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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Tea Bag Filler for Your Tea Bag Maker

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If you are looking for a tea bag filler for your tea bag maker, there are a few things you need to consider. The most important thing is to choose a tea bag filler that is the right size for your tea packaging machine. You also need to decide what type of filler you want. There are several different types of fillers available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages.

In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of fillers and recommend some of our favorite fillers for specific applications. So whether you’re just starting out in the world of tea bagging or you’re looking for an upgrade, keep reading for informative tips on choosing and using a tea bag filler.

What is a tea bag filler?

A tea bag filler is a feeding device that is used to fill tea bags with tea leaves. It is an important component that is designed to be used in tea bag packing machines. without it, tea bags would not be able to be properly filled and would not be as effective at delivering a good cup of tea.

In most cases, the tea bag filler consists of a hopper, a measurement device, a filling nozzle, and a vibrating plate. The tea leaves are placed in the hopper and then weighed by the measurement device. Once the desired amount of tea leaves has been measured, the filling nozzle dispenses the leaves into the tea bag. The vibrating plate then helps to pack the leaves tightly into the tea bag. The whole process is completed automatically.

Benefits of tea bag filler

Tea bag fillers have many benefits that tea manufacturers should consider when selecting a tea packing machine.

  • Tea bag fillers help to ensure that tea bags are filled consistently, which is essential for a quality product. It helps to address this issue by ensuring that each tea bag receives the same amount of tea leaves.
  • Tea bag fillers can help to reduce waste and increase efficiency. When tea leaves are packed by hand, there is often a lot of waste as leaves are unevenly distributed.
  • The tea bag filler can be altered to meet different capacity demands, which is really useful and convenient.
  • Tea bag filler can fill tea bags quickly and evenly, without crushing the tea leaves.

As a result, tea bag makers that employ tea bag fillers may help to improve the quality of the finished product while also lowering costs and waste.

Various tea bag filler type

Tea bag fillers play an important role in the tea packing process. Knowing the different types of tea bag fillers can help you choose the right tea bag filling machine for your needs. But have you ever stopped to think about what’s actually in your tea bag?

The answer may surprise you. tea bags are typically filled with one of three different types of materials: loose leaf tea, fragment Tea/broken tea, and Tea dust.

  • Loose leaf tea primarily consists of whole, unbroken leaves. Whole-leaf tea refers to tea that is mostly made of whole and unbroken leaves. Tea leaves can be observed in their whole form when brewed. 
  • Fragment tea leaves consist of a mixture of broken and whole tea leaves. They are high-quality fillers and provide a great flavor that compares to whole leaf tea.
  • Tea dust or fannings is small particles of tea leaves as a by-product of tea production. They are typically used in lower-quality teas.

How to fill tea bags

To weigh and fill tea leaves for different types of tea products, the tea bag filler must be used along with the corresponding measuring device.

Volumetric cup filler

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A volumetric cup filler is a great option for packaging tea bags because it can accurately fill each cup with the perfect amount of tea. This eliminates the need to pack the tea by hand, which can be time-consuming and inaccurate.

A volumetric cup filler ensures that each cup of tea is the same size and weight. This is important for a uniform product like tea dust, fannings, tea powder, and other small particles.

Liner weigher

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The linear weight can determine the target weight for each lot of tea products and then feed it into the receiving hopper. This tea bag filler provides a rapid, accurate, and consistent dosing solution for various powders and other small similar particles.

The linear weigher is also capable of handling fragile products such as leaf tea without damaging the leaves. The leaves are fed into the receiving hopper in an upright position so that they are not crushed during weighing.

Spiral Feeding weigher

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The spiral feeding weigher is a type of scale that uses a spiral to weigh objects. It is often used in the food industry to accurately weigh small objects such as tea leaves, herbal, and coffee beans.

The working principle of the Spiral Feeding weigher is similar to that of a conveyor belt. The spiral tea bag filler has a conveyor belt that moves in a spiral motion. The objects to be weighed are placed on the conveyor belt and are moved through the scale.

The turntable transmission eliminates mutual extrusion and accumulation of tea, which lowers the amount lost due to shattered tea. It’s perfect for packing delicate or loose tea.

Multi-heads weigher

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The multi-head weigher is a brand-new high-speed, high-accuracy dosage mechanical equipment. The number of weighers ranges from 8 to 14 heads. It is ideal for weighing small and large items with extreme accuracy and speed. It may be used to weigh and fill granular, slice, or irregular-shaped items including dried fruits, loose leaf tea, and coffee.

Flow these tips when selecting the tea bag filler.

Tea dosing or delivery systems are associated with precision weighing, automation, and convenience. Better understanding the characteristics of tea products and your demands is necessary.

1. Know Your tea Product Characteristics

The integrity of the tea leaf is one key factor in choosing your filling method.

When the tea products are being measured, the tea leaf will rub and squeeze each other. It would result in the tea being broken into pieces.

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If your product is tea powder or small tea particles, there is no need to consider this problem. But for whole-leaf tea, the integrity of its appearance is an important indicator of its grade. Excessive external pressure would cause damage to the tea leaf. That will lead to a bad effect for its favor and brewing experience, especially for its price. For instance, the price of The Orange Pekoe (OP) grades black tea is obviously higher than Broken Leaf Grades black tea(click here).

Fluidity and density distribution of the raw tea materials.

A product such as dust tea is composed of many small similar particles. It has uniform density distribution and can flow freely. Both volumetric or weighing-style dosing systems can be very competent. But, products like whole-leaf tea are not. Usually, they are in a relatively loose state and are easy to accumulate when transferred. You’d better measure and fill the loose tea leaves by the weighing method.

2. Unit packing accuracy

Accuracy is an important index for the tea dosing system. It refers to the smallest unit of weight that it can measure. Usually, the accuracy has something to do with the allowable error range of your product. For example, if the target package is 50 grams, and it allows an error of +-1 grams. So the dosing system accuracy should be up to 1 gram. 

The dosing device will measure and fill the tea product according to the target weight. In this way, the unnecessary waste of tea raw materials can be avoided. Also, the defective products caused by insufficient packaging weight can be reduced. Especially for high-grade tea.

3. Packaging speed

In the process of tea packaging, there are many factors that affect the packaging speed. Among them, the ones related to metering devices are as follows

  • The packaging accuracy is inversely proportional to the packaging speed. Usually, the higher the precision need is, the longer dosing time it will take.
  • It takes a long time to pack more tea. That is to say, it would spend longer to complete a 1kg-packed tea leave than pack 5 grams of tea.
  • Whether it is formula tea. For example, for a single type of tea, the packaging speed can reach 50-60 packets per minute, but for formula, the speed will slow down.

There is a reasonable range for tea packaging speed. A tea dosing system can improve packaging efficiency and obtain greater production capacity.

4. Cost and effective

For startups, the budget is not very sufficient. So cost-effectiveness is a factor they often consider. Even though these tea dosing devices do not perform well in terms of accuracy and speed, they tend to be simple in structure and easy to maintain, importantly, relatively low in cost.

Some end users hope their packaging machines could pack a variety of products. A compatible tea dosing device plays an important role. For instance, the Model: XH-68 tea bag packaging machine can complete a double chamber tea bag for tea particles. After some necessary adjustments for the measuring cup capacity and the bag length. It can also finish the drip coffee bags.

Contact our tea pack machine expert to get the right tea bag filler

If you are interested in learning more about the tea bag fillers mentioned in this article, please contact our team. We would be happy to provide more information and help you choose the right tea bag filler for your business.

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