Pilot size freeze dryer

Our smallest system, the TSS-023, or "Big Baby 2.0," is a great system for small production freeze drying, or as a test platform for new products.

23 tray capacity is just enough for prototyping, testing, or small batches. You can load up to 175lb of frozen product per batch, depending on loading density.

Let's be clear, this is no scaled up home appliance grade freeze dryer, this is a truly industrial grade freeze dryer that will run fast, dry 175lb of meat in 20 hours, and deliver that kind of performance day after day for years. Yes, this grade of equipment has a higher capital cost, but it makes up for it in just a few months with the level of productivity you get out of it.

Example: This machine can dry 75 lb of Skittles in under 2 hours, whereas Harvest Right or equivalent machines take up to 3.5 hours. You can run this machine 24 x 7 to dry 20,000 lbs/month and make a half million bucks per year on Skittles.

You don't pay for this machine, the machine pays for itself plus a great deal of profit.

We have ties with equipment finance companies who can approve you in hours, your payment is likely to be about $2800/month. Your profits could be upwards of $40,000 per month.

Current price of this turn key machine is $135,000

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Product Description


  • All 1" thick aerospace grade aluminum chamber
  • 23 full baking tray loading capacity, up to 8 lbs per tray
  • Leybold ND65 vacuum pump
  • Engineered to size low temperature chiller 18,000 BTU/hr at -40C (package system)
  • Ice carrying capacity of greater than 150 lbs
  • High vacuum rated valves (roughing, fore line, vent)
  • Quick connect heaters thermally bonded to each shelf
  • Changing a heater takes only minutes to do
  • Completely removable shelf rack with quick disconnect power
  • Completely cleanable and sterilizable with easy access to all surfaces
  • Operating pressure remains under 2 torr even under heavy load
  • Optional pressure control function allows pressure setpoints for extra control capability
  • Empty chamber maintains under 10 microns pressure

PLC Controller

  • Opto22 GROOV PLC controller
    • Opto22 open source programming
    • Compatible with all major PLC types
    • Full safety interlocks to maintain employee safety
    • user-programmable pressure control option
    • 96 user-programmable unique recipes
    • manual operation of all parameters with user input batch ID
    • password-level protection for operator access
    • native VPN client accessible
    • Able to be monitored and controlled by phone, tablet, PC even at home
    • web based GROOV view interface
    • node-red open source programming available for custom programming


  • Each shelf is heated with thermally bonded heater
  • Superior temperature uniformity across area of shelf
  • Heat input is engineered to match sublimation requirements
  • This machine has two temperature control zones for uniform heat top to bottom
  • Dual MEMS temperature sensors in each zone for redundancy, durability, and accuracy
  • Electrical control panels distribute all power to:
    • Chiller
    • Vacuum system
    • Heaters
    • Auxiliaries

TechSource Systems TSS-023 Details

Feature ManufacturerValue
Vacuum systemLeyboldND65
RefrigerationFluid Chiller Inc.15,000 BTU/hr @ -40℃
Condenser Surface Area36 sq ft2
Condenser Ice Capacity150 lbs
Temperature Control Zones2
Temperature Sensors2 per zone
Removable Shelves24 per
Heater Power3 phase/60Hz 230v/14a
Vacuum and Mechanical Power3 phase/60Hz 230v/6a
Chiller Power3 phase/60Hz 230v/18a
Chiller FluidDynaLene HFLO
ControlsOpto-22GROOV-EPIC PLC
WeightAppx 995 lbs
Footprint L x W x H59" x 30" x 66"
Chiller Footprint4 ft x 6 ft
Vacuum Pump FootprintInside Cabinet

Rely On Suntorr for Commercial Freeze Dryer Solutions

There are several reasons you would be looking for a small freeze dryer for sale.

  • You are just starting up a small freeze drying business and want to limit the capital you spend while you prove the concept and business model.
  • You already have or are already buying large commercial freeze dryers and need a small freeze dryer to do R&D with, so that you don’t risk large amounts of product while working on the process recipe.
  • Your business is new and growing and you only need to add a small amount of capacity rather than make a big leap to get a large commercial machine.

At Suntorr, we are dedicated to providing various freeze-drying solutions tailored to meet the diverse needs of our clients. With our advanced technology and unwavering commitment to innovation, we have a small freeze dryer for sale, but it is a small commercial grade freeze dryer, as opposed to the small home freeze dryers like ones made by Harvest Right, Blue Alpine, or Stay Fresh.

While the TSS-023 freeze dryer (our smallest unit) is much smaller than our larger commercial units, it has much higher capacity and performance than any dryer made by the companies above. It is exactly what you should consider if you are beyond proof of concept phase, moving into small production, or if you are looking to buy a large commercial freeze dryer, because the software controls on the unit are just what you would find in commercial systems.

It is also a rugged industrial freeze dryer, made with components that are made to run reliably every day for years. It boasts the performance of commercial machines too, so any process recipes you develop on a small unit like this are directly usable in the large machines.

Our products combine precision engineering with user-friendly interfaces, ensuring optimal performance and reliability in every freeze-drying process.

Here’s What We Offer

  • Prototyping Freeze Dryer: TSS-023 (Big Baby 2.0) Our prototyping freeze dryer, the TSS-023, affectionately dubbed “Big Baby 2.0," is the epitome of versatility and efficiency. Tailored for boutique or craft freeze-drying businesses like freeze dried candy, while also serving as a robust test platform for novel products to be dried in a large commercial machine. It redefines the standards of small-scale freeze-drying.

Key Features Of The Dryer

At Suntorr, we are committed to offering the following freeze-drying solutions for our customers. Here are some of the features you should know:

  • Compact Design Despite its diminutive stature, the TSS-023 boasts impressive capabilities. Its compact design makes it ideal for environments with limited space without compromising functionality. We are committed to offering some of the best freeze dryers in Utah.
  • 11 Shelf Capacity Equipped with 23 shelves that fit standard 18" x 26" baking trays, the TSS-023 offers the right balance between capacity and versatility. Whether you’re prototyping new products like freeze dried mushrooms, conducting feasibility studies for probiotics, or processing small batches like freeze dried candy, this system will way exceed your expectations.
  • Precision Performance Powered by state-of-the-art technology, the TSS-023 guarantees precise control over freeze-drying parameters. From temperature and pressure regulation to cycle optimization, every aspect of the process is meticulously managed to achieve superior outcomes.
  • User-Friendly Interface Designed with user convenience, the TSS-023 features an intuitive interface that simplifies operation and process recipe development/modification. With easy access to controls and real-time monitoring on any networked device like PC, cell phone, or tablet, operators can streamline their workflow and maximize productivity.

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At Suntorr, we are committed to excellence in freeze-drying technology. Contact us today to discover how our products or commercial freeze dryers in Utah are in diverse settings.