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    HOF Sonderanlagenbau showing power of innovation at PFDT Seville

    news-releasesHOF Sonderanlagenbau GmbH
    November 19th 2018

    Lohra, Germany: Innovative force in high quality tailored lyophilization solutions, HOF Sonderanlagenbau, will be a significant presence at the upcoming Pharmaceutical Freeze Drying Technology (PFDT) conference in Seville, Spain.

    HOF will be an exhibitor at the event, which is organized by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA).

    Under its banner of “Knowledge makes the Difference”, the HOF booth will display the range of its highly advanced technologies and custom-tailored solutions for freeze drying, loading and unloading and freeze-thaw processing.

    Smart vial transfer

    HOF Sonderanlagenbau Sales Manager Dirk Walbrecht and Business Development Manager Gerhard Schilder will represent the company in Seville, presenting recent developments.

    These include automatic machine protection, the process for vacuum-induced ice nucleation HOF SynchroFreeze, actual trends regarding the F-Gas regulation and the revolutionary HOF SmartVTS vial transfer system.

    SmartVTS combines robotic handling of vials with HOF’s wireless tempris© sensor system. The robot system uses stoppers equipped with tempris© antenna for process monitoring in a freely definable position. These stoppered vials can then also be loaded or unloaded in a fully automatic process.

    Latest lyophilization developments

    HOF Sonderanlagenbau, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has become an established presence at the PFDT conference.

    “HOF has been attending the PDA PFDT conference for many years, as this is an essential annual event for our sector,” commented Gerhard Schilder.

    “The Seville conference provides us with an excellent platform to update current and potential clients on our latest developments and products, as well as knowledge sharing on the latest developments shaping lyophilization processes and technology,” Mr. Schilder added.

    About HOF Sonderanlagenbau

    HOF Sonderanlagenbau GmbH is a world-class and highly innovative special equipment manufacturer of lyophilization 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 does not offer off-the-shelf products but has instead 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.

    For the past two years, HOF has been named among the Top 100 most innovative companies in Germany.

    About PDA PFDT 2018

    The 2018 PDA Pharmaceutical Freeze Drying Technology conference (PFDT) is part of the Europe Exchange Series staged by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA).

    The 2018 conference and co-located exhibition is being held in parallel with the 11th Workshop on Monoclonal Antibodies as a two-day event opening Nov 27 at the Meliá Sevilla expo center in Seville, Spain.

    The conference will focus on the complexities of freeze drying and provide updates on the latest technical and regulatory developments in lyophilization.

    The event is organized by the PDA with further information available at:


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    HOF Sonderanlagenbau showing power of innovation at PFDT Seville

    HOF smartVTS robotic vial transfer system

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