Vegetable processor improves canning operation with a fully automated retort room

Mar 17, 2014

Allpax was recently featured in an article on the Food Engineering Magazine website showcasing an Allpax fully Automated Retort Room.

When a leading canned vegetable processor replaced more than 20 manually loaded and unloaded vertical retorts with seven eight-basket Allpax jumbo retorts and a fully automated loading and unloading system, the new automated batch retort system (ABRS) increased the cannery’s productivity by more than 25 percent over the previous year’s production. The ABRS runs at speeds of more than 500 cans per minute depending on can size. One operator, situated at a state-of-the-art control station, oversees the entire retort room.

This canning operation runs only a few months out of the year following the fall vegetable harvest. The new system had to be installed and ready to run flawlessly 24 hours per day and seven days per week from the start of a harvest season, with high-efficiency expectations to maximize the yield of the harvest. The engineering, manufacturing, installation and training timeframe for the new retort room was extremely tight and mission critical. In the end, these hurdles were overcome with flying colors.

Allpax Products, a division of ProMach, delivered seven jumbo retorts to the plant within a six-month window, saving the company 20 percent of the capital cost of the project. Additionally, the new retorts’ dual process mode capability expanded capacity, made the plant more flexible and lowered labor costs within the retort room.

Read the entire article at Food Engineering >>

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Supporting the highest levels of product safety and regulatory compliance, Allpax manufactures processing and sterilization solutions for the food, beverage, pet food, pharmaceutical, and nutraceutical industries, including autoclaves, retort room components, fully automated retort rooms, and product handling equipment that supports retort room automation. Allpax is a product brand of ProMach, a global leader in packaging line solutions. As part of the ProMach Product Handling business line, Allpax helps our packaging customers protect and grow the reputation and trust of their consumers. ProMach is performance, and the proof is in every package. Learn more about Allpax at and more about ProMach at

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