1. Core technologies of Heat Not Burn Sticks
The product structures of various heat not burn sticks brands are currently similar. Most of them use a paper-tube integration structure. The smoke-releasing materials are mainly filled with granules, only a few brands use flake filling.
From the beginning of product development, LEME brand has always insisted that product quality is the absolute principle and that product taste is the core of market competition. Aiming at the common defects such as lack of smoke sensation, heavy tea taste, and uneven aroma in commercially available products, Mainstay focuses on the taste and quality of products and makes core technological breakthroughs from the selection of base materials, the core flavor material formula, granulation technology, quality control, and the other fields.
1.1 Selection of base materials
The selection of base materials is the most critical factor affecting the taste of the product, and the blending is only the embellishment and assistance. At present, the base material of sticks on the market is mainly tea leaves, which is inspired and influenced by "tea cigarettes", and also limits the way of thinking. LEME has experimented with nearly 100 kinds of natural plant-based materials during the product development phase, resulting in a core base formulation tailored to different tastes.
1.2 Core flavor material formula
In terms of product taste, LEME insists on outstanding style, rich aroma, and harmonious compatibility as a goal, takes the key technology of combustion pyrolysis as a bridge, based on four core blocks, such as the plant pyrolysis materials to enhance the smoke sensation, the natural extract materials to improve the sensory comfort, the characteristic reaction materials to enhance the quality of aroma and the basic solvent formulation to improve the concentration of aerosol granules, resulting in a flavor formulation system with characteristic style. The product is closer to the original aroma of tobacco to a greater extent and has been unanimously recognized by the domestic and foreign markets.
1.3 Granulation technology
Existing granulation methods mainly include blending granulation, extrusion granulation, spray-drying granulation, pressure-drying granulation, dispersed mist granulation, hot melt forming granulation, etc. The technology of all methods is divided into two parts: granule formation and drying. The selection of technology in both stages affects the quality of the granules. At present, the commercially available granulation equipment is mature in the pharmaceutical industry, and the equipment parameters are not suitable for the preparation of heat-not-burn smoke-releasing granules. According to the characteristics of the product formula, LEME has customized two granulation equipment suitable for heat-not-burn smoke-releasing granules, a 25L experimental granulator, and a 200L production granulator, the granules do not have to go through these steps, such as extrusion, spheronization, etc., it can be formed once in the blending process, and the granules are uniform. At the same time, a low-temperature boiling drying line has been customized recently, which can minimize the loss of aroma during the drying process.
1.4 Quality Control
The factory strictly implements dust-free production, and quality control standards are set for the whole process of sticks from granulation - filling - stick forming - labeling - packaging - product forming. All sticks and finished products are currently subject to a full inspection. In particular, for new flavors and flavor upgrades, the company organizes personnel and consumers to carry out the synchronously strict evaluations. At the same time, the company also regularly organizes personnel to conduct random inspections of product quality and sensory quality to ensure product quality safety and consistency to the greatest extent.
2. Patent application status
LEME attaches great importance to the protection of product intellectual property rights. At present, it has applied for more than 20 domestic patents and 4 Japanese patents in the aspects of heat-not-burn sticks structure, auxiliary material structure, the production equipment of sticks, electronic cigarette pods, etc. At the same time, LEME is actively applying for European patents and PCT international patents.
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