The AFPAK Company of China specialises in designing developing coffee packaging and machines – a further new member of IMD online this week. The business has an innovative, experienced, research and development team, which has produced technology and expertise to ensure that the current range of AFPAK machines are of effective operation and design and also durable and up to date in all respects in terms of performance, usage and client customer requirement.
Attentive after sales service, backed by the quality, durability and technological innovation delivered through its products, has enabled AFPAK to develop a high reputation for its customer satisfaction coupled with the originality and cost effectiveness of its products. Below the experts at AFPAK highlight key features of their hugely successful K-cup filling machine…
The K-Cup filling machine is a machine used in packaging food, beverage, and any other product. The products are to be filled into a K-cup, thus the name K-cup filling machine. A K-cup, on the other hand, is a single serve coffee pod, the latest version of its kind. A K-cup filling machine has six stations in order to fill a K-cup. These stations have their own functions:
Cup-Placement Station – At the cup-placement station, the K-cups are placed in their designated stack. Once the K-cup filling machine is turned on, the K-cups will be placed on the cup ring which is located on the rotary type table.
Filling Station – At the filling station, the K-cup will be filled with the material which is correctly measured for the required quantity in each cup. This is possible with the help of a spool valve. The materials are stored in a hopper which is placed at the top of the spool valve. Furthermore, the position of a cup is detected by sensors. If the cup is not detected, then no material will be placed as well. The filling process is automatic and the accuracy is around 0.5 – 1%. Usually, a K-cup filling machine can contain up to 30 litres of materials.
Lid Placement Station – Once the K-cups are filled, they will be then transferred into the rotary turret going to the lid placement station. The lids are taken by vacuum cup from the magazine. After which, the lid will be gently placed in the cup. Optionally, the lid can also be placed and snapped in the ready cup.
Sealing Station – After placing the lid of the K-cup, it will be then sealed using heat sealing or hot punch. This process is very quick and simple.
Data Printing Station – Right after sealing the lid of the K-cup, it will then be printed with on either at the top of the lid or at the bottom part of the cup. Usually, printing is done using heat. The details that are usually printed in a K-cup includes the manufacturing date, batch number, and expiry date.
Discharge Station – The sixth and the last station in the process of filling and sealing a K-cup is the discharge station. In this station, the sealed and printed K-cups will be discharged into a conveyor belt which usually measures 1 metre long for collection. Finally, the filled K-cups will be packed into cartons, ready to be delivered.