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    HOF Sonderanlagenbau bringing SIRIUS 2.0 new generation robotic placement to ACHEMA 2024

    news-releasesHOF Sonderanlagenbau GmbH
    May 31st 2024

    Lohra, Germany: European premium pharma solutions provider HOF Sonderanlagenbau GmbH will emphasize its leadership in high quality tailored freeze-drying lyophilization 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

    Centerpiece of the HOF display will be the latest iteration of its groundbreaking SIRIUS robot-assisted HOF SIRIUS loading and unloading system 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 6-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 on completion of contact form on its website (see Resources).

    About HOF Sonderanlagenbau

    HOF Sonderanlagenbau GmbH is a world-class and highly innovative special equipment manufacturer of Freeze-Drying, Freeze-Thaw and loading/unloading systems for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

    Founded in 1988, this German family-owned company has become one of the world’s most respected names for high quality just in time freeze drying (lyophilization) solutions, with more than three decades of experience.

    Sonderanlagenbau is German for ‘special equipment manufacture’ and in this case, refers to HOF’s lab scale, pilot scale and production scale freeze drying solutions, loading and unloading systems, and freeze-thaw units for the pharmaceutical, biotech and life science industries.

    From its advanced manufacturing base at Lohra, north of Frankfurt, HOF designs and constructs specifically tailored freeze-drying and associated solutions for companies all over the world under its motto of “Just in time quality for demanding customers.”

    HOF Sonderanlagenbau is the leading manufacturer for customized Freeze-Drying solutions and has constructed a fully integrated total design and build environment in which every machine is unique, exactly specified in partnership with customer and manufactured to meet very specific requirements.  The partnership ethos extends into ownership, with our comprehensive service and maintenance offerings designed to ensure that no one needs to work on a HOF machine except its own experts.

    HOF is consistently named as one of the Top 100 most innovative companies in Germany.

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    About ACHEMA 2024

    ACHEMA is billed as the leading world forum for the Chemical Engineering and Process Industries.

    The ACHEMA expo is a driving force and groundbreaker for the international process industries and their suppliers, attracting some 170,000 visitors from more than 50 countries and more than 3,800 exhibiting companies and organizations presenting products and services for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech research and manufacturing as well as energy and environmental services.

    Now in its 40th year, ACHEMA 2024 is once again being held over five days, opening June 10 at the Messe Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany.

    The co-located exhibition again features the chemical and pharmaceutical logistics zones introduced in 2018, along with a Green Innovation Zone, Digital Hub and Start-up Area.

    The event is organized by Dechema with further information at


    Click on HOF at ACHEMA 2024 to see exhibitor page.
    Click on HOF premium pharma solutions for further information and contact form for free voucher offer.


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    HOF Sonderanlagenbau bringing SIRIUS 2.0 new generation robotic placement to ACHEMA 2024
    HOF Sonderanlagenbau bringing SIRIUS 2.0 new generation robotic placement to ACHEMA 2024

    On show at ACHEMA 2024: HOF SIRIUS 2.0 Robotic Loading/Unloading system, now with camera and laser inspection.

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