Whether it is for food and beverage or pharmaceutical applications, GEA’s expertise in freeze drying plants is unrivalled. Building on decades of experience, we supply freeze drying plants that meet the individual industries’ specific regulations, standards and requirements.Freeze drying is the drying of an already frozen product in a vacuum below the triple point. The vacuum allows for a sublimation process facilitating the direct conversion of ice into vapor without any intermediate liquid stage. This results in an extremely gentle drying process preserving the product's shape, color, taste, and nutrients.
The range of Freeze Dryers for food and beverage applications are available as batch and continuous plants - RAY™ and CONRAD™ - and applied for numerous applications, including:
- Instant Coffee and Tea
- Freeze dried fruits/vegetables, meat/seafood and prepared meals
- Active ingredients like probiotics, enzymes and other functional ingredients for food and health products
The product range for the pharmaceutical industry includes Freeze Dryers/ Lyophilizers all specifically designed for cGMP production, and are supplied for production of bulk pharmaceutical products through to advanced and/or potent compounds.
CONRAD™ Freeze Dryer
The CONRAD™ freeze drying plant is designed for high-volume continuous processing of products such as coffee and tea, fruit and vegetables, meat and seafood as well as prepared meals. The CONRAD™ Freeze Dryer is the heart of most freeze-dried instant coffee factories where is renowned not only for delivering superior products but also for its robust operation.
LYOVAC™ Pharma Freeze Dryer
The LYOVAC™ Freeze Dryer is the ultimate cGMP-compliant pharmaceutical lyophilizer. Industrial scale production Freeze Dryers built to customer specifications - production sizes from 8m² to 55m² of shelf space and more than 1000kg condenser capacity to ensure high drying rates even on the largest machines.
LYOVAC™ Small-Scale Freeze Dryers
Extending its range of LYOVAC™ Freeze Dryers, GEA now offers both integrated and standalone equipment for the production of small-scale batches and formulation or process development.
RAY™ Freeze Dryer
The RAY™ batch freeze drying plant is designed for production of small-to-medium-volume products such as instant coffee and tea, freeze dried fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and prepared meals. It is also available in a fully sanitary design for freeze drying of bacteria, enzymes, and other bioactive products.
RAY™ Pilot Plant Freeze Dryer
GEA’s RAY™ Pilot Plant (RAY™ PP) is a batch-based freeze dryer designed to process general food products such as instant coffee, fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and pet food, as well as very sensitive products such as lactic acid bacteria, enzymes and lactoferrin.