Ilapak designs Delta 3000 for speedy fresh sausage lines

By Jenny Eagle

- Last updated on GMT

The Delta Flobag cuts the pack size to each product’s dimensions. Photo: Ilapak.
The Delta Flobag cuts the pack size to each product’s dimensions. Photo: Ilapak.

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Sausages are an important part of the culinary culture in almost every country in Europe – Poland, Spain Italy and the UK all have strong sausage-making traditions and Germany alone is home to approximately 1,200 different ‘Wurst’ varieties.

In a market of such diversity, when it comes to packaging, equipment has to be flexible, to deal with different shapes, sizes and quantities.

Cured, cooked meat

Machines must also be extremely hygienic particularly when packing fresh sausages.     

Ilapak has responded to these market demands with its Delta Flobag HFFS a flexible machine for packing sausages and other fresh, cured and cooked meat and deli products at mid range speeds in the region of 60 ppm.

For sausage makers operating product lines to supply major supermarkets with large quantities of uniform products, a speedier system might be needed.

The Delta 3000 can be equipped with a feeding system that Ilapak has engineered specifically for fresh sausage lines. This system safeguards product quality by preventing friction as the sausages move through the line.

The challenge when running sausages is keeping them together without allowing them to rub against each other. Our engineers have designed a system that transports collations of 7-10 sausages in ‘pockets’ from the extruder directly to the film section of the flow wrapper,​” said Luca Somaini, Delta product manager, Ilapak.

This feeding technique, combined with ‘inverted’ flow wrapper system design, enables operating speeds of up to 130ppm​.

Ilapak recommends an inverted flow wrapper configuration when products require support through the machine and are difficult to push with the lug chain design found on conventional bottom seal flow wrappers​.

Film is fed from below the product, supporting the sausages as they are carried on the moving film from the former to the cutting head​.”

Delta Flobag

The Delta Flobag can switch between laminate film and Flobag vacuumed flow-pack, enabling factories to replace expensive pre-made bag solutions with lower cost film from a reel.


Available as a top or bottom reel machine, the Delta Flobag is suited to lines running a variety of products, as the machine automatically cuts the pack size to each product’s dimensions.

The speed capabilities of the Delta 3000 are fast enough for most meat and poultry lines, where upstream butchering and preparation is a limiting factor. However, for highly automated operations, the Delta 6000 has broken new ground in high speed MAP flow wrapping.

The horizontal flow wrapper incorporates a new single jaw, long-dwell sealing system for taking meat packing with MAP up to 200ppm.

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