The hygienic design is evident on every sloping surface and with patented new molding materials and designs to address areas of concern during changeovers and cleanup.
The VF 800 features a robust vacuum system and new vane cell feeding design that handles product with less friction and maximizes portion accuracy. Its new drive unit is equipped with heavy-duty components that deliver 200 percent more service life and 20 percent higher service intervals at 2,400 hours. Product quality parameters within the feed system are now automatically monitored and available through operator-friendly control screen displays.
The VF 800 is capable of connecting to a variety of auxiliary devices and innovative options that make it both flexible and customizable. The VF 800 vacuum filler series is available in five models and features five interchangeable hoppers in different sizes – split, single piece and even temperature controlled.
Grinding speed with the new GD 451 inline grinding system can be set independently from the product speed and operates with 45 percent more drive power and 110 percent higher torque than previous grinders so it delivers even its maximum filling capacity at lower temperatures.
Handtmann’s smart design options include a pre-cleaning system with a rotating nozzle above the hopper that does the initial wash down to reduce changeover and final cleaning downtime. It can be equipped with an optional UVC Degermination system that uses ultraviolet light to manage pathogens in the air used by the machine.
Laser sensors track product levels in the hopper and automatically activate the system’s “quick lift and tip” function. The signal column also features a traffic lighting configuration that constantly communicates the VF 800’s operational status.
Handtmann’s new forming solution, the FS 520 with servo-driven flow divider, was also on display at IFFA. It features three forming knives and can produce meatballs, burger patties and cylindrical shapes with weights that are consistently accurate to the gram. The expanded Handtmann forming line now also includes the FS 521 and FS 522 models.