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ACMAVOLPAK: QI is the new machine with which the company enters the coffee capsule industry

The member company of the Coesia group is getting ready to hit the coffee industry with a pod and capsule filling solution. The new “made in Bologna” technology has a variety of applications in the food processing industry. A preview of the machine will be given during the Host trade show, to take place in Milan from 18th to 22nd October 2013.

ACMA is a universally renowned leader in developing cutting-edge technological solutions for the wrapping industry, for which it designs, builds and sells innovative and highly performing machines.

The company has recently reorganised itself within the Coesia group and has chosen to tackle the Fast Moving Consumer Goods market by arranging its competence per technological platforms, capable of offering the market a wide range of solutions in the primary packaging sector. Proof of its commitment toward this substantial target is also the recent acquisition of Tecnomeccanica, a key player in the tea packaging sector.

To meet the productive and marketing needs of major coffee roasting enterprises, ACMA recently invested important resources to offer a range of applications that satisfy the new requirements of coffee producers and that cover all the primary and secondary packaging phases for capsules, in the most popular shapes and sizes requested by the market.

These capsules – in sizes from 5 to 14 grams – are designed to be completely recycled in view of the ease with which their components can be separated. The capsule also guarantees an excellent price/quality ratio thanks to the extrusion and modelling technologies with which it is created.

The machine developed by the R&D department of ACMAVOLPAK is called “QI”; its layout is compact and it can therefore be installed in small production areas.

QI – sold under ACMA’s brand – is designed to fill rigid and semi-rigid capsules. It guarantees a high production rate (the line’s speed may be 140, 350 or 500 pieces per minute). ACMA’s capsule processing machine, thanks to the design of the batchers on independent stations, guarantees maximum precision in controlling the weight in the filling phase (the precision tolerance is less than 0.1 gr. per capsule). It is also pre-arranged for vacuum directly inside (in the configurations from 350 and 500 ppm), required to extend the product’s shelf life.  Ergonomic access to the packaging stations – for maintenance or cleaning operations – is made easier by the fact that whole machine units can be pulled out comfortably to work on them. During the design phases, special attention was paid to reducing the consumption of capsule assembly materials; for example, initial tests on the material used to seal the upper part of the capsule (or insert the filter paper inside it) indicate a reduction in waste paper and savings of 48% (depending on the diameters) as opposed to the conventional machines.

The central core of the system is its transfer unit, which develops horizontally; by exploiting the full perimeter of the machine, the overall spaces are minimised and the production flow can be set clockwise or anti-clockwise according to the layout requirements of the production area. This also means that it is possible to employ just a few operators on several machines who can supervise one or more lines. The extensive experience of ACMAVOLPAK in the primary and secondary packaging sector has enabled the company to offer its partners innovative solutions to package single or multiple capsules: in the first case, packages that cut right back on wrapping material compared with conventional solutions have been created; flexible packaging on the other hand (bags)  guarantees new consumption management and communication possibilities.

One of the most important coffee roasting enterprises that have placed their trust in the company from Bologna and that will exploit the new range of QI machines, is the famous Illy; an Italian giant of the coffee industry.

ACMAVOLPAK will be at HOST in Hall 9, stand T12 U11