative packaging solutions, improve the quality of collection and recycling processes, and increase the adoption of recycled food-grade plastics.
Coca-Cola has partnered with O-I Glass, the largest manufacturer of glass containers, to recycle glass bottle packaging in May 2022. Coca-Cola is also partnering with Graphic Packaging International to launch the first U.S. KeelClip paperboard packaging for cans in June 2022 and with Jingdong in January 2022 to support China's circular economy.
Earlier this year, PepsiCo signed an agreement with Carlsberg Group to minimize its reliance on single-use packaging. In June, PepsiCo also partnered with blockchain company Security Matters to recycle plastic.
While recycling is a step in the right direction for companies, it is not the ultimate solution for sustainability, as many recyclable plastics simply cannot be recycled and it takes considerable energy to convert these used products into new ones," said Shagun Sachdeva, program manager for disruptive technologies at GlobalData. With plastics still in circulation and recycled waste ending up in landfills, attention is turning more to green packaging materials."
"While major FMCG companies have set sustainability goals for the next five to eight years, there are still complexities in terms of scale, long-term planning, and slow market adoption that make it difficult for them to easily implement sustainability commitments. But in the long run, it will be interesting to watch how companies will make impactful changes to sustainability on a global scale."
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It’ll be perfect if you are able to use any coffee capsule in your home coffee maker which means you can taste hundreds of flavors, strengths, and styles of coffee with just one machine.
Unfortunately, as you know, things not work out in that way, and once you buy a machine, you are limited to one type of capsule.
There are so many different kinds of coffee capsules that we have to be careful to distinguish between them, and notice the differences between pods and capsules.
Coffee Pod Or Coffee Capsule
Although there are places where these two items can refer to the same thing even they are often used interchangeably, but actually they are different things.
Coffee pod or pad is a pre-packed dose of ground coffee in a paper filter, and just looked like a round cake shaped tea bag.
It’s divided into two types: soft pod and hard pod.
The soft pod is almost the Senseo pod, which is a bag of untamped ground coffee used to prepare a 80 to 110ml coffee at approximately 2 bar or simply a steep coffee.
The hard pod is also called Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E) pod, which is well tamped fine ground coffee used to make espresso in pump machines.
However, coffee capsule refer to Nespresso capsules, K-cups, Dolce Gusto capsules, which are ground coffee in plastic, aluminum or bio-degradable material containers with a sealed lid each.
Each type of coffee capsule varies in shape, size and even more.
Coffee Capsule Packing Machine
Let’s define the coffee capsule packing machine as the machine that produce coffee capsules from empty capsule and ground coffee.
There is no doubt that each type of capsule need different packing machine for production.
They either require unique processes or unique methods for specific steps.
But the working principle is the same as mentioned below:
The coffee capsule packing machine can be classified into two types according to automation level.
Those steps described above are for automatic machine.
Semi-automatic Coffee Capsule Packing machine
If only part of the functions of a fully automatic coffee capsule packing machine are kept, you can get a semi-automatic machine.
It is not difficult to imagine that the machine varies when the kept functions were different in process or number.
They are ideal equipment for starting a small coffee capsule business.
(4 holes semi-auto coffee capsule packing machine - automatic sealing)
(Single lane semi-auto coffee capsule packing machine - automatic filling and sealing)
Automatic Coffee Capsule Packing machine
They are the machines that take care of step.1 “Load empty capsule” to step.6 “Output” full automatically, to minimize human operation during capsule production.
They can simply work as a complete system or connect to additional equipment, such as vibrating capsule sorter, weighting and ejection system, screw feeding machine.
They may have different solutions for each process, such as “Load empty capsules” station, varies from vertical type to horizontal type.
“Fill ground to coffee to each capsule” station, varies from auger filling type to metering filling type.
“Load lids” station, varies from pre-cut lids type to roll film type.
“Output” station, varies from grabbing type to suction type, free fall type, push out type.
They are suit for large scale production of coffee capsules due to their capacities are always over 30 capsules/min.
However, basically one machine can only produce one type of capsule.
(Full automatic coffee capsule packing machine)
Let’s focus on the second classification method.
The coffee capsule packing machine can be classified into another two types according to the overall layout of all workstations within the machine.
Linear Type Coffee Capsule Packing Machine
Linear packing machines have been part of production lines for decades.
These machines keep all workstations in a straight line, complete the filling and sealing process when empty capsules move from one side of the line to another.
They’ll fill capsules in sequence, stop to fill each capsules before moving to the next.
When the capsules complete the filling process, they move to lids placing station, then sealing station, and finally output station.
After one capsule’s output, the mold is empty, it will move to the start of the line to get ready for the next capsule loading.
They always have a rectangular appearance which is different from rotary type coffee capsule packing machine.
They usually operate with one, two, four, or eight heads, even up to twenty to get a higher capacity from 50 to 1000 capsules/min.
(Internal view of a linear type machine - single head)
Rotary Type Coffee Capsule Packing machine
Rotary packing machine keep all the workstations in a circle, complete the filling and sealing process when empty capsules move one round.
They’ll also fill capsules in sequence, stop to fill each capsules before moving to the next.
They’re the same as the linear type machines that the capsules complete the filling, lids placing, sealing and output process in sequence, while the capsule loading station is right next to the output station.
After one capsule’s output, the mold is empty, it will move to the capsule loading station when it passed the “no capsule detection” sensor.
They always have a cylindrical appearance.
They usually operate with one, two or four heads, while more heads is rare.
(Internal view of a Rotary type machine - single head)
The Differences Between Linear Type and Rotary Type
They are different in structure, material, capacity and price.
The different requirements for structure, body material, lead to different capacity and the price is also not at the same level.
Linear type coffee capsule packing machine is slower but cheaper than rotary type, which make it more affordable for a startup company.
However, the rotary machine has improved in terms of structure and performance.
It’s more compact and faster, but on the other hand, more complex and higher demands on maintenance.
When it comes to making changeover to produce different capsules, the rotary machine will be easier, due to easier detachable, less number of mould.
Linear type and rotary type packing machines have their own advantages and disadvantages.
It’s better to choose the right machine which fit your business goal.
AFPAK is a global leader in coffee capsule packing machine area, has an extensive range of coffee capsule packing machines and can offers you one-stop solution.
They also provide customized machines for your specific needs.
Nowadays, they have successfully realized muti-products production in one machine.
To find out more, contact this team.
Are you planning to choose the right coffee capsule packing machine, but you don't know how to start?
Many of my clients are in the same situation, asking for advice from the salesman from the very beginning.
Here we will guide you in choosing the right coffee capsule packing machine.
In my opinion, instead of asking for a quotation directly, it is better to start by asking yourself first, what’s your real needs, and then target your search for a machine.
So, let's figure out this thing in two steps.
I listed some usual demands of the capsule type our clients requested.
·Only one specific capsule: aluminum Nespresso capsule or others
·Only Nespresso, but both aluminum and plastic, even the third material
·Both K-cups and Nespresso in one machine
·Three types of capsules or more
Different demands of the capsule type have different requirements for the machine structure.
Sometimes you need to purchase more than one machine due to so many types you want to put into production that it’s very hard to realize in one single machine.
So, you need to determine the capsule type first, including the material.
You need to note that even though both are Nespresso compatible capsules, aluminum is a little different from plastic, A company’s plastic is different from B company’s in dimensions.
Besides, you may also need to know the properties of each material, such as oxygen barrier, vapor/moisture barrier, leakproofness, sealing performance, etc.
If you can decide the empty capsule supplier and the specific capsule model from the very beginning, that’s the best.
Of course, we do not exclude that there are some clients seek machine quotations while seeking quotations for empty coffee capsules to calculate the cost of each finished capsules, then decide which is the target capsule type.
(Which is your target?)
If you have decided on the capsule type, then perhaps you have also decided on the sealing foil to be used, or maybe not.
Sometimes these two things don’t come from the same supplier.
If it’s aluminum capsules, basically it’ll be fit with pre-cut aluminum foil.
If it’s plastic capsules, it’ll be fit with plastic or aluminum film, pre-cut or roll film.
If paper/bio capsules, basically bio-degradable film in roll stock.
One other thing is, do you want to have the logo printed on the film.
If yes, you also have to design a print pattern in advance, then communicate with the film manufacturer and ask them to produce the film with your design.
You need to pay attention that generally the film with your logo printed on, MOQ is relatively large.
There is one special situation that the machine would be used for contract production for various coffee roasters with their own logos printed on film, and in this case a good film supplier would be particularly important.
If you also want to print the date of manufacture on the film, then you will also need to contact the printer manufacturer if this is feasible.
It is important to note that the ink used for printing on the film sheet must be food grade.
(pre-cut film & roll film)
Maybe you've already taken several wholesale bookings from your clients, so you are aware of the volume of production for the next few months or even years.
Or maybe you just have the idea of producing coffee capsules because you saw a certain market.
In either case, an estimate of the expected production is required.
Production speed is an important parameter of a packaging machine and a factor that will raise your budget.
So determining the production speed you want beforehand will actually allow you have a reasonable budget.
Of course, if you have a more optimistic estimate of the market, you can try to choose a slightly faster machine for the future.
Accurate filling weight is the guarantee of good quality coffee capsules.
Each machine manufacturer makes different efforts in this area, like the structural design and the components used.
One way to verify accurate filling weight can be as follows: after a long trial production, do random sampling, and weigh them to calculate the deviation from your expected filling weight.
Robust sealing is also the guarantee of good quality coffee capsules.
One way to verify good sealing quality can be as follows: after a long trial production, do random sampling, visually check whether the sealing surface is neat and tidy, finger press to see whether it is firm, and then leak-proof test.
Oxygen content affects the shelf life of capsules.
You can ask the supplier to do oxygen level test if you have a requirement for this.
Well, the next step is request quotations in a targeted manner.
Since you have considered enough details prior to this step, things will be simple.
The quoted prices may be a little different, but generally no much deviation.
Each quotation may looks as similar to each other, making it difficult for you to make a judgment.
There are actually many factors to consider beyond price like the following.
By the way, if you don't know how to do step 1 at all, then there is another option that you consider doing both steps at the same time.
There are several points based on which you can find out whether your functional requirements can be met?
·You can tell that they have experience on this special capsule and unique function.
·There are customers in the local area who produce similar products as well as that you can pay a visit to.
·You think they had the best solution among all the suppliers.
·They can provide sufficient test evidence during machine building.
If you have a budget on this project, then you may need to make concessions on some functional demands eventually.
If you have limited space in your facility, then the dimensions of the coffee capsule packing machine is something you need to pay extra attention to.
As you know, core components affect the price and performance of the coffee capsule packing machine.
And generally the brand and model of each component should be clearly documented in each quotation.
·Schneider from France or OMRON from Japan ------ Normal configuration
·OMRON ------ Normal configuration
·OMRON ------ Normal configuration
·Schneider or OMRON ------ Normal configuration
·OMRON or Panasonic from Japan ------ Normal configuration
·Schneider ------ Normal configuration
·OMRON or Schneider ------ Normal configuration
·AirTAC from Taiwan ------ Normal configuration
·SMC from Japan ------ High configuration, expensive
Although the fully automatic coffee capsule packing machine is very intelligent but doesn’t mean it’s simple enough to operate directly by anyone without any acknowledgment.
As far as I know, at least at several points, you need some training soon or later.
·How to change filling weight when using different coffee powder
·How to change molds to produce another type of capsule
·What are the meanings of the warning messages
The more function the coffee capsule packing machine has, the more training you need.
It’s important that enough training was provided before the real production.
How to perform final goods inspection?
Generally speaking, there are at least three kinds of final goods inspection methods.
·By photos and videos provided by vendor when the machine is finished
·Field inspection by yourself
·Field inspection by third-party inspection agency
While the first one is the most common, and the least costs.
However it should be noted that if the video continuously records the production for tens of minutes, especially while the machine used your capsules and films, it’ll be more convincing.
And in my experience, how to perform the inspection, even do or not do, you need to take the initiative rather than waiting for the machine provider.
How to perform maintenance?
You should focus on how to perform preventive maintenance rather than corrective maintenance which means what to do when machine failed.
·Which parts need to clean, in what frequency
·Which parts need lubrication, in what frequency
·Which parts need to change regularly
·How to inspect the machine regularly
·When can I cut down the frequency of inspection
As for how to perform the maintenance caused by machine failure, it’s better that you ask for help from supplier directly, which needed to be checked with the supplier
whether this is possible.
What after-sale service will be provided?
·One year ------ Normal
·Two years ------ Outstanding
Generally speaking, you’ll take care of the installation and usually no problem with that, but it’ll be helpful if the supplier can provide sufficient information before the installation.
Similar to machine installation, you’ll take care of the commissioning before real production.
You can take it as part of the training, so it is also important that the supplier can provide adequate support.
The machine supplier is obliged to inform the individual wearing parts as well as ensuring one or more sets packed with the machine.
Besides, the supplier need to commit to providing replacement parts in time even out of warranty period.
·Adequate technical support in daily maintenance and troubleshooting ------ Normal
·Local maintenance staff available ------ Outstanding
·Within 24 hours ------ Normal
·Within 8 hours ------ Outstanding
It’s tens of thousands of money that should means something to you, so it’s worth trying reducing risk in payment terms.
But what I'm trying to say is that rather than dwelling on this point without compromising, how about choose a supplier with good credit.
·30% deposit in advance and balanced before shipment ------ Normal
·30% deposit and balanced on sight or 30 days after arrival ------ Outstanding
When you are going to expand to coffee capsule business and want to purchase a capsule packing machine, go ask yourself or consult the machine supplier about these.
·Foil lid type
·Price & lead time
·Brands of core components
Some of the coffee capsules we produce are for retail sale and are expected to be consumed in a short time.
However, some are expected to be wholesaled or may be placed on supermarket shelves for a long time.
In this case, longer shelf life is required.
Every coffee has a peak post-roast period and should be consumed during this time if you want to enjoy its best flavor.
For some coffees it's just several days, for others it may be as long as several weeks.
Ground coffee is a dry food and just like most dry goods that doesn’t actually go bad, but if it’s left too long after its peak, its flavor or freshness will start to be lost and turn out flat.
This is called shelf life, and it is closely related to freshness.
Roasted coffee has four traditional enemies: oxygen, light, moisture and heat.
Even though it should be given some time to "breathe" after roasting, which means it was allowed for exposure for a period of time, but if it lasts too long can quickly cause lost of its freshness.
The process of packaging was invented to make it easier for food to last longer on the shelf, but the length of that time depends on a number of factors, which can be the coffee capsule packing machine or package material or the storage environment, and the packer must pay close attention to.
Actually the first thing we should pay attention to is one step prior to packing: grinding.
Part.1: Grind size and grind quality
You can only achieve a proper and stable coffee extraction in a short 20 seconds brew time when respect to both grind size as well as grind quality (variation around desired average particle size).
If the size of ground coffee particle is different from each other, the surface area in contact with the water during each brewing will change (the substance extracted at each brewing will not be stable), then ideal uniform extraction cannot be achieved.
In any brewing application, the goal of grinding is to achieve the exact same and ideal size coffee particle.
however, this is not possible due to the mechanical limitations of any type of coffee grinding equipment.
Therefore, instead, we aim to maximize the "fit-to-size" particle fraction and minimize the variance of the other coffee particles from the desired average particle size.
Since the grind size affects the taste, and the taste is also a measure of shelf life, so it’s the first factor that we should pay attention to.
We all know the degassing process which refers to the gases releasing from roasted coffee.
When you roast coffee, gases -- including large amounts of carbon dioxide -- form inside the coffee beans.
In one book called Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality, the author estimates that the release of carbon dioxide is directly related to the loss of volatile substances.
Release 50% carbon dioxide and half of the aroma will disappear and the darker the roast, the greater the loss, he wrote.
In most cases, once the coffee is roasted, you only have 2-3 weeks to experience its optimal freshness and flavor.
For fresh ground coffee, it takes only 30 minutes to get to the point where the freshness drops off quickly and noticeably.
Research shows that some ground coffee loses most of its aroma after 30 minutes.
Each coffee may be a little different, but what is certain is that you need to choose the timing of the grind based on your experience and fill the coffee grounds into the capsule quickly.
For professional coffee roasters who produce their own capsules, it is very important to keep the time between grinding the coffee and sealing the pods as short as possible.
Packaging containers (capsules) come in different shapes, materials and designs.
All of these combine to play an important role in ensuring that packaged coffee granules last as long as possible.
A good container which can gives the coffee powder a long shelf life must protect them from exposure to light, moisture and oxygen.
Aluminum capsules tend to offer the best barrier properties because they are impervious to water and air and protect the coffee from aroma loss. Plus, they are 100% recyclable.
The PP plastic capsules tend to offer good barrier properties to light and moisture, but not a good barrier to oxygen, so can’t be used for long time preservation directly.
While the PP + EVOH + PP multi-layer structure plastic capsules effectively solve the defect of poor oxygen barrier properties.
The PET or PBT plastic capsules also tend to offer good barrier properties to light, moisture, and oxygen, it’s very suited for long time preservation.
The PLA plastic or other bio-degradable materials tend to offer a poor barrier to moisture and oxygen, but the good news is that recently there are some companies solved this problem.
The packing process is very important to the shelf life of packaged coffee.
The single-use of packaging actually helps the capsules stay fresh because the seal is only broken when the coffee is used, rather than being reused like a one-pound bag.
Coffee capsules do not require a complicated packing process, as long as they are well sealed.
The bottom line is to keep the product free from contamination, safe and stable during the packaging process.
Therefore it’s essential that the coffee capsule packing machine is made of 304/316 food-grade stainless steel in the part which contact with coffee, and it has a stable filling weight and sealing quality.
Meanwhile, nitrogen flushing creates an improved atmosphere inside the pods that can keep coffee for up to 6 months.
Each capsule is flushed with nitrogen to squeeze out oxygen, and if it’s possible, vacuum outer sealing can maximize the isolation of oxygen, light, and moisture.
After looking at all the other factors, the final piece of the puzzle is the storage environment.
If the storage environment is wrong, even if you get other things right, everything can go to waste.
You have to take into account temperature, cleanliness and air humidity.
High heat and high humidity environment will make food spoil faster.
So, make sure storage areas are clean, dry and open.
Studies have shown that a 10°C increase in temperature increases the rate of deterioration by 15-23%.
However, that doesn't mean you should store your coffee capsule in the freezer.
The humidity can cause moisture to seep into the package.
A not hot, not bright, and dry place like a pantry or cupboard may be a good choice.
Avoid placing in warm places such as right above or near to the oven or in cabinets that are hot from exposure to sunshine or heat from cooking equipment.
There are some tips to increase the shelf life of the coffee capsule you’re producing or using that are described in this article.
·Pay attention to grinding quality and timing
·Choose the capsule which has excellent barrier properties
·Choose a coffee capsule packing machine with good sealing quality
·Use nitrogen flushing during capsule produce
·Ensure a good storage environment
Nespresso capsules are becoming increasingly popular today because of their simplicity, ease of use, and time-saving benefits.
Whether you are new to Nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines or are considering adding Nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines to your product lineup, you may be interested in how these machines work.
Today, we'll take a step-by-step look at the process of turning an empty Nespresso capsule into a shelf-ready finished product...
Nespresso filling and sealing machines can be designed in either linear or rotary layouts. In today's article, we will take a closer look at the rotary layout. This design saves floor space in the factory, is fully integrated, and built with ergonomics and operation in mind, making it more popular than linear models
In short, the rotating Nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines grip or separate empty nespresso capsules, fill them with coffee, grip and place the pre-cut foil or cut the roll film, and then seal them at speeds of 50-400 capsules per minute. The process involves separating the capsules in a non-stop rotation to different capsule bins in a circular layout. Each bin is then filled and sealed by a different station. There are usually 6 to 10 stations, with 8 being the most popular configuration. nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines can also be designed with single, double, or four lanes. Here's how the nespresso packaging process works
Capsule storage in front of Packaging Machines. The capsules are placed vertically and automatically dropped by the separator to the machine.
When the sensor detects that the coffee in the silo needs to be replenished, the vacuum feeder will automatically run and connect it to the raw material container, and a constant flow of coffee will be replenished to the filling silo, which can hold up to 5 kg of coffee for space consideration, and keep the coffee liquid by constant stirring for the next filling.
The coffee spills easily in the capsule after filling, so pressing and cleaning up afterward is equally important. Before sealing after filling at the Nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines, this station is integrated into the filling port and does not take up separate space, but works pretty well.
If the capsules run out and are not filled, the machine stops filling and alerts the operator with an alarm, and by the same principle, the machine detects if the sealing film is placed or cut.
There are two sensors near the bottom and top of the conveyor shaft to detect the presence of capsules and sealing film. If they are not detected, the filling and sealing station will not start.
Options at the filling station include:
Sometimes customers need an aroma system to add flavor to the nespresso. This station put the liquid flavor into the nespresso after filling.
Can coffee stay fresh for a long time? Is the finished product beautiful and eye-catching? Is the quality of your product acceptable to your customers? To meet these requirements, a strong and attractive seal is essential.
Different materials, different sealing time, and pressure, that they need different sealing temperature, if it is plastic and aluminum foil, the sealing time within half a second, then we recommend that the temperature is set to 220-240 degrees Celsius.
Also, pay attention to the sealing film sealing layer and the cup material is compatible, not compatible material, it is impossible to seal.
Usually, heat sealing is sufficient for normal needs, but you can also use ultrasonic sealing.
These are the necessary functions and features of an excellent device, when allowing you to also choose other features include:
Producing a high-quality Nespresso compatible capsule is easy, all you need to do is find the right equipment, and prepare the coffee and the packaging materials.
But finding a good coffee capsule packaging machine is not easy, you need to understand and verify many factors, such as how filling efficiency, filling accuracy can be guaranteed, whether the seal is firm, whether the nitrogen content is high, whether the operating efficiency of the whole machine is good, whether the use and maintenance of the machine are complicated and difficult to understand, etc.
AFPAK has developed the most suitable nespresso production equipment based on more than 10 years of experience in nespresso capsule packaging machines equipment, based on continuous feedback from customers and continuous technical refinement and upgrading, and now thousands of coffee companies around the world are using our equipment to produce high specification nespresso coffee capsules, we have various sizes of equipment to meet the needs of different customers, the machine function is perfect, high production efficiency, good quality of the finished product, the equipment is easy to use and maintain, you can start producing your own coffee capsules without the help of our technicians!
AFPAK researches designs and manufactures Nespresso Capsule Packaging Machines. For over 12 years, AFPAK has expanded to over three factories that deal in coffee capsule filling packing machines, and empty capsules, among others.
All machines and equipment are CE and GMP compliant. The latest in its product line is the new era of AFPAK fully automatic coffee capsule packaging machines.
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Today our company sent out the customized HB210 coffee capsule filling and sealing packaging machine from our Chilean customer.
This is our first cooperation with this Chilean customer, from the preliminary confirmation of machine details, the actual production of the machine and the inspection, we have completed it meticulously and professionally, and gained the customer's approval. We believe that we will have more and deeper cooperation in the near future. AFPAK has always been working hard to provide professional one-stop service to our customers, and the HB210 machine is a good example of our efforts, as it can quickly change parts to produce different cups, and it can achieve 10 hours of non-stop production, which greatly improves the production efficiency of the customer's factory.
In the production process of the machine, we always uphold the concept of making customers use it for a longer time, in the design we refer to the world's leading technology combined with our own technical strength, in manufacturing we insist on using good and strong materials and electrical components of the world's leading brands, coupled with our engineers with more than 10 years of empowerment, making the machine become the top coffee capsule filling and sealing packaging equipment in China!
It is Monday and you feel not that energetic as you were traveling during the weekend or taking care of young kids or busy with housework that you want to stay longer on the bed to get better refreshed, even for 5 minutes more. But you have to get up when the alarm goes off again, as you have to catch the bus for work. You are still a bit tired and you would like to get a cup of coffee to gain energy. The instant coffee machine just bought a few days ago sort of bucks up your energy as you could get a cup of tasty coffee in no more than 5 minutes. Your energy is replenished after drinking instantly-made coffee.
This is the daily scene for most of us. As one of the world's top 3 most popular non-alcohol drinks(the other 2 are cocoa and tea), coffee has become part of our lives and helped us to get ourselves together and ready for full-day work, eliminating our fatigue. We all know it could replenish our energy and relieve tiredness. But we do not know in detail how coffee works. Here those details are revealed to deliver you a better understanding of the coffee and its relationship to your health.
Though there is a lot of negative news on drinking coffee, moderate coffee drinking that 2-4 cups of coffee are consumed a day could bring some benefits.
Coffee contains caffeine which is in general not harmful to our body ( but harmful to those who are allergic to caffeine who should keep away from coffee or only drink coffee without caffeine), provided if you are not drinking excessively. Coffee can help with keeping up our spirits. When we just arrive at the office or after a lunch break, a cup of coffee would be the best drink to enable us to stay in shape for our work through the day.
Based on some research, caffeine could benefit our bodies by:
Drinking coffee will help stimulate the central nervous system, refresh the brain and shorten our reaction time, which leads to the acceleration of the human body’s metabolism. Thus the fat or calorie are burnt in a faster way. That means drinking coffee could help us lose weight to a certain extent.
Improves athletic performance in aerobic and anaerobic conditions (However, it is not recommended to drink caffeine when someone prepares for the sports event. It is just unfair to all the competitors.)
It is proven that coffee consumption would help enhance our bowel movement by provoking or activating our digestive systems. Sometimes when we encounter constipation, a cup of espresso would help stimulate our bowel movement. However, please keep in mind, if you are regularly constipated, better consult your doctor for medical advice and do not just have the illusions of drinking coffee to solve those kinds of issues. Besides, you have to note that if drinking coffee results in often going to the bathroom and even diarrhea, you are likely allergic to coffee and should stop drinking it.
Coffee helps boost urination and cut down the risk for kidney stones.
Coffee is pretty good after the meal when you have consumed lots of greasy food, such as meat and seafood. Those things are hard to digest and could be a burden to our digestive systems. Coffee will improve the movement of our stomach and intestines and nourish our digestive systems to eliminate that greasy food in a more efficient way. But we can not always consider coffee as any type of medicine. As going beyond the limit is as bad as falling short, we should pay attention to the amount of coffee we drink every day and identify the most suitable amount for us.
The nutritive value of coffee stems from its main components which are fat (non-esterified fatty acid), protein, carbohydrate, inorganic salt gallotannic acid, magnesium, etc. Drinking coffee helps with oxidation resistance with antioxidants inside coffee beans and this effect would be stronger if the coffee beans are roasted, as antioxidants are increased after this process. Magnesium and antioxidants together would lower the blood sugar level and possibly reduce the risk of diabetes.
The original taste of coffee is bitter, with a peculiar smell, containing alkaloids such as caffeol and caffeine, which are used as medicines for anesthesia, diuresis, and cardiotonic drug. Coffee drinks are much healthier than energy drinks and one can drink coffee each day.
That nutrition from coffee is what our body lacks in and it could boost our metabolism and activate the digestive systems’ function, which could be greatly helpful to constipation. Even some research suggests that using ground coffee while showering is one kind of thermotherapy that might help lose weight.
Caffeine inside coffee could stimulate gallbladder contraction and reduce the cholesterol level which leads to gallstones. There is research displaying that 3 or 4 cups a day could help men lower the risk of getting gallstones. But everyone should notice that firstly coffee is not a medicine and one should never consider it as a cure for any kind of disease. Secondly, coffee is not for everyone and anyone who does not feel well after drinking coffee should get away from it. Thirdly, never drink coffee excessively that once a certain limit is reached, a change in the opposite direction is inevitable. For more details on the side effect of drinking coffee, the readers could find them in the following context.
Coffee lovers are all around the world. According to Science, there are 2.2 billion cups of coffee consumed on a daily basis. But still coffee is not for everyone. Coffee could bring about plenty of benefits as we have discussed above but at the same time, it might cause some negative effects on some people’s bodies. Here we would like to introduce some negative sides to drinking coffee.
The heart is the most important organ to our body it is the engine of our body. It provides blood circulation for the whole body. And the blood carried the nutrition from our digestive systems to all of our organs at the same time to carry off all the “rubbish” or toxic or “waste” generated by all of our organs, so to refresh our whole body. That means the great significance of the functions of our heart. Heart disease is a relatively common type of circulatory system disease. The circulatory system is composed of the heart, blood vessels, and neurohumoral tissues that regulate blood circulation. Circulatory system diseases are also called cardiovascular diseases, including all the diseases of the above-mentioned tissues and organs. They are common diseases in internal medicine, of which heart disease is the most common. Heart disease can significantly affect the patient's labor force. The heart is affected by external or internal factors that cause disease, such as coronary atherosclerotic heart disease, rheumatic heart disease, hypertensive heart disease, pulmonary heart disease, infectious heart disease, endocrine heart disease, hematological heart disease, nutritional metabolic heart disease, etc.
Some research, however, suggests that to some people, coffee consumption would lead to the risk of getting heart disease as the contents inside coffee would stimulate the heart. So people with heart problems should avoid drinking coffee. Or if they really love it, try to get advice from their doctors. When you feel uncomfortable after drinking some coffee, you should go to the hospital immediately and consult your doctor. Do not hide anything from your physician. It is always the greatest thing to ourselves that is to cure a disease before it is worse.
It is suggested by some research that drinking a lot of coffee would cause bone degeneration (osteoporosis). Osteoporosis means the bone density and bone quality are reduced, the bone micro-structure is destroyed, and the bone fragility is increased so that the systemic bone disease is prone to fractures. Symptoms of osteoporosis are ache, deformation of the spinal column, and bone fractures. People who have Osteoporosis may have lower back pain or body aches, pain that aggravates, or restricted movement. When the body load increases, there would be difficulties in turning over, sitting up, and walking in severe cases. People with severe osteoporosis may have shortened height and hunch back. Compression fractures of the vertebral body can cause thoracic deformities, compression of the abdomen, and affect cardiopulmonary function. Fractures that occur without trauma or minor trauma are fragility fractures. It is a low-energy or non-violent fractures, such as a fracture from a station height or less than a station height, or a fracture that occurs due to other daily activities. The common sites for fragility fractures are the thorax, lumbar spine, hip, radius, distal ulna, and proximal humerus.
And this could happen to some ladies after menopause. Bone density might not be maintained for a lot of ladies after menopause. Thus it is likely for them to get osteoporosis. And drinking coffee would result in calcium losses that lowering the bone density. If they drink a lot of coffee on daily basis, there would be more calcium losses so the high probability of getting the risk of osteoporosis. That means to maintain a healthy body and enjoy a better middle-age life, ladies after menopause are suggested to drink less coffee. Just take water as the replacement.
Stomach disease is a collective term for many stomach-related diseases. They have similar symptoms, such as upper abdominal gastric discomfort, pain, fullness after meals, belching, acid regurgitation, and even nausea and vomiting. Common clinical gastric diseases include acute gastritis, chronic gastritis, gastric ulcer, duodenal ulcer, gastroduodenal compound ulcer, gastric polyps, gastric calculi, benign and malignant tumors of the stomach, as well as gastric mucosal prolapse, acute stomach dilation, pyloric obstruction, etc. The most common are upper abdominal discomfort or pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. The symptoms of gastritis and duodenal ulcer are burning pain in the upper abdomen, especially between two meals, before breakfast, or after drinking orange juice or coffee. Severe cases may have tarry stools, black stools, or bloody stools.
Caffeine from coffee can cause increased stomach acid. For some people who have stomach problems themselves, drinking coffee can make them worse, especially those with gastric ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, and other diseases, which can make this disease more serious. Therefore, people with stomach problems should drink less coffee in order to maintain their health.
For young women, drinking coffee regularly could also be quite negative for the body that it could easily lead to a lower chance of pregnancy. For some women who want to have a baby, they should drink less coffee as much as possible, so as to keep the body healthy and so that they could successfully conceive and be a mother-to-be.
Many people are worried about caffeine. Caffeine can be mentioned as refreshing and refreshing, and it is precise because of this effect of caffeine that it may also affect our sleep. The metabolism of caffeine takes about 8-12 hours. If you drink coffee at dinner, half of the caffeine is metabolized in the body when you sleep, and the remaining half of the coffee will affect sleep. One wants to sleep, but he or she can't fall asleep. It feels uncomfortable at all.
Coffee is particularly effective for refreshing and anti-fatigue, but it also has certain disadvantages, so you should usually choose whether to drink coffee according to your own indications. In addition, you should pay attention to the following suggestion when drinking coffee.
To sum up, it is best not to drink under 12 years old.
To conclude, it is impossible to list all those types of people who should not drink or drink less coffee in this article. But here is one thing we all should know. If we have a certain disease or we have worries about coffee consumption, we need to consult our doctor on drinking coffee. If we consume coffee and find that there are some side effects shown by our body, we should know that the body is telling us not to drink coffee. We need to stop drinking it and go to see the doctor. All in all, when we have any kind of negative body condition, we need to pay close attention to and go to see the doctor. Health comes first.
AFPAK is glad to inform you that our customer from Hungary has received his newly purchased AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine, delivered by China-Europe freight train, which took about 1 month. The machine has started to function smoothly in his factory, boosting the factory’s productivity and helping customers gain their business. Here are photos presenting the arrival of the AFPAK machine in his factory.
AFPAK’s Hungary customer is an expert in the coffee market, with rich experience in coffee capsules production, marketing and selling. His business is all around the EU and America, with factories located in UK, Hungary, and USA. Years of business in coffee market has developed him a sharp sense of coffee demands, that he is able to quickly identify the new needs or future needs of various type of coffee products from local customers.
When he saw the chance to expand his business, to seize the opportunities, he started to look for new machines to meet his requirements. It was not an easy journey to get the coffee capsules filling and sealing machine that was good enough to what he had projected. It was about the machine’s quality and efficiency, initial budget, freight charge, after-sale service, etc. After 1-year long-time research that he had contacted EU local suppliers and suppliers in various Asian countries, he finally made the decision to purchase AFPAK’s H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine, taking machine quality, price, and service into consideration.
AFPAK has been working closely with this customer for over 2 months to customize his needs into the production of the machine by patiently identifying which machine would suit his needs most and what kind of adjustment could be made to maximize the productivity. With the engineer’s rich experience in manufacturing AFPAK coffee capsules filling and sealing machines and the ultimate service provided by the experienced sales team, the customer was convinced that AFPAK’s machine is the best choice and would greatly help with the expansion of his business. Under the circumstances of a coronavirus outbreak the customer would not be able to come to the factory for a test, AFPAK was there online for 24 hours and 7 days a week, ready to answer all those questions raised by this customer. AFPAK presented the videos of manufacturing and tests of the machines and how the coffee capsules are filled and sealed, confirming every detail with the customer time and time again until he was satisfied.
This process has led to a better understanding and trust of the customer in AFPAK’s coffee capsules machines. The customer has been persuaded that AFPAK is a reliable business partner and he is amazed by the craftsmanship spirit of AFPAK’s engineers who are not only working hard to complete the manufacturing and deliver the machine in time but also in pursuit of applying the latest technology to the machine to enhance the machine’s efficiency in production. AFPAK even works dedicatedly on the machine’s appearance, attractive to some extent and space-saving, that the operator could see how inside machine works through the glass door. In the end, even with the manufacturing of the first machine not completed, the customer has decided to purchase the 2nd AFPAK’s H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine, as he now deeply knows that AFPAK provides the machine that meets all his requirements, in terms of price, quality of the machine, outlook of the machine, AFPAK’s great service, and so much more.
AFPAK firmly believes that the new machine would help enhance the customer’s productivity and improve their efficiency in producing the premium-quality coffee capsules, thus attracting more customers and expanding his business to another level.
AFPAK not only aims to help
AFPAK stands out based on that most of its new customers become its regular customers (we all know that machines like coffee filling and sealing machines can last for ages or even for decades) who turn to us again when they are planning to build new factories to expand their business or turn to us to purchase coffee capsules to meet their ever-growing business demands. Even those customers who are not looking for AFPAK coffee filling sealing machines come back to us for other kinds of supply requirements out of their trust in our machines operating in their factories. AFPAK would always love to help any customers with any sort of demands, as AFPAK is firmly convinced that customers come first and service is AFPAK’s business. In AFPAK's point of view, the coffee filling sealing machine received by AFPAK’s customers is not the end of our relationship with customers, but the beginning-the beginning of keeping in touch with our customers to guide them on how to operate AFPAK’s machines and eliminating all their concerns and the beginning of providing further value-added services.
To help readers or coffee machine business owners better understand AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine, details on this machine are revealed below
AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine
|Filling head||1 head|
|Machine speed||1800-3000 cph|
|Note||This machine is customized based on the requirements of customers, so each machine's specifications will be different.|
For pre-cut lids
Cups are dropped to the pits of the conveyor for further filling and sealing process.
There is an Automatic detect sensor on the machine to identify if every single pit on the conveyor is loaded with empty coffee capsules. If there is no cup, there will be no filling process carried out.
Servo motor is equipped to help fill the coffee capsules through vibrating, with the weight of each about 5-7g, which is adjustable based on your needs. At the same time, the Nitrogen to keep the freshness of coffee is being flushed.
The capsules’ edges are cleaned and the coffee capsules are pressed tightly with Nitrogen being flushed here.
Pre-cut lids are then put on tightly with Nitrogen being flushed here. There is a sensor here to detect the pre-cut lids. If there is no pre-cut lid, the capsule will not be sealed.
The lids are sealed on the coffee capsules by high temperatures around 200-300 degrees.
The capsules are then output to the conveyor for other operations.
Finally, the well-filled and sealed capsules are produced and output.
For rolled film
Most of the procedures are the same as that of coffee capsules with pre-cut lids. But there is an added procedure of cutting the lids.
Cups are dropped to the pits of the conveyor for further filling and sealing process.
There is an Automatic detect sensor on the machine to identify if every single pit on the conveyor is loaded with empty coffee capsules. If there is no cup, there will be no filling process carried out.
Servo motor is equipped to help fill the coffee capsules through vibrating, with the weight of each about 5-7g, which is adjustable based on your needs. At the same time, the Nitrogen to keep the freshness of coffee is being flushed.
The capsules’ edges are cleaned and the coffee capsules are pressed tightly with Nitrogen being flushed here.
Rolled films are cut to form the lids for capsules.
Cut lids are then put on tightly with Nitrogen being flushed here.
The lids are sealed on the coffee capsules by the high temperatures around 200-300 degrees.
To ensure the lids are firmly put on the coffee capsules, there will be a second time of film sealing by the high temperature around 200-300 degrees.
The capsules are then output to the conveyor for other operations.
☆ Inline weight detector
☆ Auto Screw feeder
☆ Cutting and putting the filter on the capsule button.
☆ The machine of packing 1/10/20 pcs in one bag
☆ The machine of packing 4/10 pcs in one box
AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine is generally used to produce biodegradable, plastic, and aluminum Nespresso capsules and other types of capsule products such as K cups, Lavazza capsules, dolce gusto pods, etc. It is a continuously upgraded machine equipped with the latest technology. AFPAK’s over 10 years of coffee capsules machines and highly-skilled engineers have increased the performance of the machine greatly. With a small size 1800*700*2000mm, any small factories, startups, or companies who are just entering the coffee business market could store them in a narrow space (wheels could be equipped that it is very convenient to move the machine and adjust its location), while it meets customer’s requirements of coffee capsules productivity. It is one of the most suitable machines for business at the early stage.
With PLC, touch screen operations, and more automatic functions in the machine, customers of AFPAK could be able to learn with ease how to run and maintain the machine, which is time and labor-saving. Key functions such as automatic pods, sorting for biodegradable pods, automatic filling, automatic sealing, automatic cup-out function, material shortage alarm, and more greatly enhance the efficiency of the machine.AFPAK’s philosophy of manufacturing is to keep the machine’s operation simple.
AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine is stable that could be possible to run for years or decades, with high-quality material and PLC of the well-known brand such as Omron applied. The machine is well structured which is easy to assemble, though when customers receive the coffee, it is already in one piece. This enables customers to carry out maintenance to the machines themselves. Besides, AFPAK’s sales team works closely with customers after the sale. For any issue, the team is ready to help solve it 7 days a week.
Please kindly note that an air compressor would be required for AFPAK H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine. Also to supply nitrogen, you would need to rent a nitrogen tank from the local areas or use a nitrogen generator to provide the nitrogen to the machine. Here AFPAK could offer a complete system to customers according to their needs. If you have any concerns about those, you are always welcome to contact AFPAK for more details.
However, H1 Model Nespresso Filling Sealing Machine is just one of those many machines manufactured by AFPAK, which is suitable mainly for small businesses. AFPAK provides other types of coffee capsules filling sealing machines fit for any kind of coffee capsules business level. AFPAK firmly believe that our machines would be those of the best choices for all coffee type business.
Why AFPAK will be your best and ultimate choice of a business partner to manufacture the top-quality coffee capsule for your coffee business?
Over 10 years in manufacturing, AFPAK has been mainly focusing on the production of coffee capsule filling and sealing machines. AFPAK’s engineers are rich in experience of various types of machines. But AFPAK has mostly dedicated himself to the coffee capsule filling sealing machines out of our great interests in the coffee business (we are also capsules coffee lovers) and firm faith in focusing on one thing and perfecting it. The goal of AFPAK is to manufacture the topnotch machines with the greatest productivity meet our customers’ needs based on AFPAK’ main advantages such as rich experience, the superiority of price, machines of premium quality, fast delivery, excellent after-sales service, a great variety of coffee capsule filling sealing machines, etc.
AFPAK’s team has been working in the field of coffee capsules filling and sealing machines for over 10 years, manufacturing machines for over 200 companies from North America, South America, EU, Asia, etc, and has received respect and lots of positive feedback from our customers. AFPAK has gained a great deal of experience in identifying top-quality materials by working closely for years with our material supplies and designing the machines by persisting in that every part of the machines should not be useless but can contribute to improving efficiency in production. For instance, AFPAK’s one of the most popular products - RN1S is the combination of artistry and practicability which has an attractive appearance to some extent, is space-saving with its small size (1450*1400*2100mm) but is efficient in filling and sealing coffee capsules (50-70 capsules per minutes).
Prices of coffee capsules filling and sealing machines are not cheap, varying from 20,000 dollars to even over million dollars. However, AFPAK’s coffee capsules filling and sealing machines have great advantages in prices. Most of the suppliers in the EU or America offer good quality machines at very high prices, as the materials (mostly made in China) are in general not produced locally, indicating that the material delivery cost increases the prices of machines. Besides, the labor cost, rent fees, salaries, and all other types of costs of those suppliers are over 1.5 times that in China, which are all added to the prices of machines eventually. Some other suppliers in South Asia could offer cheaply priced coffee capsule filling and sealing machines. For those, firstly they have to import most basic materials from china with that cost added to the prices. Secondly, they are mostly new manufacturers with some of their owners from China, which means they are not comparable to AFPAK in terms of experience and product quality.
Most customers are satisfied with our machines and they are actually surprised by how the machine could run smoothly. Rarely have there been the feedback of issues for operating the machines over the years. Those customers, in general, become our regular customers who would come back to us to purchase more machines to expand their business and even those customers who do not need coffee capsule machines come back to us for consulting on other kinds of demand as they have built up trust on us. AFPAK’s coffee filling and sealing machines are superior in quality as we only use the top quality materials and some of the significant parts are from big brands such as temperature controllers from OMRON, touch screen, and PLC from Schneider, OMRON, Mitsubishi, or other famous brands.
Further, AFPAK has conducted a strict quality control process. Firstly, there will be quality control over materials that are carefully screened one by one. Secondly, finished machine control will be conducted over 3 times and videos of running the machine will be sent to customers for further suggestions. AFPAK will keep adjusting until the customer is satisfied and capsules are filled and sealing completely. Thirdly, before shipping, a final inspection will be carried out to ensure the machine is well assembled and loaded.
AFPAK will work closely with customers on the production scheduling and delivery time. Machines are mainly shipped by cargo ships or by China railway express to European countries. All machines are shipped directly from the factory. Before shipment, the machine is generally assembled to save customers time so that they can operate the machines right away.
AFPAK is online for 7 days a week, ready to answer all customers’ questions and help solve their concerns. AFPAK believes that selling the machine is not the complete part of the business but just the beginning, the beginning to provide service for customers to run and maintain the machines. AFPAK’s engineers are always ready for video calls for customers.
AFPAK provides a great variety of coffee capsule filling and sealing machines and is firmly convinced that the key to being successful in business is that the customers’ needs are well met. And to meet their demands of instant coffee consumption, the quality including the taste and the freshness of coffee from capsules is what all businesses should pursue. Besides, business owners should always keep abreast of the times as the preference for instant coffee of customers would change over time. Some companies follow the trend by paying a lot of attention to the changing tastes of customers or the rise of new generations that they are always keen on researching in the coffee market. Some top companies have keen eyesight that they are betting on something new they are creating would be highly possible to lead the trend. Once they are successful, they eventually become the leading enterprise in the world such as Nestle, ILLY, LAVAZZA, MAXWELL, KREISKAFFEE, etc.
All in all, the most significant things for any coffee capsule business owner to focus on are customers’ requirements. Once the requirements of customers are identified, the next key thing is to find what are needed to fulfill all those demands, which are good quality of coffee powder (generally, it is considered to use the coffee beans from those countries such as Brazil, Columbia, and Vietnam where the temperature and fertile soil are most suitable to grow coffee beans.), high-quality coffee capsules that AFPAK believes that the biodegradable coffee capsules would be the future trend as the whole world is paying more attention to and promoting the products of environmental protection, and premium quality machine that could well load the well-ground coffee powder into the capsules and seal it tightly. AFPAK firmly believe the machine we provide would suit your requirements.
You are welcome to visit AFPAK’s factory of intelligent manufacturing.