Interested in a Quality comparison of Cigarette Maker Machines

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I would be keen to read expert, non-biased reviews comparing quality parameters of Cigarette Maker Machines, namely the Hauni Protos 1-8 versus the G.D SpA 121AF12.  I am actively reviewing machines for a new production site and any information will be highly appreciated.

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Hi, I am a technician with 20 years experience working in India.  Here is my view:

Sr. # QUALITY PARAMETER (KSF Cigt. At target density of 0.240 gm/cc) Cigarette Maker: Protos 1-8 Cigarette Maker: GD121AF12 Comments
1 Tobacco OV % in the hopper during trials 11.88 13.9 Moisture loss in transit in case of Protos1-8
2 Tobacco degradation % (L + M)
– Ex Hopper 45 57
Fluidised bed hopper of Protos 1-8 handles tobacco gently. However, tobacco degradation % of both HSMs is comparable
– Ex Garniture 37 47
– Tobacco degradation 8 10
3 Cigt. Dia. / Circumference (in mm) 7.84/24.63 7.82/24.55
GD121 has a better SD of the circumference
– Circumference SD 0.02 0.014
4 Ovality % 0.35 0.35 Ovality of both is comparable
5 Avg. cigarette Weight (in mg) 932 898 As per cigarette specifications
6 Individual Cigt. Weight SD
– Long term SD 6 5
GD121 has a better SD which is a mark of consistency. This consistency in SD is observed during all density trials
– Short term SD 15 15
– Total SD 16.15 15.8
7 Firmness index (in mm) 2.4 2.5 HSM gives better & consistent firmness
8 End loss in % 1.5 1.4 Ends quality is better with improved DED
9 Tobacco falls out in mg/cigarette 10 9 End fallout is as per International standard
10 Rod finish V. Good V. Good As per International standard

MY CONCLUSION: Overall, inclusive of all parameters, the GD 121 Cigarette Maker machine is superior to the Hauni Protos 1-8.

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