GEA has announced two new options for its trusted A-Tec spiral freezer for the North American market that provide significant hygiene and practical benefits to its food processing customers while maintaining all the essential and unique performance features of the range. By locating the fan electrical motor outside the freezer, GEA has made the A-Tec much easier to clean and maintain than its market rivals; the company has also added a low profile top drive option that reduces the overall height of the freezer for use in confined spaces. GEA's designers have succeeded in locating the fan and gearbox of the A-Tec outside the freezer taking them out of the food area, reducing the number of component surfaces within the unit and significantly improving hygiene. Their external location also provides free access to these key components making cleaning and maintenance much easier, especially as the inside of the freezer is running at -30�C. These new developments have been achieved without affecting any of the essential and unique features of the A-Tec machines. These include: highly effective horizontal airflow that minimizes the temperature rise from the top to the bottom of the spiral, thereby reducing dehydration of the product and improving yield; the unique, sloped, fully welded, fully insulated floor of the A-Tec that removes the need for under-floor heaters, eliminates the risk of accidental floor damage should heaters fail, and provides a very high level of hygiene.