Filter and Packaging

Most smokers prefer filters

Packaging

By this stage in the manufacturing process untipped cigarettes have been produced. However, most smokers prefer filter cigarettes.

Naturally enough, a cleverly designed machine is on hand for this process, as well. The cigarette rod is cut into double-length cigarettes, and these are then cut in half, and a double-length filter is inserted in the middle. This is then wrapped in the mouthpiece paper and cut in half. One of the two cigarettes thus made is then rotated by 180° to be ready for packing.

How is the quality control exercised during all these processes?

Packaging

Fully automatic sensors ensure that every single cigarette is checked in spite of high speed of machines with the output of approximately 8000 cigarettes per minute or 10 million cigarettes per day. On top of this, random samples are taken at short intervals all down the production line.

Samples are checked for the correct weight, firm sealing, correct moisture content and for correct permeability of the filter that ensures the even burning of the cigarette and the right taste.

The packaging of cigarettes is also a fully automatic process. Grippers roll the wrapping paper around the correct number of cigarettes, and belts envelope the blanks around them. The packs, whose form, colour and design are an outward indication of the brand, are then folded into shape. Then the tax stamp is glued on, guaranteeing that excise duty and tax have been levied. Finally the pack is wrapped in protective film to ensure that the cigarettes will remain fresh. The entire production chain and all the materials used in it are subject to carefully coordinated quality standards, and constant checks ensure strict compliance with these standards. These guarantee that legal requirements are met and, more importantly, the high quality of products that the smoker has every right to expect.

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