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  • 12 Mar

    2018

    The Dairy Technology Award, presented by the trade magazines molkerei-industrie and International Dairy Magazine (both part of B&L MedienGesellschaft) and the Association of Ahlem Engineers, once again goes to GEA in 2018. This award honors the newly developed system for the preparation and addition of tempered process water for the food industry, which has already been successfully commissioned at a cheese dairy.

    The addition of tempered water plays a crucial role in many processes in the food industry, for example in the production of a wide variety of cheeses. Used as wash water, it has a significant influence on the quality of the cheese, as rinse water it is used in automated systems to significantly reduce phage risk. The new system, developed by Joachim Löw, Milk and Cheese Processing Technologist at GEA, convinced the jury with maximum product safety, a high degree of standardization with maximum flexibility and low operating costs. The system naturally incorporates complete production data logging, the monitoring of all relevant parameters as well as the connection to a dynamic recipe. 
    The Dairy Technology Award
    The award, which was presented for the first time in 2009, honors the successful implementation of technical innovations in the dairy and food industry. Eligible for the award are processes, plant parts, complete production units or relevant solutions that have clear advantages for the industry as a whole or that represent technological progress. The assessment of the applications and the selection of the winners are carried out by a jury of renowned experts. 
    GEA is once again among the award winners in 2018. GEA's 'Provident Flow Analysis' system, which can be used to react to disruptions and delays in complex, interconnected process chains at an early stage, as well as the hygienic GEA decanters of the ecoforce series were awarded in 2015. In 2012, GEA was awarded the trophy for the development of a dynamic recipe control, which provides recipe parameters beyond delivery limits to a wide variety of participants in the process chain - at the right time and in the correct sequence, as well as for the GEA prolong, a separation process for double sterilization which extends the shelf life of drinking milk.
    “GEA develops customized solutions for our customers in order to meet the increasing demands in terms of quality, safety, standardization, flexibility and cost reduction. We are very pleased to once again receive the Dairy Technology Award, because it reiterates the innovative strength of our development work” says Niels Erik Olsen, executive board member of the GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft and responsible for Business Area Solutions.
    The award ceremony will take place on March 21, 2018 as part of Anuga FoodTec in Cologne

  • 19 Feb

    2018

    GEA was awarded by Shenzen BTR New Energy Materials during their Annual Supplier Commendatory Meeting 2017 with the “Award for Excellent Supplier”. BTR is a global leading lithium battery anode and cathode material solution provider, and the largest lithium battery cathode material supplier in the world. The “Award for Excellent Supplier” acknowledges the top level performance and the best quality in addition to delivering innovative and pragmatic solutions far beyond customer expectation. GEA offers a very large technology portfolio covering the entire production chain for lithium.

    Working in partnership with the industry GEA developed evaporation, crystallization and drying technologies that are key to producing lithium from brine concentrates or from spodumene. GEA’s portfolio spans precipitation and membrane filtration systems for removing impurities, solid/liquid centrifugal separation, concentration and purification and fluid bed drying for lithium salt compounds. In addition, GEA has world-leading expertise in the spray drying of battery-grade powder for advanced lithium battery materials and offers service for its customers. 


    “The Award for Excellent Supplier” is another milestone in the successful collaboration between GEA and BTR” says said Qian Jialin, Vice President, Head of APAC Chemical China, GEA. "This prestigious award is a clear sign of trust. We look forward to supporting the BTR growth strategy now and in the future. BTR can rely on our ongoing commitment to maintain our excellent quality and performance standard. I see great potential in expanding our global supply chain and exploiting our innovation power to further intensify our partnership with BTR”, says Jialin.

  • 26 Jan

    2018

    The technology group GEA has specified its process solution for flavor manufacturing and developed a new machine design as well as control and cleaning elements for the production facilities from the handling of raw materials right through to final packaging. With this, GEA helps flavor manufacturers to ensure the taste, consistency and repeatability of their products.

    The goal is to create a flavor that mimics, as closely as possible, the real thing. But it’s not just the combination of raw materials that contributes to the taste result; the manufacturing process is equally crucial. Any variation in method can cause variations in a product that, for all companies, are unacceptable. GEA uses its 50 years of experience in the production of mixing, pumping, homogenization, drying and handling equipment to bring them together, to develop them and provide a consistent quality of the flavors.


    Technology know-how ensures consistency


    When producing flavors there is much opportunity for something to go wrong. An ingredient added too quickly into a mixing vessel, inconsistent temperature, insufficient mixing or incomplete homogenization can all have an effect further downstream that affects the outcome. Similarly, variations in oil droplet size, shearing or drying parameters can all have an effect that in some subtle way alters the product. All these parameters are critical to producing a consistent product. The process becomes more complex when 300 to 400 different flavors are produced on the same machinery. The control and automation should rule out deviations.

    The new GEA integrated line controls all the individual unit operations precisely and, by doing so, controls the output. But repeatability is not just a question of adjusting a computerized control system. Achieving a consistent product also requires very precise engineering to allow the component parts of the line to work together in harmony. For example, feed systems must be calibrated specifically to match the capabilities of the mixer and the size of the mixer must be scaled precisely with the size of the dryer to ensure compatibility. 


    Cleaning removes residues and odors


    In order to comply with the hygiene regulations, every production plant must be cleaned effectively. But, as every flavor manufacturer knows, that’s not the whole story. Flavors and aromas can linger in equipment even after they have been cleaned to the most scrupulous hygiene standards. Any residue of the previous flavor can easily taint the next product, destroying the all-important consistency. To prevent this, GEA has done much more than provide an efficient rotating-ball cleaning system.


    Getting the design right


    With the overall concept, GEA has eliminated sharp edges or dead zones in the machines, pipework and valve systems, which even the smallest quantity of product could become trapped. Special materials have been carefully chosen to provide smooth internal surfaces to which product cannot adhere. The size of cleaning fluid tanks has been calculated to ensure that they hold precisely the right volume of medium to clean the whole system efficiently in less than four hours. Even gasket materials have been chosen to ensure that they do not harbor traces of product. These elements combine to ensure the efficiency of the CIP (Cleaning In Place) system making it efficient and enabling fast product changeover, reduced downtime, minimal waste and low use of water and detergents.


    Sequenced production


    There is also another key factor in maintaining repeatability. When producing multiple products on the same line it is critical that products are processed in the correct sequence to help prevent any tainting from one to the next. Purer flavors such as melon or strawberry, that are instantly recognized by consumers and are often consumed on their own, take precedence. Stronger flavors such as orange, garlic, chilli, curry, etc., that are usually mixed with dishes, come later. The control system on the GEA line is capable of not only managing the recipe for each product, but sequencing the production for maximum efficiency ensuring that after each operation the line is cleaned sufficiently. Deep cleaning can be performed at the end of the sequence before the program begins again. This also helps to minimize the use of chemicals and water and reduces plant downtime.

  • 18 Dec

    2017

    At Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, the technology group GEA will present the future of food processing with innovative machines and integrated solutions from March 20 to 23, 2018. The leading competence partner will focus on "Innovations & Liquids" during the global trade fair in Hall 10.2 Stand A-090-C-119 and will be showcasing a host of new technology and services in the area of processing and packaging technology for the food industry.

     

    The numerous highlights include the GEA MaxiFormer – a rotating drum concept for meat forming, GEA CombiPlus – a new solution for the production of pasta filata cheese, the GEA S-Tech spiral freezer with new features as well as the GEA Hilge HYGIA H – a high-pressure pump for use in dairies. As GEA engineers continue to develop their high-tech offering, they are committed to providing sustainable solutions that enable careful and efficient use of natural resources while giving customers competitive advantage – whether with individual machines, complete production lines, or the many service products.


    A much improved structure and quality for formed meat


    Launched for the first time at IFFA 2016, Anuga FoodTec will be kicking off the sales release for the GEA MaxiFormer. This machine is a rotative drum forming concept that completes the GEA line solution for high capacity formed poultry, pork or meat replacement products. Its innovative low pressure meat filling principle results in a more consistent, higher quality formed product. In addition to this it provides more filling accuracy and less product waste by reduced leakage – the so-called smearing. Efficient use of a compressed air pulse for knock-out, without using water ensures cleaner and quieter forming and lowers operating costs.


    New technology features for spiral freezer


    GEA S-Tec spiral freezer and chiller represents the ultimate in hygiene standards with fully welded food zone structure assembly, open profiles, fully welded modular floor configuration option and high efficient Cleaning-In-Place options. Capable of handling capacities up to seven tons per hour, the GEA S-Tec spiral freezer is designed by expert engineers to exact specifications based on the product characteristics, capacities, facility space and line layout. High effective full height horizontal airflow and exact air temperature control ensure the best freezing and chilling performance and product quality. The machine can handle single-shift to 14-day operations without interruption to defrost, based on the evaporator configuration selected for customers’ needs – with GEA Sequential Defrost (SD) or Snow Removal System (SRS). Combined with GEA refrigeration systems, the freezers provide the most performant and economic solution for food application. CALLIFREEZE system, GEA revolutionary freezing process control is now measuring continuously the product level of frozenness at freezer outfeed and adjusts freezing time, air temperature and fan speed to achieve the exact freezing quality with minimum energy consumption.


    Combi Plus: Great efficiency and highest flexibility for pasta filata cheese producers


    GEA’s latest development in continuous stretching machines is the ideal solution for producers of pasta filata cheese that require the highest flexibility in the production process, and an excellent yield, while keeping maintenance costs at a modest level. With a capacity from 1,000 to more than 6,000 kg/h, Combi Plus is suitable for producing many different types of pasta filata cheese, such as pizza-cheese or scamorza, starting from milk, commercial curds or mixtures of both. Double feeding of the heating fluid – steam and/or water – allows the Combi Plus to work in the traditional way with water, but also with water and steam or steam only. The continuous stretching unit, with rotary paddles of various dimensions, provides high versatility and flexibility for the production processes, while increasing the yield, lowering operating costs and reducing energy and water consumption.

    Hygienic pump series extended


    In 2018, GEA's pump centre of excellence in Bodenheim will be sending the completely newly developed high-pressure pump for use in dairies to Anuga FoodTec in Cologne: The GEA Hilge HYGIA H is designed for system pressures up to 64 bar for filtration processes in the dairy industry, where it can handle liquids as well as homogeneous air or gas-containing media. It is available in two sizes, of which the larger variant – powered by a 45-kilowatt motor – delivers a volume flow of up to 200 cubic metres with a maximum delivery head of 70 metres. 

    The new high-pressure pump from the H-series is based on the GEA Hilge HYGIA hygienic pump series, which, due to its high surface quality and adaptability, is suitable for a large number of media and applications. Thanks to the new concept of modular motor connection, it can be equipped with a wide variety of motors, thereby meeting international standards and specifications. Like the HYGIA K and HYGIA Adapta series, the GEA Hilge HYGIA H is 3A-certified for the US market. This is also where GEA is planning a large-scale market launch for its GEA Hilge pump range in 2018.


    GEA service products live on stage


    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.

    Another highlighted service tool is the new GEA IO control generation, which was unified for its entire range of separators and decanters. The control was developed to focus specifically on users’ needs and to keep the control of the machine as simple and user-friendly as possible. Displays have been consistently streamlined, the symbols are self-explanatory, and the color code is based on international standards, either traffic signal colors for statuses or the standard colors used in plant design for identifying pipework. IO not only controls the process and displays the information; it also interprets the data so that users can see how efficiently the centrifuge is running in relation to energy consumption, performance or separation efficiency. 

    In the run-up to and during the fair, there is an extensive supporting program with numerous conferences on various current topics in the food processing industry. GEA engineers and managers participate in lectures during the conferences and are speakers at panel discussions. The experts present possible solutions to the various trend topics and provide suggestions for a sustainable and economic development in the manufacturing process.

    GEA at the Anuga FoodTec: Hall 10.2 Stand A-090-C-119

  • 27 Nov

    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.

     

  • 27 Nov

    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.

     

  • 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.

  • 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

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