IMA presents the new CA3 for the packaging of coffee
in both soft and hard pods
The new IMA CA3 is a monobloc machine capable of packing, in a modified and conditioned atmosphere, both soft and hard pods containing coffee, heatsealing them in a protective outer envelope and finally packing them into cartons at a production speed of 250 pods per minute.
IMA has designed and manufactured the new CA3 according to the highest efficiency criteria and, in particular, to an extreme flexibility while guaranteeing the best product quality on the market.
The new CA3, in fact, allows the production of soft pods for the typical “American” coffee and hard pods for the traditional Espresso.
Thanks to an advanced system for coffee dosing and compression, a homogeneous coffee distribution inside the pod and a great precision of its profile are guaranteed.
The whole pod production cycle until its packaging into the heatsealed outer envelope is carried out in a modified and conditioned atmosphere due to a constantly controlled introduction of nitrogen into a protective hood, where humidity and temperature are kept unvaried to guarantee the best product quality. Furthermore, the product quality is guaranteed thanks to a heatsealed outer envelope that represents the greatest protection against product oxidization. The integrated group allows the wrapping of a single pod into a three or four sided heatsealed envelope.
The machine production cycle is then completed by an integrated, fully automatic, accessible and adjustable cartoning unit. The carton and count size change over can be performed easily and quickly, especially thanks to the electronic count.
The modular system on which the new CA3 design is based, is most evident in the easy connection with end of line packaging machines as alternative to the cartoning attachment. For example, the CA3 can be easily connected to a machine for the packaging of pods (with or without outer envelope) in “stand-up bags” or, random, but counted, into a carton or bag.
The whole production cycle is controlled and handled by an integrated PC that guarantees the correct machine operation and above all the final product quality.