Processing sensitive materials
From manufacturing classic meat and sausage products all the way to making convenience and trend items,
vacuum fillers are highly versatile. This article discusses the most important criteria when purchasing new
systems and presents current filling and portioning machines.
Several production steps are necessary
to achieve a perfect end
product. However, excess handling
of products or ingredients during
processing should be minimized.
The right selection of machines and
technology concepts assures good production
and success, according to
manufacturer Karl Schnell.
Whether liquid or solid, fine or
coarse, cold or hot – uniform product
results are crucial when filling masses
of various consistencies. Vacuum
technology, which is now standard in
modern fillers, prevents so-called “air
pockets” in the final product and also
ensures nearly trouble-free production.
When investing in a new filling
system, two aspects are crucial, because
not all filling machines are
suitable for all products. What products
will the new system be used for?
What capacities should the line have,
both in regard to individual batches
as well as the overall production
After answering these questions,
filling speed, portioning accuracy as
well as the degree of automation also
play an important role in selecting a
new system. High performance control
technology is essential for processing
all types of products as well.
The market offers machines that
are suitable for all different requirements.
They all feature robust construction
and powerful drives. Stainless
steel and hardened vane cell feed
systems, for example, accurately and
gently process raw materials over the
entire service life of the system.
Optimal coordination of individual
manufacturing steps is basic for guaranteeing
gentle handling of sensitive
raw materials. In a production line,
filling and portioning must thus be
adapted to upstream cutting processes
as well as downstream operations
like clipping, hanging, packaging and
labeling. Filling machines should also
be compatible with linking gears, casing
holder devices, casing spoolers,
product splitters, grinder attachments
or other attachments. Retooling
when switching from one product
to another must be fast and simple,
especially when a company produces
many different products.
Absolute hygiene is essential when
filling and portioning. No production
residue must be allowed to collect in
the machines, otherwise, germs and
bacteria can develop. Manufacturers
thus construct their machines with
smooth surfaces and comply with the
highest hygiene standards. Hygiene
intensive parts are nearly always
easily accessible, requiring little
effort to reach or only simple swiveling
or turning. This is especially true
for filling hoppers and feed systems.
Thanks to graphic icons and function
keys on the touchscreen, operation
of filling and portioning machines
is easy. For documentation and
control purposes, production-specific
data can be recorded and saved.
In this issue, Die Fleischerei presents
filling and portioning systems
from various manufacturers.
The new patented vane cell feed system of the VF 800 vacuum filler guarantees
filling and portioning accuracy. Handtmann
Five models, nine variants
For industrial use, Handtmann (Biberach,
Germany) recommends its
VF 800 vacuum filler. The patented
vane cell feed system promises stable
filling and portioning accuracy. Durable
components as well as minimal
wear and maintenance plus an energy
efficient design ensure low operat-
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