SOEBORG, DENMARK — GEA Niro has introduced Powdereye, an in-line powder analysis system for spray dryers, and Ray 2, a laboratory-sized freeze dryer designed for research and development work with food products.

In-line analysis in the Powdereye includes powder moisture content, powder bulk density, powder tapped bulk density, powder temperature and scorched particles. The data is displayed to the plant operators as trend curves and alarms.

Ray 2 has been shown to handle sample sizes of up to 25 kilograms (55 lbs), which allows for production in small volumes for product development and testing purposes. Ray 2 was developed for products like vegetables, fruit, fish and meat. Through special execution it may be used with delicate products like probiotics and instant coffee.