European premium pharma solutions provider HOF Sonderanlagenbau will emphasise its leadership in high quality tailored freeze-drying lyophilisation when it showcases its latest technological advances at the upcoming ACHEMA 2024 chemical engineering and process industries expo in Frankfurt-am-Main.

Under its new banner of ‘Premium Pharma Solutions’, HOF will exhibit from stand D24 in Hall 4.0 at the Frankfurt Messe showground as part of the Thermal Processes Zone.

SIRIUS 2.0 robotic loading

The centrepiece of the HOF display will be the latest iteration of its groundbreaking SIRIUS robot-assisted HOF SIRIUS loading and unloading system, which the company introduced at ACHEMA 2022.

The new-generation SIRIUS 2.0 now integrates camera and laser technology to allow vial package in the freeze dryer to be precisely identified. The new transport system that eliminates particle creating conveyer belts now adds bases to the format parts of the movers that prevent vials from moving on the fixed guide during transport in the XTS, further reducing friction.

Scalable solution

The SIRIUS transport system enables safe transportation of vials without glass-to-glass contact with format-specific nests to prevent vials from toppling. State-of-the-art six-axis robotic technology combined with the electromagnetic XTS-Hygienic System ensures maximum flexibility in aseptic handling. The system operates on a row-by-row principle, ensuring precise traceability.

The SIRIUS system is modular in design to make it adaptable to any layout and highly scalable.

Premium pharma solutions

Alexander Hof commented: “As a technology platform and international marketplace for current technological trends, ACHEMA drives development in all areas of the process industry forward. Nowhere else can you experience pioneering technology and global networking as comprehensively as here – up close and with all your senses.”

“SIRIUS attracted huge interest when we first showed it at ACHEMA 2022 and we believe this new generation system will have similar impact, further supporting our status as a technological leader for the industry that we communicate under our new banner of ‘Premium Pharma Solutions’,”  Dr Hof concluded.

HOF is offering a voucher code for free admission ACHEMA 2024 by completing the contact form on its website (see Resources).