Retort room automation

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

Your fully automated retort room

Your fully automated retort room


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.

  • arrow-checkmarkHandling innovative and eye-catching packages with uncommon shapes
  • arrow-checkmarkAutomated unloading solutions to handle multipack with different flavors
  • arrow-checkmarkIntegration of the latest techniques and trends (digitization, low energy and air consumption)
  • arrow-checkmarkHigh capacity solutions with a 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 usefulness 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

Automating a variety pack process?

Humans simply love choices. That is why we are increasingly encountering variety packs in the (pet) food industry.


In a variety packaging process, individual products are combined in a secondary packaging. Such as boxes or shrink bundles. Automation is very important for an efficient process with a minimum of labour. Lan Handling Technologies has designed fully automated unloading solutions, resulting in the highest possible uptime for your case packers.

Brands we work for

From established names to fast-growing start-ups:

we have a handling solution that suits your needs.

Product handling for HAK
Product handling for Hipp
Product handling for Tilda

Questions? More info? Get in touch with our specialists

Thijs van Gerven - Lan Handling

Thijs van Gerven

Technical Sales Manager

+31 65 262 73 87



Berry Geerts - Lan Handling

Berry Geerts

Technical Sales Manager

+31 62 392 88 84