Retort Loading and Unloading

Universal Features:
Simplicity and Speed

Aagard Retort Loading and Unloading modules provide you with a customized solution to your product specifications and production environment. This allows the use of heavier, more durable divider sheets with no direct human handling. Increase your line capacity and efficiency by automating your retort operation.


Aagard retort handling systems are designed and built to specific project requirements. This ensures the most efficient product handling and line efficiency. Aagard systems are simple to operate, versatile, flexible, and feature a modular, low maintenance design. Integrate a sleever or a cartoner system to extend the benefits of automating your line.


  • Automated basket loading and unloading

  • Automatic delivery system delivers collection of product baskets to the retorts

  • Retort positioning zone verification

  • Integrate a Sleever or Cartoner system for a complete Combination System

  • Available for static or rotational retorts

  • Washdown construction with Nema 4X electrics available



Modular and Low Maintenance
  • Integrated controls (1 recipe for multiple unit operations)

  • CAT 3 safety with locking guard doors

  • Single button start/stop

  • Intuitive HMI with on screen diagnostics and troubleshooting

    • Electronic manual with photos and training information

  • Machine documentation includes 3D searchable PDF of machine model

    • OEM part numbers provided for purchase parts.

  • Open flap detection

  • Low material sensing

  • Aagard design principles

    • No humans get hurt

    • The machine cannot damage itself

    • 30 second recovery from 99% of machine stops

    • All motions are as smooth and slow as reasonably possible

    • Maintain control of product – don’t play catch and release

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