Neat and precise

Industrial plants use intelligent, high-performance machines to fill sausage meat into casings and form hamburger patties. These machines combine portioning accuracy and speed with the sensitivity required by the raw materials involved.

Modern industrial fillers and portioners are no longer rated only according to their ability to process food products down to the exact gram. They also form a wide variety of raw products – from meatballs to potato dough sticks – and convey preparations ranging from soup to pet food. Additionally, they must be able to twist off artificial and natural casings automatically and clip them if necessary. Finally, parameters for new batches should be easy to retrieve or change.

Technical standards for vacuum fillers and similar machines thus include stainless-steel housings in hygienic design, touchscreen controls, gentle conveyors, servo drives, often a selection of different portioning heads and integrated Cleaning-in-Place processes. This is because batch sizes are important, especially in industrial processing, and all machine downtime for retooling or cleaning costs money. It is not enough to rely on pure performance, such as filling volume or portioning speed, when making investment decisions. Other major criteria must also be considered, such as ease of operation and maintenance, freedom from wear, as well as versatility – for example, the option of integration into a production line.

In the following article, Die Flei­scherei presents a selection of filling and portioning machines from well-known manufacturers that can help companies optimize their production and make it more effective and fail-safe.