Must Read before buying a new K cup filling machines, here gives you the details:
What Are K cups?
The First K-cup was launched in 1998. it was designed for the office market.
Now it is the most popular single-serve cup product in North American.
About 80% of U.S. coffee companies have the K CUP category, and most coffee companies in Canada are also producing such products
K cup is composed of sealing film, coffee granules, filter paper, and outer cup
It can load 8-13 grams granules inside the cups
You can also fill cocoa powder, milk powder, tea granules, Health powder，etc inside the cups.
now in the U.S.A, 45 percent of Americans own a single-cup coffee maker. more than 10 billion k-cups sold every year. What a huge market!
Even in Vietnam, Malaysia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia, South Korea, China, and other countries and regions, there are some coffee companies offering personalized coffee K cups options for the North American market
Now, we all know coffee capsules including K cups Change Tastes and Changing your coffee drinking Habits.
What will happen in the future? The future lies in convenience and sustainable development! And k-cups and coffee capsules will help you to catch the train of the future
The K-cup is an airtight container that locks out oxygen, light, and moisture while locking in freshness and flavor.
What Are the K cup filling machines?
K cup filling machines is specially used for filling coffee/powders into k cups and sealing k cups
It can have more functions, such as missing cup detection, automatic feeding, automatic sealing film, automatic cup ejection, etc.
The machine is made of stainless steel, carbon steel, aluminum alloy, and other metal materials with electrical control parts and other materials.
The current mainstream K cup filling machines can reach 50-500 k cups per minute.
Its appearance has helped more factories to realize automated and unmanned production, effectively saving more labor and waste, and allowing all consumers to drink safe and healthy coffee every day
What are the standard K cup filling machines functions?
Efficient K cup filling machines basically have the following functions
#1 K Cups drop: There are two ways to send cups that we currently know:
1. the vertical drop method：This is to put the cup into the vertical cup storage tank, and then the machine uses the gap that appears after the cup is folded to separate the cup with a special tool. This method of dropping cups has restrictions on the height of the venue.
2. The horizontal feed method: This method is to make a horizontal cup storage tank, pneumatic fingers to grab each cup, and put it in the machine. This speed is not as fast as the vertical one, but you can lengthen it arbitrarily to place more cups, reducing the chance of placing cups.
#2 K cups detector sensor: This is to check if the k cups are well loaded inside the cups mold. and if it detects no K cups, then the filling and sealing will not work. If it detects three continuous empty holes, then it will stop the machine from running
#3 Filling Stations:
This station includes three parts:
1. Auto coffee feeding to the hopper: This one we have two selections: Auger feeding system and vacuum feeding system, normally we will equip the vacuum feeding system.
2. Servo motor and auger filling system: The good machines should use Servo motor to control the auger running, it will be accurate. all the parameters are changeable in the control touchscreen. and this is the key to guarantee a high accuracy filling
3. Static system: If you are producing dark roasted coffee, you need to add a static elimination system. Otherwise, during filling, coffee particles will stick to the filling container and spill on the machine, and the filling accuracy will be severely reduced
We will recommend customers to add this system
#4 Clean the K cups edge after filling: After filling, K cups need to go through a cleaning process to remove the powder overflowing from the edge to ensure the sealing effect of the subsequent process. A mature cleaning procedure is very important, it plays a crucial role in the effect of your final product
#5 Lids place system: After the cup completes the previous process, the sealing film can then be placed. At present, it is more popular to adopt the form of film, and the machine can complete the action of automatically taking and placing. Of course, you can also use the film roll method. In this case, the structure of the machine is slightly complicated and the function of the cutter needs to be increased. Also, it’s not so easy to replace
#6 Lids detection: The same as the cup detection function, after the film is placed, a film detection function is required. If there is no film, the machine will not seal, and the cup without the film will be rejected when the cup is discharged. If this function is not available, the heat sealing head at the back may stick to the cup and affect the operation of the machine
#7 Sealing: At present, the principle of high-temperature heat sealing is mainly used to fuse the cup and the sealing layer of the film at a high temperature of 180-240 degrees to complete the sealing action. In this step, the cup will be raised to touch the sealing head, and at the same time, it will put a certain pressure on the cup to make the sealing tighter. You may need to replace the heating tube and thermocouple later.
#8 Output: After the cup is filled and sealed, the cup will be pushed out of the machine. To complete this operation, we have three options:
1. Suction cup out: This is the most commonly used, suitable for aluminum and plastic film materials. Use suction to grab the cup.
2. The mechanical finger grips the cup: This is suitable for cups that are not easily deformed, such as plastic cups.
3. Air blowing: This is a trachea under the cup. When the cup passes through the trachea, the compressed air from the trachea can blow out the cup quickly. This is not commonly used at present
#9 Nitrogen flushing system: This is the most important function of coffee preservation. During the filling and sealing process of K cups coffee, you can always fill with nitrogen to remove oxygen in the container, so as to ensure that the coffee is always in the freshest state.
AFPAK machines are equipped with 7-9 nitrogen filling systems, and nitrogen is also injected into the hopper so that your coffee will last longer
After these nine procedures, you can get a standard K CUPS
Of course, you can purchase more functions, such as online weighing, conveyor belt out of the cup, counting flip, etc.
I need to produce k-cup, and want to buy a k cup filling machines what should I pay attention to?
Based on our ten years of experience, general customers will have the following questions
Where are k cup filling machines made now?
Now, The main manufacturers are located in Europe, American, and China. EU and USA’s equipment is of high quality and price. and Chinese equipment is cheap and also reliable.
Chinese K cup filling machines are reliable?
Many people think that Chinese equipment is cheap. The equipment they bought before had a lot of problems, and even they couldn’t be used, so some people think that although Chinese equipment is cheap, it lacks quality
After years of upgrading, Chinese manufacturers have also realized the importance of quality, so they are now focusing on customer experience and improving the quality of their machines. There are many customer factories that purchase all equipment from China.
Just follow our strategy to purchase equipment, you can get the equipment you are satisfied with
What elements do I need to focus on for the K cup filling machines?
Design and workmanship of the machine: There are a lot of equipment manufacturers in China, which often cause headaches for customers. Compare several devices and you will know which one is of high quality
Filling Accuracy: This is very important. Powder filling is relatively complicated. Whether high-precision and stable filling can be ensured is a very important factor for the production capacity of this equipment.
Sealing is strong and beautiful: This is an essential factor for your customers to choose your products.
Oxygen Residual: Very important factor to protect your coffee freshness. Normally need to make the oxygen residual to 1% around, many factories cannot make it.
What do you recommend to fill and seal my own k cups?
We have a full range of speed and price lists for your choice.
Highly Recommend: AF-RN1S Rotary K cup filling machines
This machine can produce 50 c.p.min
It can change molds to produce different capsules
(dolce gusto capsules cannot)
Entry-level choose: AF-H1 Linear type K cup filling machines
Designed for startup coffee companies
produce 30-50 c.p.min
Although it is an entry-level version, it has all the functions needed to produce K cups and is the favorite machine of many start-up companies.
Big Production choose: AF-H2/4/6/8/10 Linear type K cup filling machines
The produce is 35-50 circles per minute for each lane.
Lab table type: AF-BZD95 semi-auto sealing machine
It can seal the capsules, you can use it to test your materials.
Well, if you have more questions about k cups and k cup filling machines
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About the author：
Jeffree: University degree in 2011, major in international economics and trade. Almost 10 years of working experience in the packaging machinery industry. Provide services to more than 500 customers mainly from European and American countries. One of the earliest people in China who researched and applied coffee capsule filling and sealing technology