Efficient design with modularisation
Our core technology is the freeze dryer and loading/unloading robot systems; however, our knowledge covers the entire process both upstream and downstream including pre-testing. Products from SiccaDania Freeze Drying are designed in accordance with the principle of modularization.
Why freeze dry?
- If sensitive to elevated temperature
- If the nutritional value must be retained completely – Function, texture and nutrients are maintained perfectly.
The levels of vitamins, antioxidants and minerals are intact as well as the colour and flavour. No oxygen is allowed to be present in the process – Freeze-drying often results in the highest-end product value!
- Re-hydration capabilities and texture is superior
- The entire process until dried keeps the product in a state of suspended animation until re-hydrated
- The factory setup is simple
- The process is robust
- The process can be used for multiple products
- The process is 100% scalable and prepared for incremental scale-up
- Equipment can be used for food, nutraceutical or pharmaceuticals
- No operators are required as the process can be automated by robots – the production environment can be controlled in small process cells environments
- The maintenance costs are low
At SiccaDania, we have one of the most experienced teams in the industry. Our team has acquired extensive technical know-how, from years of work experience in the sanitary equipment industry. The team have been working at well-known providers of freeze-drying technology. That guarantees that your project will meet your expectations both in quality and on-time delivery of the project. By putting technology and engineering excellence as the top priority, we are confident that the customers’ trust will be secured through on-time and on-budget delivery of equipment meeting the required quality specifications.
We guarantee you fast response time, reliable guidance, and easy access to any spare parts you may need down the line. We provide you with maintenance, repairs, and purchase of spare parts, allowing us to maintain a long-term relationship with our customers and continuously develop our solutions.
Getting your production up and running fast after unexpected stops is our promise.
Are you uncertain about what freeze dryer you should choose? SiccaDania provides pre-production capabilities from our Innovation Centre in Denmark. This offers you the unique opportunity to test your application on our freeze dryers beforehand.
Read more about our testing capabilities at our Innovation Centre.
What is the loading capacity of the freeze dryers?
The FD30 has an active freeze-drying area of 1 m². Depending on the bulk density of the product, you can load anywhere from 500g to 30kg of wet product into the FD30.
The FD500 has an active freeze-drying area of 27 m². Depending on the bulk density of the product, you can load anywhere from 50kg to 1.100kg of wet product into the FD500.
What is the sublimation rate of the freeze dryers?
The FD30 has a sublimation rate of a max of 1.6 litres per hour.
The FD500 has a sublimation rate of a max of 80 litres per hour.
What is the condenser capacity of the freeze dryers?
The condenser on the FD30 has a capacity of 30kg of ice.
The condenser on the FD500 has a capacity of +800kg of ice.
How many trays are in the freeze dryers?
The FD30 uses a total of 8 trays.
The FD500 uses a total of 48 trays.
What type of heat transfer is used in the freeze dryers?
The FD30 and FD500 can use both radiation and conduction for heat transfer. That all depends on the customers’ wishes.
Can the product be frozen inside the freeze dryers prior to starting the drying cycle?
The FD30 and FD500 can both be delivered with a silicone system circulating liquid silicone in the heating/cooling shelves. With this system, the temperature of the silicone can be lowered to -50°C and thereby quick-freezing the product inside the FD30 and FD500.
Is the freeze dryers scalable to production capacities?
The entire design process of the FD30 has been performed with special attention to up-scaling parameters such as flow, pressure, and temperature to enable an easy up-scaling from the FD30 pilot to the FD500 full-scale freeze dryer. This reduces the time to market and eliminates trial and error runs, saving on ingredients and reducing production line downtime.
The capacity of the FD500 is easily increased by adding more FD500 modules. The control system delivered with the first unit is already prepared for this and up to 20 pc. FD500 can be connected to the same control system. The entire process of filling the product trays, loading and unloading the freeze dryers, as well emptying the trays after drying, can be fully automated by adding robot modules when the capacity increases and using manual labour is no longer feasible.
What is the lead time for the standard freeze dryers?
The lead time for the standard FD30 is approximately 12 weeks.
The lead time for the standard FD500 is approximately 6-7 Months.
How long does it take to install the freeze dryers after it has been delivered?
The FD30 is delivered as a Plug & Play freeze dryer, meaning that it has been completely assembled and fully tested before it leaves our factory. This reduces the time drastically from when the unit is received until it can be in operation mode. All that is needed is to connect the utilities – pressurised air, cooling water for the refrigeration system, and power. Therefore, the installation time for the FD30 is approximately 1 day.
The FD500 is delivered as a Plug & Play freeze dryer, in a 20-foot container. This makes the shipping of the unit very cost-effective. The FD500 includes a refrigeration system, vacuum system, product trays, heating/cooling shelves, electrical hardware, control system and fully assembled and tested (FAT) before it leaves our factory. This reduces the time drastically from when the unit is received until it is installed and in operation mode. All that is needed is to connect the utilities – pressurized air, cooling water for the refrigeration system, and power. For the FD500, the time for installation is normally 1-2 weeks from arrival.
Can the freeze dryers be cleaned via CIP?
The FD30 and FD500 are both prepared for CIP and can be delivered with CIP spray balls and a CIP return pump. This feature is also included in the control system, so the CIP cleaning is as easy as pushing a button.