PVLH 251 linking and hanging line

High-performance AL system for the portioning, linking and hanging of cooked and dry sausages as well as meat substitute products in peel-off or shirred collagen and plant-based casing.

The Handtmann PVLH 251 offers medium-scale and industrial sausage producers an automated production process for the filling, portioning, linking and hanging of boiled and dry sausages in peel-off and collagen casing. Vegan/vegetarian products and meat substitute products can also be produced automatically in shirred plant-based casing. The production of sausage products from the pet food segment is also possible. The high-performance line comes into its own above all in classic hot dog production and with few product changes.

High-performance line for industrial sausage production

At a maximum output of up to 3,750 portions per minute, the PVLH 251 is ideally suited for the mono-production of boiled sausages and hot dogs in peel-off and collagen casing, but also for dry sausages and meat substitute products. This high level of productivity is made possible by minimal casing change times with only one linking nozzle of less than 2 seconds. Furthermore, the PVLH 251 is characterised by short set-up times.

High process reliability due to reliable casing spooling

A reliable casing change is always ensured thanks to the centring of the linking nozzle and the simultaneous guiding of the slug in the casing spooling unit. The perfect synchronisation of all drives facilitates casing change times of less than 2 seconds. The filling product scraper ensures that the linking nozzle is clean at all times, thus further enhancing process reliability. An optical signal in the casing magazine signals the operator promptly when the casing slugs in the magazine reach a critical fill level. The casing magazine can thus be filled with new casings in good time, which contributes to the continuous and uninterrupted operation of the line.

Particularly gentle on the casing thanks to new voider conveyor

The new voider conveyor and the new, patented shape of the voider elements facilitate portioning in industrial sausage production that is particularly gentle on the casing and consistent in length. The automatic length check prevents operating errors and boosts process reliability, as the set portion length and the voider conveyors are automatically matched. A new, perfect-fit version for industrial mono-productions from the forerunner of automated sausage production.

State-of-the-art hanging technology increases productivity and reduces costs

The new AHE 228-16/AHE 228-17 hanging units easily multiply the advantages of the PVLH 251. Flexible hook spacing, adjustable in 5 mm increments, ensures that all products are conveyed with optimum spacing. This results in maximum smoke stick utilisation and cost savings in the downstream process. The hanging unit can be equipped with the AHE scales as an option. Weighing the products allows for automatic readjustment of the filling volume and thus ensures optimum product weights at all times. Give-away is reduced and cost savings of up to 2 % are possible. 

Optimum operation, hygiene and safety

The straightforward design of the line offers highly intuitive operation, even for inexperienced operators, preventing incorrect settings and consequently rejects. The rounded and sloped surfaces meet the latest hygienic design requirements. 


  • Continuous production of cooked and dry sausages in peel-off and collagen casing as well as meat substitute products in shirred plant-based casing

  • Optimally designed for industrial-scale mono-production, such as hot dogs

  • Ultimate productivity of up to 3,750 portions per minute

  • Extremely short casing change times of less than 2 seconds for maximum performance

  • Efficient, uninterrupted process due to reliable casing spooling with centred linking nozzle and guided casing slug

  • Perfect product lengths and weights thanks to the Handtmann vane cell feed system

  • Custom-fit voider conveyors for different product lengths and calibres

  • Optimum machine design for ease of operation, maximum safety and excellent hygiene

PVLH 251


13 to 34 mm


20 to 400 mm

Portion lengths

max. 3,750 portions/min.

Portioning capacity

< 2 seconds

Casing change times

Applications and Product examples

Dry sausage snacks

Dry sausage snacks

Hot dog

Hot dog



Cocktail sausages

Cocktail sausages