Pilot systems are suitable for scientific studies in thermal processing and practical industrial research. They are the ideal technology for the development and testing of new products by assessing new packaging materials and new types of food containers by analyzing their behavior during treatment in order to design optimal processing guidelines for future products. Additionally, pilot units are used to establish basic facts and decisive data for new recipes in order to obtain market conforming and high quality products. The versatility of STOCK’s pilot units teamed with our award winning ICON controls make these machines indispensable for scientific institutes, food technology schools, and developmental laboratories in the food and pharmaceutical industries.


STOCK multi-functional pilot retorts provide the flexibility to develop and optimize heat transfer and sensory profiles for multiple container geometries and recipe formulations utilizing various process and agitation modes. Available on-board linear deflection container sensor automatically generates the perfect auto-overpressure setpoint ramp and hold steps. Completely eliminate the guesswork of pressure profile development. Develop seamless process transitions for production sterilization equipment employing our ICON sterilization management system.

One of our pilot systems in Raleigh, NC
  • Recipe development or consumer pilot testing
  • Process Modes: Steam Air, Saturated Steam, Water Spray, and Water Immersion
  • Flexible control system for recipe creation
  • Continuous or discontinuous modes
  • Holders and Tubes available for: Flexible Pouches, Bowls, Trays, Glass, HDPE Bottles, and Metal Cans


101 Green Trace Court

Garner, NC 27529

(P) 919.661.1911

(F) 919.661.3778

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