Resource-conserving food production technology

Identifying future challenges and developing trend-setting solutions with visionary technology – this is what we understand sustainability-compliant innovation to be.

For Handtmann as a family company, using resources carefully and economically is a key factor in our pursuit of economic success. We achieve this, for example, with our modular, energy-efficient and extremely durable system platforms that facilitate sustainable and environmentally-friendly food production. At the same time, we put our trust in visionary technologies which provide successful support for the changes in the market and the associated challenges. Our developments are aimed at producing excellent quality products which provide added value in terms of both economic efficiency and sustainability. Thanks to our global setup, we are able to pass on sustainable technology throughout the world. We are thus also pioneers and companions for our international partners for the implementation of sustainable food production.

Examples of resource-conserving Handtmann technology

Alginate casing instead of animal casing

ConPro technology

As the inventor of ConPro technology, the responsible use of resources across the entire value chain is one of our top priorities. Handtmann ConPro technology makes it possible to replace natural casings from animals with a purely vegetable alginate casing for the production of sausage products and other Foods.

As an inventor and pioneering company, Handtmann Maschinenfabrik has been intensively involved with all aspects of this technology in this area for more than a decade. Today, the innovative, patented Handtmann Maschinenfabrik technology enables producers to exploit the enormous potential of alginate technology to the full, in the area of sustainable product development in particular, such as faux meat products or vegetarian and vegan foods.

Dr. Michael Betz, contact person for technology and process-related issues at Handtmann Maschinenfabrik

Energy-efficient servo technology

Vacuum filling and portioning technology

Handtmann meets the enormous consumption of energy in the food processing industry with significant investments in the development of sustainable technology. The latest example for low energy consumption is the VF 800 vacuum filler series. The filling machine's drives are designed and certified in accordance with energy efficiency criteria (TÜV-SÜD-EME standard). Handtmann vacuum filling machines employ highly energy-efficient servo axes. They consist of a servo inverter and a servo motor. The use of synchronous motors brings additional advantages in terms of energy efficiency and a compact design, so that the servo axes achieve an overall efficiency of more than 90 %.



Energy consumption of a vacuum filling machine:

  • Average power consumption: 12 kW
  • Operating hours: 4,000 h/year
  • Energy savings: approx. 15 %
  • Energy savings in kWh/year: 4,000 x 12 x 0.15 = 7,200 kWh
  • CO2 savings: approx. 4,000 kg/year

As the driving force behind innovations and a market leader for portioning technology, we feel it is definitely our responsibility to give sustainability high priority for our developments. In addition to energy efficiency, this also includes, for example, hygienic design for reducing cleaning work, water consumption and the use of detergents.

Gerhard Müller, Member of the Management Team, Technical Development

Factory re-engineering of second-hand machines

Re-engineering instead of scrapping. For the benefit of the environment

As an alternative to buying a new machine, we offer our customers factory re-engineered second-hand machines. In this way, we play our part in slowing down the depletion of raw materials, saving energy and reducing the cost on the environment and the human race. Handtmann machines are fully dismantled and reconditioned completely and professionally in a dedicated Second-hand Machine Centre. Customers throughout the world thus benefit from modern, future-proof technology in renowned Handtmann quality. Reliable, top quality standards ensure a long service life and the long-term effective performance of the machines and systems.

Twelve Sustainability Guidelines of the Mechanical Engineering Industry

Blue Competence Sustainability Guidelines

Handtmann is a Blue Competence member

We are Alliance Member of the Sustainability Initiative Blue Competence. Blue Competence is an initiative of the VDMA for promoting and communication of sustainable solutions for the Mechanical Engineering Industry. By using the trademark “Blue Competence”, we commit ourselves to these twelve Sustainability Guidelines of the European Mechanical Engineering Industry.

The sustainability guidelines for the mechanical and plant engineering sector do more than just pay lip service to the issue. They are a verifiable pledge to the companies themselves and to the general public. The mechanical and plant engineering companies are continually developing sustainable product and production technologies. They are aware of their responsibility for people and the environment. However, in order that sustainable economic activities and actions are no longer left to chance, clear criteria are needed on the basis of which companies can align, check and publicise their own commitment. These 12 guidelines clearly define the requirements for sustainability in the mechanical and plant engineering sector.

INTRODUCTION: Our understanding of trendsetting sustainability is based on the principles of economic success, fairness and respect & responsibility and includes the dimensions of society, ecology & economy. We understand sustainable action holistically in terms of the definition of the Brundtland report and the definition of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

1. Sustainability is an important part of our corporate strategy.

2. With sustainable business models, we create strong values and secure corporate success.

3. Our technologies and solutions promote sustainable developments worldwide.

4. Sustainable thinking and actions are mapped in our processes and products.

5. We conserve resources and are committed to climate protection.

6. Our employees are our most valuable asset.
We promote engagement and participation.

7. We are committed to protecting human rights.

8. Our company is a Habitat.

9. We take on social responsibility in our Region.

10. We keep our promises.

11. We maintain active dialogue with all those involved.

12. We communicate our sustainable action transparently.