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  • 11 Sep

    2017

    GEA PerformancePlus: New Service Concept Ensures Optimum Productivity

    GEA invites beverage industry representatives to visit Hall A3 Booth 313 at drinktec, the leading global trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich from September 11-15, 2017. GEA focuses on customer needs, including high quality products providing absolutely reliable and safe production, flexibility in the face of demand fluctuations, improvements to internal productivity with ever lower operating costs and a sustainable ecological balance.

     

  • 11 Sep

    2017

     

    Remote Eye Wear from GEA: real-time assistance, anywhere in the world

    EYE WEAR from GEA, showcased at this year’s interpack, is a groundbreaking service innovation that enables virtual experts to support machine operators and service technicians in the field in-real time. From remote machine assessments, inspections and implementations to SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) assistance, this cutting-edge technology can reduce response times, almost eliminate travel costs and foster improved supplier–partner relationships.

    Real-time trouble shooting for technicians

    With its built in camera and microphone, EYE WEAR offers a range of functions, including “chat”, “hear”, “speak” and even the ability to “send” and “edit” pictures. With images projected onto the EYE WEAR screen, repairs, process optimization or inspections can be done at the speed of the Internet.

    Information is streamed, live, via a Wi-Fi interface, enabling machine operators to send and receive information in real-time. Readable documents and procedures can be sent from the operator or requested from the engineer in the field. Using a bidirectional flow of information, the EYE WEAR can be used to assist customers with technical issues, inspect equipment and help with production start-ups.

    EYE WEAR provides an array of benefits

    From unexpected downtime to replacing damaged parts, and from identifying upgrade opportunities to equipment optimization: Amidst a strict regulatory environment and increasing competition, the pharmaceutical industry is constantly looking to optimize its processes, hit deadlines and get product to market as quickly as possible. GEA’s EYE WEAR can maximize production time, reduce operational costs, help to deliver quality products and, in the case of incidents or accidents, ensure the health and safety of staff.

    Standalone unit or part of SLA

    Available as a standalone unit and as part of the GEA Service Level Agreement (SLA) framework, the product’s scope of supply includes the EYE WEAR glasses, a battery charger, use of the registration QR code for a year, a microphone and headphones, an access point router and full documentation.

    A comprehensive range of spare parts and accessories is also available, as are an optional extra battery pack and holder, support service and access to a web-based app.

    Talk today about the future of real-time communication

    For motivated and better trained staff, reduced downtime, increased OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) and extended equipment lifecycles, GEA Service is available at interpack to talk about the future of real-time communication.

  • 04 Sep

    2017

    GEA FK40

    GEA, the technology group and market leader for commercial compressors for mobile transportation, will be once again showcasing its competence in the mobile air-conditioning segment to visitors at this year’s busworld. The world’s biggest and most renowned trade fair for city busses and coaches will be held in Kortrijk, Belgium from October 20 to 25, 2017. GEA will be featuring proven solutions such as the FKX40/755 K compressor at booth 415 in hall 4.

     

  • 14 Aug

    2017

     

    GEA SAFEXPERT

    Düsseldorf (Germany), August 8, 2017 – GEA invites beverage industry representatives to visit Hall A3 Booth 313 at drinktec, the leading global trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry in Munich from September 11-15, 2017. GEA focuses on customer needs, including the demand of high quality products due to an absolutely reliable and safe production, flexibility in the face of demand fluctuations, improvements to internal productivity with ever lower operating costs and a sustainable ecological balance. At this years’ drinktec, GEA Service will therefore emphasize the GEA SAFEXPERT™ antibiofilm program for the beverage and dairy industry, ensuring that biofilm is no longer an issue in securing superior product quality.

    Enhanced quality and productivity with GEA SAFEXPERT™

    Biofilm in the production line is a constant source of product contamination and product loss. By eliminating biofilm, product contamination will not occur and product loss will be reduced significantly, resulting in consistently high product quality. During the GEA SAFEXPERT™ program, the equipment will be screened systematically regarding biofilms and bacteriological species will be identified. Any biofilms will be removed to enhance the safety and quality of the products. Due to the consistent nominal production capacity, customers will have a high return on investment.

    Higher shelf life, less CIP

    Since biofilm impacts product stability, GEA SAFEXPERT™ will also extend the shelf life of the products. In addition, biofilm-free production requires less CIP, thus extending production time per line and per day. GEA SAFEXPERT™ investigates the production equipment for biofilm, biofilm-forming bacteria and also the type of contaminating bacteria that usually develops from biofilm, e.g. listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, bacillus cereus, pseudomonas aeruginosa.

    Contaminations identified in just a few hours

    GEA investigates each line suspected of containing biofilm, according to the assessment. By using a special UV lamp for fast detection and next-generation ATP G2 analysis for verification, contaminated lines are identified in just a few hours. Affected lines are flushed with a patented enzymatic solution that cuts the biofilm open, followed by removal of the contaminating bacteria with a peracetic acid used as sterilant. After the treatment the systems are being inspected for enzymatic residues.

    GEA SAFEXPERT™ Preventive Treatment Performance Contract

    A GEA SAFEXPERT™ Performance Contract for preventing biofilm growth ensures that customers no longer need to worry about biofilm contamination in the plant. GEA Service will take care to implement a periodic preventive program tailored to the plant and ensuring a consistently biofilm-free process. The antibiofilm program is reviewed accordingly and a status report will be generated and forwarded to the customer. GEA SAFEXPERT™ keeps the plant and equipment at optimum performance.

    GEA’s service staff at drinktec will inform customers about all further options of the service concept "GEA Service - For your continuous success" on the stand.

  • 14 Aug

    2017

    Düsseldorf (Germany), August 2, 2017 – It goes without saying that any efficient packaging system needs to include a labeler that can keep pace with even the highest demands. This is why GEA has undergone its labelling and printing segment a lot of further developments increasing labelling speed and accuracy.

    With the new generation of its TiroLabel labelling system GEA is the only supplier to use a motor-driven positioning unit with spring-loaded pins for its top and bottom labelers. This ensures that fluctuations in air pressure have no effect on label placement. The advantages are obvious: for one, the machines run more smoothly. For another, the labels are applied to the product with care and with process reliability. This has increased labelling speeds by up to 25 percent. The new set-up has significantly improved user friendliness and made the labelers easier to maintain.

    2017.08.02 GEA Bild TiroLabel

    More options provide effective process

    The labelers are operated via a new, separate 10” touch panel with integrated printer controller. Likewise, the printers of the labelers are now also available with an integrated touch panel. Another optional setting is “no product – no label”, which ensures that empty packs are not labelled, thus conserving resources while labelling. For operations without machine stops, a “no downtime” setting is provided with two independent top or bottom labelers, which automatically switch over during label changes to prevent downtimes caused by label changes. The “twin labeler” has been designed to carry out high-performance operations in the smallest space; two labelers that are coupled together for labelling at twice the speed.

    Labeler suitable for GEA thermoformer series

    GEA TiroLabel could be integrated in GEA thermoformers. The technology group offers two different packaging series for every need and performance category in the area of food, sterile medical goods and pharmaceutical products. GEA PowerPak is a highly configurable and capable packaging machine for production lines with a high throughput or frequently changing products. For small production quantities and infrequent product changes, GEA DeltaPak provides now an economical alternative as well. This packaging machine had its world premiere during interpack 2017 in Düsseldorf and simplifies taking the step from manual to automatic packaging systems. GEA DeltaPak is a compact machine for standard packs in small- to medium size batches, and it covers a wide spectrum of applications, including vacuum packages and MAP. It also runs flexible film as well as rigid film. Because flexibility is a key consideration for this type of machine, it is designed for fast and easy configuration, including die set change-over. Due to a defined basic structure, a defined range of functions and a selected equipment range, a GEA DeltaPak thermoformer adapted to the requirements of the customer can be provided quickly.

  • 25 Jul

    2017

    Düsseldorf (Germany), July 25, 2017 – Manual cleaning of mineral oil centrifuges’ disk stacks is a tedious and time consuming process, often taking more than eight hours. To streamline this task, GEA has launched GEA EffiClean, an innovative solution that cleans separator’s disk stacks in just 20 minutes inside the running machine. Moreover, the in place cleaning that EffiClean offers is both environmentally and user friendly.

    Disk cleaning absolutely necessary

    Mineral oil treatment is known as a dirty business. After operation and/or processing of feed products with high variation in quality, the disk stacks can become very dirty. Sticky layers of asphaltenes are built up on the inner surface of disks. The result is decreased disk gaps which limits the separation efficiency. This forces the operator to turn down the performance of the centrifuge in order to not risk damaging downstream equipment.

    During manual cleaning, eight or more hours of operation are lost. To speed up the manual procedure, operators are sometimes forced to use improper cleaning techniques. This leads to a high risk of irreversible damage on the separators integral parts. Further, since particles accumulate based on a surface’s friction coefficient, worn out and damaged disk surfaces become dirty much faster.

    Escaping from manual disk cleaning with GEA EffiClean

    The GEA EffiClean unit contains all components, tools and accessories

    GEA EffiClean allows operators to clean disks directly where the centrifuge is located, saving precious maintenance time and optimizing the reliability, availability and efficiency of the centrifuges. Mounted on an easy-to-use trolley, the equipment combines an environmentally friendly cleaning agent and a cleaning process that reflects over 100 years of experience in separation technology. Specially designed for mineral oil applications, the stainless steel unit with a footprint of only 0.5 x 0.8 m fits in narrow spaces and it’s tough enough to resist the demanding environment.

    The GEA EffiClean1090 cleaning agent, exclusively sold by GEA, combines optimal cleaning with an environmentally friendly formula and offers the best compatibility with the materials used in GEA centrifuges. Sold as a concentrate, the cleaning agent is diluted with 90% water at the time of use. Only a very small amount of chemical is needed per cleaning cycle, which enables very small and easy to handle packaging sizes. For optimized user safety, the cleaning agent is connected to the cleaning unit, which automatically adds the right amount of cleaning solution during the cleaning process. The operator does not get in physical contact with the cleaning agent.

    Separator disk before (left) and after (right) cleaning with GEA EffiClean

    With GEA EffiClean the labor required for disk cleaning is reduced by up to 95% compared to manual cleaning. Plus, customers benefit by bringing the reliability, availability and efficiency of their GEA separators to their maximum capacity.

    GEA EffiClean before and after

  • 20 Jun

    2017

     

    2017.06.20 ValveCalc 6.0 – GEA AWP relaunches its leading design software for refrigeration valves

    The long-established ValveCalc design program from GEA AWP helps with the selection and sizing of valves for refrigeration facilities. Great news from the German experts – the software is now enhanced to meet the latest standards, a move towards the very latest in technology design.

    By entering their operating conditions, users of the GEA AWP ValveCalc software follow a step-by-step guide to choose the right size of valve, or have the system calculate a whole network section with several different fittings and design the system themselves. The new Version 6.0, which the company is providing free of charge on request, takes into account the latest standards in industrial refrigeration including the latest standard for the calculation of safety valves EN 13136:2013. With this, the pressure loss calculations of the supply and discharge lines of the safety valves are now based on the actual discharge volume and no longer the required volume. The maximum allowable pressure of the safety valves is now automatically calculated and displayed. The extensive database of refrigerant data was expanded, particularly for the superheated refrigerant range

    The included product catalogue provides a detailed selection of various properties for the selected products. GEA AWP ValveCalc 6.0 also comes with detailed documentation on the designed products and network sections to pass on to third parties. The redesigned print-outs are now more visually appealing than before. GEA AWP also optimized its user interface, making it easy to use on Microsoft Windows 10 and display on common laptop screens. Contact Nehir Memet, Product and Sales Manager at GEA AWP, for more information or to request the free software / nehir.memet@gea.com.

  • 13 Mar

    2017

    New GEA structure set the course for cruising industry

    Cruise passenger numbers are booming all over the world. With the new structure, GEA has developed the key advantage in a rapidly growing and demanding market. By combining different expertise GEA is able to offer customers a broader product portfolio from a single source to make sure that crew and passengers feel comfortable.

    Regarding current market trends in the cruise industry like ship size and sustainability, GEA is able to meet the customers’ demands with environmentally-friendly equipment and tailor-made solutions. At the Marine Trade Fairs Seatrade Cruise Global, currently taking place in Fort Lauderdale, USA, (March 13-16, 2017, German Pavilion, booth 229-28), as well as the upcoming NorShipping in Oslo, Norway, (May 30 - June 2, 2017, hall E, booth 03-09) GEA will highlight the latest technologies and service solutions for the marine industry.

    Size matters – GEA does it all

    At the moment, some cruise lines are expanding the size of their cruise vessels. The largest cruise ship for example has capacity for 6,000 passengers, but this number will be shortly increased to new dimensions. A reverse development is that of smaller, more exclusive cruise vessels with capacity for just 200 passengers; a market tendency that signals a high level of luxury with rarer and more remote destinations. Two trends appealing to different segments, but both are relevant to GEA as the equipment on these ship types is part of GEA’s portfolio.

    When it comes to important aspects like sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint, GEA is able to meet these demands as all equipment is being optimized regularly in terms of low energy consumption and waste production. Michael Fibbe, Product Sales Manager for GEA’s Marine Equipment, underlines: “The key words are less energy consumption and less emissions, which GEA can tailor to any customers’ requirements. We even design specialized systems such as bilge purifiers that clean the bilge water – thus protecting the ocean by ensuring that no oil is dumped in the water.” New developments like the GEA CatFineMaster for maximum fuel quality, or the GEA BallastMaster marineX with a new inline driver design, as well as the future-proof 5ppm GEA BilgeMaster systems – all in line with IMO standards – set new standards in the Marine industry.

    Sustainable solutions for cooling by using CO2

    Marc Prinsen, Head of Application Center Marine at GEA, adds: ”We also challenge the high demand of sustainable solutions to phase out synthetic refrigerants and replace them with natural ones, like CO2. Using CO2 for cooling purposes clearly has two advantages: Due to an optimized configuration with CO2 we can lower the freezing temperature. This way the power consumption will become more efficient and at the same time you improve the carbon footprint. Furthermore we offer heat recovery solutions that benefit both energy consumption and the environment.”

    Full confidence in GEA’s marine equipment

    For many years, the cruise ship industry fully trusts GEA and its solutions as it has doubled its orders for GEA’s technology meeting their continuously rising needs. And according to Michael Fibbe, this positive development is an indication of a market that holds a lot of promise for GEA: “The leading cruise ship owners and builders emphasize their trust in GEA as we experience a vast increase to equip newly built ships with GEA technology. And thanks to the new GEA structure, one single point of contact can offer customers a much wider range of equipment today. So they can easily meet the requirements of the industry and their guests. But especially the one-face-to-the-customer philosophy makes GEA more effective than ever before when it comes to order execution.”

    As a leading supplier of high performance equipment for the marine industry, GEA’s solutions range from treating fuel oil, lube oil, sludge, bilge and ballast water, while air conditioning, refrigeration, and freezing technology ensure that passengers are comfortable and that the ship arrives in good condition.

    GEA Service – Optimized OPEX across the ship lifetime

    Excellent machines or equipment are one thing, the right service is another. With several options of the new service concept “GEA Service – For your continued success” GEA customers are optimally being supported throughout the entire life cycle of their installed systems and components. From project engineering, installation, and commissioning to maintaining and improving the performance of the customer’s equipment: GEA is the first choice, one-stop call for Total Productive Maintenance.

     

  • 03 Mar

    2017

    GEA presents high-performance compressors for natural refrigerants

    According to the motto „Think green, choose blue” GEA presents innovative refrigeration and cooling solutions at EuroShop in Duesseldorf, Germany from March 5 to 9, 2017 (exhibition center, hall 17, booth D77). The main focus is on GEA compressors, especially developed for the use with natural refrigerants.

    The new 6-cylinder compressor for hydrocarbons: GEA Bock HG56e HC

    New on the market is the GEA Bock HG56e HC series for the use of hydrocarbons – it combines state-of-the-art technology with GEA design standards, which have been proven for decades. This series replaces the previous 4-cylinder series HG5 and a part of the HG6 compressors. The new 6-cylinder compressors offer higher efficiency and a quieter operation compared to their predecessors.

    The new GEA Bock HG56e HC also offers the following advantages:

    New designed housing with optimized gas flowImproved valve plate systemDurable engine for demanding applications with hydrocarbons The latest generation of highly efficient electric motors Standard mounting positions

    Most extensive performance coverage in the industry

    With three sizes of the GEA HG56e series covering the range from 73.8 m³/h to 100.4 m³/h displacement (at 50 Hz), the GEA HC series can guarantee the most extensive performance coverage in the industry.

    The new compressor series for hydrocarbons combines high efficiency, running smoothness, compactness and a long life cycle. Due to optimized engine components and an adapted specific oil filling, all models offer highest performance, even under very demanding operating conditions of hydrocarbons. The GEA compressors of the hydrocarbon and CO2 range also meet the requirements of the F-gas regulation. This provides planning assurance to plant manufacturers, operators and investors.

    Powerful in subcritical and transcritical CO2 application

    In supermarkets, cold storages, on fishing vessels and other areas such as food processing, CO2 refrigeration systems have already proven their value. GEA offers a variety of compressors for commercial and industrial cooling or heat pump applications for use with CO2 as a refrigerant. On display at the GEA booth and already available on the market for many years is the 6-cylinder GEA Bock HG46 CO2 T compressor. This model is the largest semi-hermetic piston compressor for transcritical CO2 applications and has proven its reliability in several projects.

    In product development GEA compressors have been optimized for use with CO2. Relevant features include a reliable design to meet the challenges of any CO2 operation, a high level of stability due to low vibrations and pulsations, quiet operation and extremely low oil carry-over. In addition, the design engineers have implemented a good thermal separation in the compressor, to benefit higher efficiency as confirmed by the ASERCOM certification for a number of transcritical CO2 compressors. The compressors can be operated over a broad frequency range, which assures ideal response to meet partial-load requirements.

  • 09 Feb

    2017

    GEA secures first-of-a-kind pharma order from Hanmi Pharmaceutical

    GEA has been chosen by Hanmi Pharmaceutical, one of the largest drug manufacturers in Korea, to supply manufacturing equipment for a new plant that’s currently under construction in the city of Pyeongtaek-si in the Gyeonggi province of South Korea.

    GEA is providing two production lines for insulin, including centrifugal separators, fermenters, homogenizers, flow components and a significant number of aseptic valves. The multimillion euro order, received and booked as order intake in 2016, is scheduled for completion during 2017 and further reinforces the cooperative business relationship between the two companies.

    One-stop-shop approach

    The project represents a successful interdisciplinary collaboration within GEA itself, and with Yujin Hitec, GEA’s long-term distribution partner in the region. “Being able to offer the customer different types of equipment from a single source helped to seal the deal,” says Hoon Seo, Head of Sales at GEA in Korea.

    The order from Hanmi includes equipment for two identical fermentation and media preparation lines, fully equipped with GEA VESTA® valves, for the production of a fragment of human immunoglobulin type G. “As this order is the first of its kind for GEA’s liquid pharma and biopharma groups, incorporating a large number of VESTA® type valves, this marks an historical win,” says Dr Marcus Michel, Head of APC Pharma.

    “Among the customer’s requirements was a high level of technical expertise, which is one of GEA’s core competencies,” adds Hoon Seo: “The tight delivery schedule was challenging, but GEA’s technical know-how and advanced state-of-the-art equipment – particularly our centrifugal separators – is well established in the pharmaceutical industry. This, combined with our extensive experience, helped to create a strong bond with the customer.”

    Additional orders for an antibiotic plant in Pyeongtaek-si are expected for this year. “We are currently negotiating further equipment orders with Hanmi Pharmaceutical, which again include a large number of VESTA® valves,” says Hoon Seo. “We’re dealing with the largest order for aseptic pharma equipment in GEA’s history. It’s a breakthrough for the company in terms of supplying superior valve technology to the biopharmaceutical sector,” Dr Marcus Michel adds. “I’m convinced that this development will encourage more customers to transition away from diaphragm valves to the philosophy of VESTA®.”

    GEA secures first-of-a-kind pharma order from Hanmi Pharmaceutical

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