Powders, especially fine ones, are amongst the trickiest materials to package safely and efficiently. Whether it be spice, milk or protein powder, drink mixes or pharmaceutical/nutraceutical powder, every powder comes with its own challenges such as flowability, dust control, cross-contamination, weighing, de-aeration and more.
vvvpowetherefore, play a crucial role. After all, primary packaging is the last step in the manufacturing process. The product that has been produced is filled in packaging that will ensure its protection and safe handling till it reaches the consumer. Problems at the packaging stage mean the entire process suffers in quality or throughput.
Some of the problems faced in dry powder filling machines:
Powder flow properties: Product flowability is of utmost importance. Powder fillers are sensitive to powders that are cohesive. This is especially true for small packaging formats and in cup dosing systems that rely on gravity to fill and empty cups.
The flow in the hopper above the filling head must be good, otherwise, the powder will reach the filling head on an irregular pattern causing deviation in the actual weight packed.
Weight control: The filling process is usually volumetric. This often causes variability in the actual weight filled. The volume of product being moved by the dosing system to a pack must be very well controlled so it results in a constant, consistent weight which is what consumers are paying for.
Leakage of pack: Sealing of the pack must be done without powder sticking in between the 2 sides of the packaging material. This usually happens if the product, while falling into the pack generates dust, and the dust does not settle before the sealing jaws close.
Sanitation: This includes containment, prevention of contamination and cleaning. For both food producers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, product quality is paramount. So, they require packaging equipment that eliminates contamination, while providing containment of dust and spillage, as well as easy cleaning.
POWDER PACKAGING SOLUTIONS FROM NICHROME
Nichrome is a reputed automatic filling machine manufacturer and experienced provider of integrated packaging solutions with over four decades of industry experience. Powder packaging is one of Nichrome's strong suits. Technology developed for its flagship and fastest powder packaging machine, Maxima 400 is recognised among packaging solution providers.
Nichrome’s strength lies in its in-depth knowledge of different applications. Whether it be spice packaging machines, coffee packaging machines, tea packaging machines, pharmaceutical packaging machines or other powder filling machines, Nichrome studies the specific application and customises solutions for top performance and utmost reliability.
NICHROME’S AUTOMATIC POWDER PACKING MACHINES
Nichrome offers a wide range of VFFS and HFFS powder filling and sealing machines. The impressive list includes:
Maxima 400: With a compact design, Maxima 400 packs 400 pouches/minute in a single or perforated chain of pouches. A PLC-based control system and optional interface with PC & data processors make the Maxima 400 easy to control. No wonder it is a favourite with manufacturers of food powders such as blended spices, ground spices, premix powders, dairy whiteners, soup mixes, etc. The dry powder filling machine is also available in a smaller version – Maxima 200, which packs 200 pouches/min.
Excel 400 Plus Servo Auger: This versatile machine has a CE marked PLC Controller and touch screen HMI besides features such as print mark scanners, static charge eliminator, servo motor driven bag length control system, and adjustable stroke of cross sealing jaws for optimum performance. This spice packaging machine offers many pouch formats and has an optimum bagger speed of 80 pouches per minute.
Sprint 250 Plus Servo Auger: For pouch quantities up to 2 Kgs, Nichrome’s Sprint 250 Plus packs up to 120 pouches per minute with accuracy and efficiency. An automated coffee packing packaging machine with CE marked PLC and touch screen HMI, it has a servo motor driven sealing system that can effectively seal with pressure levels maintained. It is programmed to pull the exact length of film required for packaging and offers a perforation system to deliver a chain of small pouches.
T Series: This is Nichrome's range of HFFS packaging machines with exclusive linear technology from Spain. T110, T140 and T170 offer a range of pouch formats with superior pouch aesthetics for packaging ORS, pharmaceutical powders, milk powders, coffee, health drinks, instant mixes, premixes and other powders. Duplex modules are available for higher outputs.
Multilane Stickpack with Multi-Head Servo Auger: For convenience and to avoid wastage, the travel and hospitality industry is turning to single-serve pouches of products such as sugar, milk powder, coffee powder, tea/coffee premixes. This multilane powder packaging machine packs such free-flowing powders in single-serve stick packs.
When it comes to powder filling and sealing machines, it's important to find a solution provider who understands the specific needs and challenges of your application and can tailor the solution to match. Nichrome offers a comprehensive range of automatic powder packaging machines in both VFFS and HFFS formats. These machines are hardworking, high-speed performers, providing accuracy, versatility and easy-to-clean convenience. Whether you want a salt packaging machine, spice powder packaging machine, coffee packaging machine, milk powder packaging machine or even agrochemical powder packaging machine - consider Nichrome. Nichrome promises the latest, most cost-efficient technology, along with full installation, commissioning and after-sales support.
Having first started in Pune in 1948, Nichrome established itself in the world of packaging in 1977. Today the company incorporates 37 years of experience in providing innovative packaging solutions throughout a wide array of industries and applications. Nichrome provides packaging solutions for specific product lines with its high quality and flexible machine lines ranging from its food packaging machine lines to its liquid packaging machine product lines.
Nichrome has developed a versatile range of machines that can meet the packaging specificities of a varied range of products. Nichrome emphasizes on giving complete support to our customers, from consultation and development of the machine as per client requirements, to production of the packaging machine and providing extensive after sales service. Nichrome is dedicated to providing the highest production rates, maximum accuracy and consistent pouch quality as per each individual client’s requirements.