Retort room automation

Innovative product handling solutions for pouch, can, jar and semi-rigid containers

Your turnkey retort room

A retort room is the part of a production facility at food manufacturers equipped with retorts (also called sterilisers or autoclaves)


to produce various kinds of food, such as soups, sauces, pasta, rice, ready meals, wet pet food, canned vegetables, meat or seafood. By thermal processing (heating) these products for a product dependent period of time, an optimal shelf life is ensured. 

Handling systems

Lan Handling Technologies is specialised in retort room automation, providing retort loading & unloading systems for the handling of pouches, cans, jars, bottles and semi-rigid containers. Depending on your product type, desired automation level and production process, we determine whether a robot solution or linear solution best suits your situation.

Retort room - Pouch handling
Retort room - food sterilisation

Benefit from our...

  • arrow-checkmarkAbility to handle innovative and eye-catching packages with uncommon shapes
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  • arrow-checkmarkIntegration of the latest techniques and trends (digitization, low energy and air consumption)
  • arrow-checkmarkHigh capacity solutions with small footprint

Considering retort room automation? Educate yourself on relevant topics

Batch retort systems

In the world of food sterilisation, there are roughly two types of processing techniques: batch sterilisation and continuous sterilisation.


Lan Handling Technologies develops automated systems for batch retorts. As the name suggests, a ‘batch’ of products is loaded in and out of the retort, usually in large baskets (typically can and jars) or a stacks of trays (typically pouches and semi-rigid containers).

Retort room - batch retort
Retort room - shuttle

Retort loading & unloading

In the pursuit of higher efficiency and capacity to meet the increasing demand for food, manufacturers often opt for larger retorts.


That means: per retort several heavy product carriers, such as baskets or stacks of trays have to be loaded and unloaded. What about the workplace safety and ergonomics? There are ways to easily automate this time consuming, labor-intensive and sometimes riskfully task.

Retort pouch

Nowadays, there is a critical look at the usefullness of packaging in almost every industry.


Rightly so, because the impact on the climate can be big. At the same time, packaging also ensures food safety, shelf life and robustness. How to make the right choice? Looking at a retort pouch (stand-up, pillow or spout), there might be various benefits for your (food or pharma) sterilisation process in terms of transport costs and design options. But how to deal with variation in product sizes? And drying your pouches? Benefit from our experience as a market leader.

Retort pouch handling

Some of our retort room automation projects

Vegetable and bean dishes at HAK

An extremely flexible stand-up pouch production line on just 350 m2 (!) at HAK, the market leader in the Benelux in the canned vegetables and legumes category.

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pouch handling PPF

Wet pet food at Partner in Pet Food (PPF)

Long-term cooperation with this innovative and leading European producer of pet food (PPF) from Czech Republic. Several production lines for pet food pouches installed.

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