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We offer you a wide selection of physical measuring instruments for all your product-related areas, from research and development through incoming goods inspection and production control to the quality assurance laboratory.

Keeping an eye on quality

Our portfolio includes physical measuring instruments for all parameters used in the international tobacco industry. Both the finished consumer products and their individual components are checked by our measuring instruments with the utmost precision in accordance with internationally applied standards.

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Our portfolio of physical measuring instruments

We offer our customers a variety of different physical measuring instruments for all the products manufactured by the tobacco and hemp industry. Please use the filters below to select the right data for your application and find the right measuring instrument for your production or laboratory.

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A member of the desktop instrument family t measure physical parameters on cigarettes, cigars and filter rods is the A11-2 pressure drop tester.

The A11-2 is specially designed to measure draw resistance (pressure drop “PD”) in accordance with provisions of ISO 6565.

The A11-2 offers a highly flexible PD measurement platform. With its interchangeable measurement header the A11-2 can quickly change from measuring fully encapsulated filters rod PD and filter tip PD to cigarette.
At the heart of the A11-2 instrument is a measurement module and a touch screen monitor user interface module that remains constant, irrelevant of the measurement head that is installed or the type of product being measured.
The interface is a fully featured graphical user interface with network and printer connection configurations, local and central database storage, user access controls.
The special version, the A11-2Z, is also available for cigars.


The A11-2Z is a special version of the pressure drop tester A11-2.

The table desktop instrument is specially designed to measure draw resistance (pressure drop “PD”) of cigars in accordance with provisions of ISO 6565.

The A 11 Z-2 covers the PD measurements of cigars with a wide range of diameters from 7 up to 23 mm. The sample insertion depth varies from 9 mm to 35 mm for the standard cigar holders of 40mm length. Holders up to a length of 200mm are available to allow further insertion depths.

At the heart of the A11-2Z instrument is a measurement module and a touch screen monitor user interface module that remains constant, irrelevant of the measurement head that is installed or the type of product being measured.

The interface is a fully featured graphical user interface with network and printer connection configurations, local and central database storage, user access controls.


Borgwaldt KC's A20 is a tabletop unit for the measurement of air permeability of standard cigarette paper, banded paper, tipping paper and plug-wrap paper.

The instrument is in compliance to ISO 2965 and can be used as a test equipment according to ISO 9000ff. Ideal for production monitoring and incoming material inspection.

The measuring range from 2 - 50.000 ml/min completely covers the range of commonly used papers. As a special feature the A20 is equipped with interchangeable LFE units. Consequently, the instrument can be ordered with LFEs covering the desired measuring range.

Beside the standard Measuring head 10 x 20 mm other measuring heads are available as an option.

Another option is the automatic paper tractor.


The Burghart Crease Tester CTB-02 was developed for fast, precise testing of restoring forces of the tongues in packaging cut outs.

The strength, production direction and moisture of the paper influence the restoring forces of the groove slit at the individual tongues of the packaging cut out.

Given the increasing production speed of todays packaging machines - and the resulting shorter curing time for glued surfaces of the packaging - this test can permit time lead prevention of production stoppages and loss in quality by the packaging springing open. 

The CTB-02 is designed for all commercially available packaging blanks of boxes for 10 to 25 cigarettes. The corresponding dimensions of a blank can be adjusted quickly by using prepared setting plates. Special formats, such as round corner packs, pillow packs or beveled edge packs can be measured as well.

 


The semi automatic laser length measuring system LML-01 has been designed for the very accurate determination of the

  • total length of a cigarette or a filter rod (up to 20 each)
  • length of the tipping paper
  • position of the perforation holes
  • position of the brand name respectively the logo

The system allows for single measurements as well as for a series of measurements. The cigarettes are positioned on a special tray and scanned with a laser, which is mounted on an electronic vernier calliper. The vernier calliper is moved manually over the first cigarette and upon pressing the "DATA" key on the mini-processor the measured length is being printed or computed. The procedure is repeated for the remaining cigarettes.


Filling capacity is measured by placing 40 - 100 g of cut rag in the tobacco container (cylinder) and weighting it with 11.4 kg for 5 seconds. The height of the tobacco column then indicates the filling capacity (specific volume).

In addition to the filling capacity, the resilience of the tobacco can be examined. This is done by weighting the sample in the tobacco container twice and then measuring the height of the tobacco column at regular intervals.


The D61A2 is the next generation of measuring device for automatic determination of filling power and density of cut or expanded tobacco as well as of hardness of cigarettes and filter rods.

The instrument is also available in a version to cover the Chinese standard requirements for density and filling capacity measurements of cut and expanded tobacco.

The D61A2 offers new opportunities like the direct connection no your LIMS system and with the corresponding environment like a balance or a printer. To enhance data security and tractability a bar-code is available and the D61A2 can be equipped with biometric user identification scanner.

The measuring heads for filling power determination of tobacco and hardness determination of filter rods and cigarettes are easily interchangeable to support the flexibility of the D61A2.

Equipped with a modern control system, the D61A2 combines maximal user friendliness via touch screen and latest technical features for a state of the art high quality measurement device.


The E44 is a measuring device used to test the stability of plain and filter cigarette ends. The stability of the cigarette ends is determined by the strand length and the width of cut of the tobacco as well as by the dampness, packing density and the diameter of the cigarette.

To simulate the mechanical handling of cigarettes during the production process, the cigarettes are subjected to a rolling and falling motion in a "cigarette cage" for a certain period of time. The quantity of tobacco dropped out of the ends is an indication of the stability of the cigarette ends.


The F21 is a fully automatic measuring device for determining the moisture content of cut rag, cigarettes or tobacco foils.

The moisture content is calculated automatically by determining the differential weight of the sample before (gross) and after (net) weighing. The tobacco is dried in a convection process.

A sample container is filled with a quantity of tobacco, and the gross weight is calculated. Then the closed sample container is moved into the measuring device and dried with a hot air for a defined period of time. When the drying time is complete, the net weight is determined, then moisture is calculated.

The unit's functions are all automatic. The measuring parameters are entered via easy-to-use menus. Also, set drying programs are stored in the software.

Temperature/time combination*:

  • 104 °C/5 min
  • 104 °C/11 min
  • 116 °C/9 min

*User can define temperature/time combinations.


Borgwaldt KC's F22 is a tabletop unit for determination of moisture content of cut tobacco.
Based on microwave technology the instrument measures samples with up to 20% moisture with its planar sensor. The touch screen interface allows very fast and easy operation. The integrated software does not only display the measurement results, but also creates trend charts. With its measurement speed of approx. 10 seconds per sample and compact design the F22 is ideal for efficient control and monitoring of the production process.


A member of the new family of desk top instruments to measure physical parameters on cigarettes, cigars and filter rods is the Hardness Tester H10.

This new generation of standalone instruments is designed to accommodate cigarettes, filter rods and machine made cigars with a length between 58 and 150 mm and diameters ranging from 5 to 10 mm. The entire family uses the same basic unit, while only the measuring module differs from instrument type to instrument type.

The instruments are equipped with a hopper offering a capacity of approx. 250 samples. The samples are separated automatically from the hopper and transported to the measurement position by a linear drive. Precise positioning of the sample in the measuring unit is therefore possible. After measurement the samples are transported to a 2-way sorting device. The instruments support single or group measurements.

The machines are controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling.

Some facts about Hardness Tester H 10:

  • Hardness measurement of Cigarettes and filter rods
  • Load weight: 50 – 350 mg
  • Load Duration: 2 to 60 seconds
  • Measurement principle : Borgwaldt, Filtrona, Sodim or customized
  • Up to 10 measuring point per sample

The H37 is the latest measuring device for automatic determination of group hardness of cigarettes and filter rods.

The H37 offers a new hopper system (up to 250 samples) which places the sample precisely on the sample belt to ensure always the correct measurement position. The transportation of the test specimens is totally controlled by using new designed sensors.

To determine hardness, 10 objects to be measured are weighted with two parallel measuring rods for a set time. The ratio of the remaining height of the objects and the original diameter indicates the hardness (Borgwaldt hardness). Samples with a length between 60 and 150 mm and diameters from 4, 5 to 9,0 can be handled by the H37.

Equipped with modern control system, the H37 is controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling. The graphical touch sensitive display, aids the user in the daily operation of the instrument from measurements, calibration, test results and interfacing to external outputs.


The IP10 provides a semi-automated testing environment for the measurement of Low Ignition Propensity (LIP) conformance in accordance with the ASTM E 2187 and ISO 12863 standards.

The IP10’s automated testing ensures that evaluation of the pass or fail criteria are fully repeatable not just on a daily basis, but also week to week, user to user and location to location. With the automated lighting, measuring and recording of results, the workload on the operator is significant decreased so allowing more simultaneous tests to be performed by the same operator.

The IP10 is also integrated with the capability of performing burn-rate/free-burn testing, delivering an automated measurement in 0.1 second and 0.1mm resolutions.

The IP10 is able to run cigarettes with a diameter of 4.5mm to 9mm and a length of up to 120mm. The position of the termination point is displayed with a resolution of 0.1mm.  


Unit for sieve analysis according to the horizontal screening principle.

The unit is equipped with up to 8 sieve frames of varying mesh sizes and wire diameters. For sieve analysis, approx. 50 - 80 g of cut rag are screened for 3 - 5 minutes. The residue (fractions) is weighed in the various frames.


The M10 is specifically designed to measure the moisture of individual filter rods, cigarettes and industry manufactured cigars using a ring-shaped non destructive microwave resonance technique. The profile measurements are done in steps which are selectable by the user from a specimen length of 58mm to 150 mm. The M10 offers therewith a highly flexible “moisture and more” measurement platform. With its flexible sample hopper the M10 offers the measurement of a wide range of product diameters from 4,5 mm to 8,5 mm just by simple exchange of the sample drums.

At the heart of the M10 is the ring-shaped microwave resonator and a touch screen monitor user interface module that remains constant, irrelevant of the measurement (moisture or profiles) or the type of product being measured. Data configuration is as simple as a click of the menu to switch between the different options.

The interface is a fully featured graphical user interface with network and printer connection configurations, local and central database storage and user access controls.


A member of the new family of desk top instruments to measure physical parameters on cigarettes and filter rods is the Size Tester S10.

This new generation of standalone instruments is designed to accommodate cigarettes, filter rods and machine made cigars with a length between 58 and 150 mm and diameters ranging from 5 to 10 mm. The entire family uses the same basic unit, while only the measuring module differs from instrument type to instrument type. 

The machines are controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling. 

The graphical touch sensitive display, aids the user in the daily operation of the instrument from measurements, calibration, test results and interfacing to external outputs.

Some facts about Size Tester S10:

  • Determination of diameter, circumference, ovality and aspect ratio of cigarettes and filter rods as per ISO 2971
  • Sorting and classifying
  • In contrast to other laser based size tester at the S10 not the sample is turned for measurement, but the laser unit rotates around the sample
  • Specimen can precisely moved automatically through the laser, measurements at different positions are possible

A member of the family of desk top instruments to measure physical parameters on cigars is the Size Tester S10C.
This new generation of standalone instruments is designed to accommodate machine made cigars with a length between 60 and 230 mm and diameters ranging from 6 to 22 mm. The entire family uses the same basic unit, while only the measuring module differs from instrument type to instrument type.
The samples have to be placed manually at the measurement position (manual operation).
The machines are controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling.
The graphical touch sensitive display, aids the user in the daily operation of the instrument from measurements, calibration, test results and interfacing to external outputs.


Some facts about Size Tester S10C:
Determination of diameter, circumference, ovality and aspect ratio of machine made cigars as per ISO 2971 and CRM No. 65
In contrast to other laser based size tester at the S10C not the sample is turned for measurement, but the laser unit rotates around the sample
Specimen can precisely moved automatically through the laser, measurements at different positions are possible


A member of the new family of desk top instruments to measure physical parameters on cigarettes and filter rods is the Weight Tester W10.

This new generation of standalone instruments is designed to accommodate cigarettes, filter rods and machine made cigars with a length between 58 and 150 mm and diameters ranging from 5 to 10 mm. The entire family uses the same basic unit, while only the measuring module differs from instrument type to instrument type.

The machines are controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling.

The graphical touch sensitive display, aids the user in the daily operation of the instrument from measurements, calibration, test results and interfacing to external outputs.

Some facts about Weight Tester W10:

  • Weight determination of cigarettes and filter rods
  • Measuring range 0-40g
  • Reading precision 0,1mg
  • Sorting and classifying

A member of the new family of desk top instruments to measure physical parameters on cigarettes and filter rods is the Size Tester S10.

This new generation of standalone instruments is designed to accommodate cigarettes, filter rods and machine made cigars with a length between 58 and 150 mm and diameters ranging from 5 to 10 mm. The entire family uses the same basic unit, while only the measuring module differs from instrument type to instrument type. 

The machines are controlled via touch screen PC and offer USB port and Ethernet connection for fast and easy data transmission and handling. 

The graphical touch sensitive display, aids the user in the daily operation of the instrument from measurements, calibration, test results and interfacing to external outputs.

Some facts about Size Tester S10:

  • Determination of diameter, circumference, ovality and aspect ratio of cigarettes and filter rods as per ISO 2971
  • Sorting and classifying
  • In contrast to other laser based size tester at the S10 not the sample is turned for measurement, but the laser unit rotates around the sample
  • Specimen can precisely moved automatically through the laser, measurements at different positions are possible

A11-2 NGP - Draft Resistance Measurements on Next Generation Products

One product in the family of benchtop instruments for measuring physical parameters on dry e-cigarettes and Heated Tobacco products is the A11-2 NGP pressure drop meter.

The A11-2 NGP is specifically designed to measure draw resistance (pressure drop "PD") in accordance with the provisions of ISO 6565.

The A11-2 NGP offers a highly flexible PD measurement platform. With its interchangeable test piece receptacle, the A11-2 NGP can quickly switch from measuring the PD of deflated (dry) e-cigarettes and vaporizers to the corresponding HTP format.
At the heart of the A11-2 NGP is a measurement module and touchscreen monitor HMI that remains constant regardless of the installed measurement head or the type of product being measured.
The interface is a full-featured graphical user interface with network and printer port configurations, local and central database storage, and user access control.
The A11-2 NGP is also available for cigarettes and filter rods A11-2, as well as A11-2Z for cigars.

 


A14 PD – Pressure Drop Measurement on Next Generation Products

A member of the desktop instrument family that measure physical parameters on e-cigarettes, vaporizers and heated tobacco products is the A14 pressure drop tester.

The A14 is specially designed to measure draw resistance (pressure drop “PD”) in accordance with provisions of ISO 6565.

The A14 offers a highly flexible PD measurement platform. With its easy interchangeable measurement product supports the A11-2 NGP can quickly change from measuring e-cigarettes and vaporizers pressure drop to all three types of HTP. E-cigarettes filled with liquid can also be tested, as possible soiling and contamination can be easily cleaned.

The benefit of the A14 PD interface is the connection to the well-known PM1 pump module used for the Borgwaldt modular smoking machine family. It also offers the chance to connect it to already available vaping machines to use the given product support infrastructure.

In addition to the pump, the PM1 offers a touchscreen monitor HMI that remains constant regardless of the installed measuring head or the type of product to be measured. The interface is a fully functional graphical user interface with network and printer port configurations, local and central database storage, and user access control.

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