Empanada & Tortilla Packaging Machine: Interleaving & More

Empanada & Tortilla Packaging Machines

Pacproinc® manufactures tortilla packaging machines for use in automated production lines. These machines include stainless steel interleavers (underleavers) and a full line of modular counters/auto stackers for tortillas, empanadas, pitas, burritos, and other portion-controlled bakery products. Interleaving (underleaving) with paper inserts protects your product, improves ease of handling, and improves package presentation by inhibiting bacterial growth and prolonging shelf life. In this way, the PPI-200 helps to safeguard and enhance your brand image in a competitive market space.

The Pacproinc® PPI-200 interleaver automatically places paper, film, or foil under raw, baked, or par-baked tortillas. Without interleaving, even cooked tortillas can stick together. As an empanada packaging and tortilla interleaving machine, the PPI-200 improves freeze release, ease of preparation, sanitary handling, shelf life, portion control, separation, and package presentation.

Interleaved (underleaved) products can be conveyed to one of our modular auto stackers for hands-free counting and auto stacking before introduction to other areas of your production line, such as a tortilla packaging machine or empanada wrapping machine. Gain additional line flexibility with our bypass option. This option is available to accommodate processing of non-interleaved or non-stacked product and allows these products to be introduced to a tortilla packaging machine without having to take the interleaver or stacker out of the line.

All of our solutions are available as a combination interleaver and stacker or as standalone components, designed to fit empanada tortilla packaging machine applications.

The PPI-200 product line is a sanitary, washdown-duty, stainless steel system. The streamlined design incorporates leading-edge Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and servo motor technology, ensuring low maintenance and a long machine life. With compact designs available, the PPI-200 requires a minimal amount of floor space and is engineered to exceed the American Meat Industry’s 10 Principles of Sanitary Design.

The PPI-200 product line features rugged, stainless steel construction and climate-controlled (dehumidified), fully gasketed enclosures. Our PLC-based design enables easy production setup and changes, as well as networking with other empanada packaging and tortilla packaging machines.

Single Lane Discos Film Interleaving and Auto Stacking

This video shows the Pacproinc® EV-9 Interleaver and Stacker being used as an empanada discos and tortilla interleaving machine, cutting high-density polyethylene from roll stock, inserting under an empanada shell (commonly referred to as discos), counting the shells, and stacking them to the desired count. The EV-9 Interleaver and Stacker is independent from upstream equipment and can interface to virtually any upstream dough sheeters or downstream tortilla packaging machines. This empanada and tortilla interleaving machine equipment works well with any product between 3″ x 3″ and 9″ x 9″ including a varied list of dough applications like pot-pie tops, pasta sheets, or cookie dough.

Our tortilla packaging machine designs and superior construction go beyond simply addressing the need for efficient operation—ease of sanitary maintenance is central to our solutions:

  • Stand-off mounted components prevent the trapping of any product scrap improving sanitation.
  • Ground and polished welds further eliminate bacteria harborage points, making cleaning to a microbiological level possible.
  • All control cabinets and enclosures have sheet metal breaks eliminating the possibility of standing water on flat surfaces.
  • We use sealed stainless steel bearings in all food-contact areas to prevent product contamination and offer optional, antibacterial belting.
  • All tortilla packaging machines are available with casters or leveling pads to meet your plant’s unique requirements.
  • Trays keep product scraps out of the paper path and paper tails off the floor to prevent material contamination.
  • Welded construction eliminates recessed bolt heads and other areas that could collect product cast-offs and harbor bacteria growth.

Pacproinc® equipment is built to accommodate your application, with standard operating widths ranging from 3-40”. These empanada packaging and tortilla packaging machine solutions can be configured for single lane, multiple lanes, or unique groupings.

Our patented jam detectors significantly reduce costly downtime, and the PPI-200 includes Allen Bradley controls and touch screens as standard equipment. All programming is done by our in-house automation engineers, and all Pacproinc® systems are supported by our 24/7 service team.

Stand-Alone Counter/Stackers

Don’t need interleaving? No problem. Pacproinc® offers a variety of modular counter/stackers to fit any application. Our custom designs easily interface with upstream production equipment and end-of-line empanada packaging or tortilla packaging machinery.

High-speed, sanitary, hands-free counting/auto stacking guarantees better, more accurate stacks for easier packaging and improved product presentation of tortillas, empanadas, pitas, burritos, and other bakery products.

Counting and auto stacking reduces labor and training expenses, as well as the incidence of repetitive motion injuries. The PPI-200 increases tortilla production line throughput while cutting operating costs and improving your product presentation and packaging.

Like all of our designs, our stand-alone counters/stackers feature rugged, stainless steel construction and climate-controlled, fully gasketed enclosures. Our PLC design enables easy tortilla production line setup and changes to parameters like stack count, delay, speed, and portion thickness. Our modular solutions are easily networked with other equipment to seamlessly interface with tortilla production line requirements like product changeover or stoppages.

Pacproinc® can configure your PPI-200 to accept product in single or multiple lanes within your tortilla production line. We can also singulate (combine multiple lanes into a single lane) finished stacks for delivery to the packaging machine, and all stackers can be fitted with our Remote Monitoring and Diagnostic System (RMDS).

Pizza Crust Paper

Interleave Count and Stack Pizza Crusts


Whether you are interleaving and stacking or just stacking, many of Pacproinc®’s auto stacking modules have the ability to load your counted and stacked product directly into the package. This provides you with automated empanada packaging and tortilla packaging machine capabilities. We have extensive and unique experience handling stacked food products, which allows us to introduce finished stacks directly into trays, cartons, or pockets.