Line designed for high speed coffee capsule packaging

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: Modified atmosphere, Pfm packaging machinery

A customised packaging line is designed to produce coffee capsules,
a huge growth area in the market.

PFM Packaging Machinery said the line is made up of specialist equipment that can achieve production rates as high as 270 to 280 a minute for individual rigid capsules and 135 to 40 for doubles. The line is made up of an automatic carousel loader, a Falcon or Mistral horizontal packaging machine and a rotary printer. The new line works by taking capsules from the filling and assembly line and directing them on to a flex-link belt before being loaded onto an accumulation belt. The machine feeding carousel then picks up a capsule and positions it to the front of the automatic carousel loader. The capsule is then wrapped in a pillow pack with lengthways and crossways seals before the flow-wrapped packs are counted and conveyed towards manual or automatic cartoning lines. "With these speeds we are confident a single line will be able to wrap 100 per cent of the production of most modern rigid capsule assembly lines,'' PFM Packaging stated today. The system works with a modified atmosphere packaging techniques. A gas flushing variant is available. PFM claims the system provides a flexibility enhanced by its capacity to change from single capsule to double in a matter of minutes, thus keeping down time to a minimum. PFM stated that it sees the burgeoning coffee market as one of continuing growth which is likely to maintain the same fast pace, with on-going and increasing demand for equipment. The company's flow-wrap packaging line hermetically seals the capsules using polyester, aluminium or polyethylene bonded films up to a maximum thickness of 70 microns.

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