Smoking Machine VC 1

Manual smoking machine for conventional and electronic cigarettes with high tech features.

The manual smoking machine VC 1 is designed to fulfill the requirements of in vitro experiments with cultivated cells, e. g. from humans. For conventional and electronic cigarettes.

It is suitable for working with side- and mainstream smoke, and offers significant advantages over other commercial smoking machines.

For the success of an experiment with mainstream tobacco smoke it is important that the distance between the smoke generation (cigarette holders) and the VITROCELL® cell cultivation and exposure system is as short as possible in order to avoid aging and to guarantee a smoke composition matching the real-life situation.
The VC 1 machine is designed to allow easy access to all tubes, filters and the pumping system. Additional analytical equipment relevant to the experi- ment can be installed without difficulty by the operator.
The computer system allows highly flexible programming of the smoking process. All parameters of the smoking process like puff duration, puff volume, puff frequency and exhaust duration can be defined according to the needs of the experiment.
The data of the smoking process are logged into an Excel® sheet for further processing.
The VC 1 machine is divided into 2 major components: computer, control box with smoking platform.
In particular the work with unfiltered mainstream smoke demands frequent cleaning of all parts of the machine which are in contact with the smoke. Cleaning must take place after each experiment in order to avoid any influence of residual products on the following experiment. Due to the easy access to all parts the cleaning can be done quickly and efficiently.
This optional feature offers the possibility to feed data of human puff profiles registered by Smoking Puff Analyzers to the machine controls.
The VC 1 machine can be integrated with and connected to other lab systems, e. g. analytical systems.
The VC 1 machine meets the requirements of ISO 3308:2012 which assures a compatibility with data generated for quality assurance purposes on other smoking machines.
The VC 1 machine meets the requirements for 55 ml/30 sec puff frequency requirements if the interchange option is purchased.
The VC 1 machine is built to the highest standards using reliable and durable components. Precision of the process is ensured by a linear motor drive for the piston.
All VC 1 machines are designed to be very service-friendy and have a secure internet-based remote servicing module.

Components Top View

Piston Pump Unit
Aerosol Exhaust
Pressure Regulator
Cigarette Holder
Butt Length Sensor
Smoke Extraction Fan
Heating System

Versatility for all types of test articles

No matter which type of product you wish to eveluate, the VC 1 is a platform for reliable smoking or puffing to all established standards. Easy cleaning and fast interchange of holders and actuators make the machine a versatile solution.

For Conventional Cigarettes

For draw actuated e-cigarettes

For button actuated e-cigarettes

For Heated Tobacco Products (HTP)

More about VC 1

State of the art controls for highest precision

A choice of modules equipped with 1 Quartz Crystal Microbalance for dose monitoring is also available.

Special Holder System for e-Cigarettes

Secure and tight connection of any puff-actuated device.

Option: Human Puff Profiles

Data generated by a Smoking Puff Analyzer is directly loaded to the controls of the machine.

Option: VITROCELL Vapestarter

Innovative solution for smoking machines: automatic button activation of e-cigarettes.

VC 1 Software & Controls

Electrical control box

The control box houses the controls for the stepper motors, sensors and pneumatic valves. The whole process is controlled by Beckhoff software in conjunction with Microsoft Windows 10®. This setup offers extensive possibilities for integration with common Microsoft Office® applications and the exchange of data with Excel®-sheets.

Smoking parameters

The following parameters can be adjusted according to the needs of the experiment: Puff and exhaust duration, Puff frequency, Puff volume, Puff profile, Flow rate, Clearing puff number, Puff duration hold time, Butt length via sensor

VC 1 Smoking Machine Technical Data

  • Dimensions: 605 x 455 x 533 mm (L x W x H)
  • Voltage: 1 x 230 V, 50/60 Hz , 4 A
  • Compressed air: 4 bar (58 psi) min.
  • Remote service module: Included / Internet access mandatory
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