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In the fast-paced world of food processing, efficiency is not just important, it’s paramount. From meat preparation to assembly, every step in the burger production process must be seamlessly orchestrated to meet consumer demand for quality, consistency, and speed. The shuttle conveyor is at the heart of this operation—a versatile and indispensable tool crucial in streamlining burger production lines.

The Burger Production Challenge

Burger production presents unique challenges for food processing facilities. With the demand for burgers steadily increasing worldwide, manufacturers are under pressure to produce large volumes while maintaining strict quality standards. Additionally, the diverse ingredients and size variations require flexible and efficient handling throughout production.

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A shuttle conveyor used with additional inline conveyors for burger processing

Introducing Shuttle Conveyors

Shuttle conveyors offer a dynamic solution to the complex requirements of burger production. These conveyors feature multiple independently controlled belts or platforms that can move horizontally, vertically, or both. This versatility allows shuttle conveyors to transport burger patties and ingredients efficiently along the production line, accommodating various processing stages with precision and speed.

Enhancing Assembly Efficiency

Assembling burgers requires a delicate balance of speed and accuracy to meet consumer expectations. Shuttle conveyors are pivotal in transporting pre-cooked burgers and by synchronising movements and minimising handling, shuttle conveyors reduce the risk of contamination and product damage, ensuring consistently high-quality burgers.

Ensuring Food Safety

Food safety is fundamental in the food processing industry, especially when handling raw meat and perishable ingredients. Shuttle conveyors are designed with sanitation and hygiene in mind, featuring easy-to-clean surfaces, removable components, and compliance with industry regulations. Shuttle conveyors contribute to burger production’s safety and integrity by minimising bacterial contamination and cross-contact.

Increasing Production Flexibility

The versatility of shuttle conveyors extends beyond their physical movement capabilities. These conveyors can be integrated seamlessly with other equipment and automation systems, allowing for greater production flexibility and scalability. Whether adapting to changes in recipe formulations or accommodating seasonal demand fluctuations, shuttle conveyors enable food processors to respond swiftly and efficiently to evolving market conditions.

Optimising Space Utilisation

Space constraints are a common challenge in food processing facilities, particularly those operating in urban areas or confined footprints. Shuttle conveyors offer a compact, space-efficient solution, allowing vertical integration and multi-level configuration. Shuttle conveyors enable manufacturers to increase production capacity by maximising floor space utilisation without expanding their physical footprint.

Embracing Innovation for the Future

As consumer preferences and industry trends evolve, food processors must remain agile and innovative to stay competitive. Shuttle conveyors are at the forefront of this innovation, with advancements in automation, robotics, and digital connectivity driving efficiency gains and process optimisation. From predictive maintenance to real-time data analytics, integrating smart technologies empowers food processors to achieve new levels of productivity and performance in burger production.

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A 3D drawing of the shuttle conveyor shown in the video above

Real-Life Application: Wrightfield’s Smart Shuttle Conveyor Solution

Wrightfield Ltd recently supplied a cutting-edge Smart Shuttle Conveyor system to a leading burger manufacturer. This solution is tailored to handle multiple sizes and leverages servo drive and PLC technology for precision and flexibility. The Smart Shuttle Conveyor, featured in the on-page video, is future-proofed and capable of accommodating additional product sizes through its recipe system in the PLC/HMI. The shuttle conveyor also integrates seamlessly with the manufacturer’s FM250 machine; together, they can optimise throughput and performance, ensuring maximum efficiency in their burger production.

It’s noteworthy that shuttle conveyors find utility beyond meat processing contexts, extending to various applications. A notable instance involved the installation of a 7-meter shuttle conveyor for a prominent dog food manufacturer. This upgrade replaced the previous conveyor with a technically advanced, faster, and more efficient solution. This replacement conveyor was easier to clean and maintain, with its extended throughput capacity being a key advantage.


In the dynamic landscape of burger production, shuttle conveyors emerge as a cornerstone technology, enabling food processors to meet the demands of modern consumers with efficiency and precision. From meat preparation to assembly, these versatile conveyors streamline operations, enhance food safety, and optimise production flexibility. As the food processing industry continues to evolve, shuttle conveyors will remain indispensable tools for driving innovation and shaping the future of burger production.

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