Clipping machine FCA 120 in industry hall

Clipping Machines

We develop state-of-the-art machines of the highest reliability and quality and of compact, robust design, and we offer you a consistent level of maintenance for an even longer machine life. Quality always pays.

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Make the right decision when choosing a clipping machine

For us, your machine availability is our top priority. Our modern machines are characterised by reduced wear and ease of maintenance, features which help to increase your productivity.

Their hygienic design in stainless steel, with smooth surfaces and ease of access, permits both simple and thorough cleaning. Maximum process and user safety as well as high operational comfort are always given priority.

Look at the advantages:

Guaranteed material quality

When buying your clipping machine, look for high-quality components. To ensure a long service life and to minimise corrosion and wear, as many metal parts as possible in a Poly-clip machine are made of high-quality stainless steel or titanium. The components in the area in contact with the product are food-safe so that your product is not contaminated. Where plastic is the ideal material, we only use high-quality, durable materials. Quality makes the difference – you can be sure with us.

Selected suppliers

Long-term supplier relationships with a very high proportion from Germany contribute to quality assurance and increase delivery reliability. They also ensure delivery times and the supply of spare parts. Our suppliers are continuously monitored by the purchasing and quality departments. Supplier audits and permanent monitoring lead to the best quality and stable processes.

In-house production of important components

Certain parts require years of development and expertise that a supplier may not be able to fulfil. Quality controls are safest in your own hands. Especially for wear parts, such as punches and dies or displacement plates, we rely on in-house production.

Individual part inspection for sensitive parts

Parts of the clip and separator area, such as punches and dies or separator plates, are subjected to a detailed, traceable inspection. So that nothing stands in the way of your fault-free production, even after wear part replacement.

Control of the assembly according to the four-eyes principle

Assembly steps of a machine are carried out by several employees who check on each other. The entire assembly of the machine is supported by documented test points. This ensures quality assurance at the highest level.

Documented final acceptance for every machine

Each machine is subjected to a documented functional test at the end of its completion, for fault-free, the fastest possible commissioning at your production site.

Supply of spare parts

With us, you get high-quality original spare parts, delivered reliably and quickly, even if your machine is already a few years older. Poly-clip System supplies you with spare parts, even many years after the model has been discontinued. You can rely on us!

Well-developed service network and hotline

And if you ever need support, we have an expert hotline and a worldwide service network on site to get your machine back into production as quickly as possible.

The choice is yours – don't just invest in a machine, invest in a Poly-clip system!

We will be happy to advise you personally on finding the right machine for your application. Or do you have any questions about other products and services? Do not hesitate to contact us.

Poly-clip System Doppelclipper FCA 160 Detail Verdraenger

Continuous clipping

The clipping machine was originally developed for the meat processing industry and the butchery trade. However, clipping machines have long been used in other food and non-food areas for the widest range of products. Packaging with the clip is efficient, secure and sustainable.

A wide variety of machines can be found in a meat processing factory, ranging from cutters or mincers and the like through curing injectors, tumblers and filling machines to clipping machines and even vacuum packaging machines for secondary packaging. A clipping machine (sausage-clipper) is generally coupled to a filling unit (filler/stuffer/pump), which supplies it with the bulk product for packaging. Many of these machines are also used in other food processing industries.

Find out about the wide range of applications.

Poly-clip System automatischer Doppelclipper FCA60

Everything has an end – only a sausage has two

That much is generally known. Far less familiar is the know-how involved in putting two ends on the sausage. The expert knows, of course, that sausage manufacture is not as simple as it appears at first glance. This is particularly true of the separation and closure of sausages. In meat processing, division/portioning by twisting off is only satisfactory for thin sausage types, such as frankfurters (hot dogs), for example. With larger calibres reliable sausage closure is provided with the use of clips.

Basically, clipping machines may be divided into single- and double-clippers. Both variants are available either as table top models (bench models) or as semi- and fully automatic machines coupled to a filler. With table top clippers, only the tying process is actually mechanised, but they are universally applicable. Genuine added value is offered by clipping machines coupled to fillers. With these machines an integrated casing brake ensures that the casing is firmly filled. The portion is then closed and the finished product is ejected and conveyed away.

Man at the supermarket, holds sausage


To ensure that your customers have excellent products of consistent quality in their hands, we have designed the perfect clipping machine for every need. Whether for a small butcher's shop or industrial processing – nowhere else will you find a comparable range.

Technical sophistication for the highest requirements

Double-clipping procedure

Besides the single-clipping procedure, in which only one clip is ever applied at a time, there is the double-clipping procedure.

With the clipping system of a double-clipper, two closures are performed simultaneously, that is to say, the end of the filled packaging unit and the beginning of the next, as yet unfilled packaging unit, are closed at the same time. In this case a knife cuts through the casing (tubular bag) between the two clips and the next unit is then filled.

The separator – the “core” of the clipping machine

In order for a clip to be applied, ideally an empty space must first be created in the casing or tubular bag where the clip is to be placed. This is where the “separator” comes in.

The simplest version of this is the “normal” separator. To produce as clean a casing tail as possible, many double-clippers employ the tried and tested voiding separator.
Two pairs of separator blades apply a V-shaped notch – as with a pair of scissors – to the filled casing and constrict it. The so-called “spreading” process then commences, as the left-hand pair of separators is moved away from the stationary right-hand pair. The spreading process produces a clean casing tail of predetermined length, free of filling, around which the two clip closures are created. The (sausage-shaped) finished portion can then be separated between the closures.

Clip closure requirements

Today, clipping is a natural and core component of all industrial sausage production.

And for small and medium-sized operations, too, the clipping machine has become part of the armoury of important production tools which considerably lightens the workload and saves time, as it replaces the labour-intensive tying procedure. But it is not as run-of-the-mill as it sounds. It is of course the form of a clip closure that is always demanded for a casing or tubular bag, but the requirements placed upon this closure are extremely varied.

Clip closure is subject to a range of conflicting requirements. It must, for example, close casings and tubular bags of differing thickness, sensitivity and hardness, and must do so gently, but also powerfully. Pre-tied casings with widely differing filling capacity must be closed just as securely as products which are divided into portions of precise weight. Production speeds up to 300 portions per minute are possible, depending on the filling weight, product viscosity and package calibre (diameter). In addition, there are a variety of product forms involved, such as portioned sausages (chubs), rounds, half rounds and bladders.

Additionally, the clip closure must withstand the high filling pressure, and it must be tight, but also flexible where necessary. Clip closure must be dimensionally stable even above 80 °C, since the product is sometimes subjected to further thermal treatment, as in the case of cheese which is smoked. It must be capable of closing both hot- and cold-filled products. Thus, clipping technology is more demanding than it might at first seem.

Clips for every purpose

A growing number of clip types and sizes are on offer for the various casing types and products. A basic distinction is made between pre-formed reel clips (R-Clip, R-ID Clip) and U-shaped single clips (S-Clip/U-Clip). Clips on reels (spools) are the indispensable standard in industrial manufacture.

S-clips are used for special applications, for example where high product weights or very large calibres are involved, for the processing of portioned products (with pre-tying), with natural casings for traditional products and with table-top machines. The wide range of requirements made by small and medium-sized firms are also exceptionally well catered for by the multi-faceted S-clips.

The Poly-clip System quality promise

Our machines, consumables and services meet the highest standards. This is promised not only by numerous certifications, but above all by our own claim: Excellence in Clipping. In this way, we guarantee you the reliability and dependability that you can expect for your production. We ship spare parts worldwide within the shortest possible time, quickly and without complications. If necessary, our technical service is on the spot via the fastest route.