FS 503 forming system

Forming system for the production of a great variety of 3D shapes

In combination with a Handtmann vacuum filler, the single-lane FS 503 forming system allows the fully automatic production of a wide variety of 3D-shaped products. Many different feed materials, such as meat, meat substitutes as well as fish and fish substitutes, vegetables and vegan/vegetarian products, hybrid meat/vegetables or meat/cheese products, convenience products, dough applications, confectionery, dairy products or pet food can be processed and formed with maximum flexibility. Retailers as well as medium-scale and industrial producers can benefit from great variety and flexibility along with high economic efficiency.

Automatic high-output production process 
The FS 503 forming system is characterised by high production output and weight accuracy, low wear, well-formed products as well as easy operation and cleaning. The fully automatic process enables a high production output of up to 150 portions per minute. The perfect response for food-processing producers to the rapidly growing demand for a wide range of trend and convenience products.  

Products in first-class quality and appearance, accurate to the gram 
The gentle portioning and forming process with a minimum of friction surfaces, short product paths and low heat input ensures lasting optimum product quality. A large variety of products from initial products of many different consistencies are reliably portioned and formed to perfection and gently transferred to the conveyor belt. Accurate-to-the-gram weights per product are an additional guarantee for cost-optimised production.  

Patented forming technology for a wide variety of products 
The 3-way hole plate forming technology allows the production of free-formed 3D products of diameters up to 100 mm. Nearly all 3D product shapes and geometries are possible. As an option, a flattening belt adjustable in height for flattened products of 10 to 55 mm product height (e.g. burgers and patties) can be used.  

Top features

Forming module

3-way hole plate system

Portioning capacity

Up to 150 portions per minute

Forming set

15 mm to 100 mm

Your advantages

  • High system flexibility and economic efficiency thanks to a production output of up to 150 portions per minute with free-formed products

  • Large variety of products and shapes as the 3-hole plate system allows the production of nearly all 3D product shapes and geometries

  • Reduced production costs thanks to accurate-to-the-gram product weights with only minimal give-away and economy of raw material

  • Particularly high product quality including absolute form accuracy thanks to the patented 3-hole plate system

  • Gentle product depositing thanks to reduced drop height owing to the forming module adjustable in height

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Applications and Product examples

Experience the diversity A suitable solution for every application. Whether be it meat, dairy, convenience, dough, pet food, confectionary, and more.


butter balls



cream cheese balls

meat balls

potatoe dumplings

vegan balls

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How to contact us

Do you have any questions or need more information? We look forward to hearing from you.

Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG

Phone: +49 7351 45-0
Fax: +49 7351 45-1599
E-mail: sales.machines(at)handtmann.de
URL: www.handtmann.de/food
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