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Newsgrafik #35387
 26.09.2019

GEA steps out in refreshingly different style at BrauBeviale 2019  (Company news)

Refreshingly different: The GEA presentation at BrauBeviale from November 12–14, 2019 in Nuremberg (GEA booth in Hall 7/7-600) aims to surprise with a fresh take. This time, the specialist technology group is not only focusing on new products for the beverage industry but also on inviting customers to discuss their own specific expectations and challenges with GEA experts. After all, GEA believes 360-degree solutions should spring primarily from partnerships.

Photo: Although the GEA Craft Yeast Propagator is designed for smaller budgets and capacities, it offers the same gentle homogenization, optimum aeration and adaptable temperature control as its bigger brother. Image: GEA

Flexibility, performance, uptime and sustainability are critical to ensuring that customers can produce food safely and efficiently. To meet these goals, GEA develops, manufactures and supports plants and processes that can be digitally controlled, monitored and intelligently managed, that use resources sparingly, and are as reliable as they are durable. All of this is very much part of the “Refreshingly different” GEA approach, which fuses technology and creativity in order to respond to customer wishes with forward-looking, unconventional engineering solutions.

Solutions for craft brewers
Although development across the global craft beer market is uneven, it has matured as a whole in recent years. As Oliver Jakob, Product Manager for Craft and Specialty Breweries at GEA, explains, retailers and restaurants favor reliable brands that deliver consistently high quality. Which is why the craft brewers who reject experimental hara-kiri in favor of carefully considered business plans and strategies that make them “relevant to their target group” will go the distance. Regional marketing and even local identity can further this goal, he adds, noting that exporting is not always an appropriate target for creative brewers. “The aim should be to find a niche alongside the big, established names on the market. Drinkable beers need no further explanation,” Jakob says. “They are the kind that win over loyal fans who keep coming back for more.” For expert brewers, putting a special twist on a pilsner or lager is nothing short of an art form – one that GEA makes practicable with technologically and commercially adapted brewing solutions. The company’s special systems and components allow for modular expansion and flexibility, allow for improvisation and are synonymous with quality, reliability and the efficient use of resources.

Yeast management on a scale for craft breweries
The GEA Craft Yeast Propagator, which GEA announced at BrauBeviale 2018, will take the stage this year. With capacities ranging from five to 25 hectoliters, the propagator has dimensions compatible with GEA’s 25- to 125-hectoliter brew-size CRAFT-STAR® and COMPACT-STAR® brewhouses.

Yeast is the most important component in beer production, impacting taste, quality and filterability. “All the more reason for brewers to select the right strain, maintain and propagate healthy cells as well as utilize the surplus yeast,” GEA Product Manager Torben Bauch says. In recent years, the yeast expert notes, the growing number of varieties available on the market have led to increasingly extensive technical automation. “But this is precisely where craft brewers’ views diverge from those of larger breweries. That’s why we have downscaled our YEAST-STAR® – a high-capacity fully automated solution – to create a simplified version,” Bauch says. “Designed for smaller budgets and capacities, it offers all the same functionality as its bigger brother, providing gentle homogenization, optimum aeration and adaptable temperature control.”

London-based Fourpure Brewing Co. will be the first customer to benefit from the new propagator. The craft brewery was impressed with how the unit as a whole had been slimmed down and that certain high-tech functions have been tailored for manual operation and independent control.

Now craft beers can be alcohol-free, too
As the non-alcoholic beer trend is also spilling over into the craft beer market, it is also a focal topic at the GEA stand. These creative artisanal brews don’t need alcohol to expand their fan base. A case in point is the Ghost Ship Citrus Pale Ale 0.5% produced by Adnams in Southwold, UK, which sailed to gold-medal success at the 2019 World Beer Awards. Adnams began producing a low-alcohol version of its popular Ghost Ship Citrus Pale Ale 4.5% about a year ago using the GEA AromaPlus dealcoholization unit. The system relies on reverse osmosis, which filters out the alcohol at the end of the brewing process, leaving 100 percent of the flavor but just 0.5 percent alcohol.

GEA’s membrane filtration specialist Ralf Scheibner explains, “For all their efficiency in removing ethanol from beer, thermal processes can compromise taste – which is something we simply could not accept. At GEA, we firmly believe that reverse osmosis is the best method for producing great, honest-to-goodness beer with authentic flavors.” In this regard, he agrees with brew masters who view adding sugar, wort or any other ingredient to improve taste after technical dealcoholization as a no-go.

Clarifying instead of filtering: Separation solutions for craft brewers
“The separation solutions we are showcasing at BrauBeviale are primarily targeting craft brewers who want to raise their production to a professional level,” says Wolf Herberg, Head of Separation Sales at GEA. Designed to meet the craft brewers’ practical needs, the GEA Plug & Win 180 separates undesirable solids, such as yeast and trub, from beer. The high-performance, compact centrifuge can immediately be put into action and is very easy to operate. “Compared to other clarification processes, our solution reduces losses drastically, cuts storage time by a third and lessens overall brew times.”

Another product of this philosophy is the new GEA separator skid for brewpubs, developed especially for tavern and pub micro-breweries that produce on site. At BrauBeviale, GEA will premiere its most compact and cost-effective variant, which boasts the same efficiency advantages as larger GEA separators in a stripped-back unit. “Our brewpub version shows what GEA means by practical innovations,” Herberg says. “Basic automation, extended service intervals and a compact skid design – these are all game-changing features for brewers who have to pay close attention to their operating costs.” Thanks to the centrifuge, a beer’s clarity or turbidity can be precisely calibrated and reproduced. Mounted on an immediately installable skid, the brewpub separator needs only be plugged in and it can get straight to work.

Efficient filling with rapid changeover times
Customers in the craft beer segment are particularly interested in space-saving, flexible and sustainable solutions that pay dividends at medium speeds and capacities. So GEA’s booth showcases the highly flexible, monoblock GEA Visitron Filler ALL-IN-ONE, which can switch between filling bottles, cans and PET containers. It not only handles the most varied formats, beverages and lid types with ease, but also slashes the filling block’s format and product changeover times from a number of hours to 20 to 30 minutes. With these features, the filler responds to issues that are currently top of mind for beverage manufacturers, as Jakob Šalamun of GEA VIPOLL confirms: “Our product development is driven by customers’ desire for efficiency, not only in terms of CAPEX and OPEX, but also in procurement, production and distribution channels. It’s all about using resources sparingly in view of the growing focus on sustainability.”

Solutions for medium-sized and large breweries
Medium- to large-capacity breweries’ needs revolve around achieving high-quality results while keeping production safe and absolutely reliable, plus the flexibility to respond to fluctuations in demand and improve productivity, all while cutting operating costs and achieving an acceptable ecological footprint. Technology leader GEA develops everything from components to entire process lines and supports collaborative projects throughout the entire life cycle. GEA spotlights two forward-looking solutions dedicated to this customer segment:

Environmentally friendly ceramic filtration attractive for brewers
In cooperation with a mid-sized brewery in Europe, GEA has been installing its GEA clearamic Beer Filtration system as an alternative to conventional kieselguhr and cross-flow filtration with polymer membranes. Using inert and long-lasting ceramic membranes, the alternative solution employs the cross-flow process. Although ceramic filtration with GEA Membraflow elements is already standard in yeast beer recovery and fruit juice filtration, GEA is for the first time transferring the technology to beer filtration on industrial scale. This plant integrates a filtration block with membrane modules, a retentate buffer tank, media connection and a dedicated CIP rail, which sanitizes the clearamic system independently of other cleaning programs. Depending on the type of beer and other requirements, a filtration loop of this kind can produce 100 to 150 hectoliters of filtered beer per hour.

The ceramic membranes do not transfer any substances to the filtrate. Thanks to their extreme resilience, such membranes can be sanitized to the highest hygienic standards using caustic solutions at high temperatures and without the need for expensive enzymatic cleaners. GEA estimates the stable membranes’ service life at ten years or more. “According to our OPEX calculations, the low operating costs quickly pay for the system,” Product Manager Sonja von Lieres says. “The break-even point can be as little as some five years compared to kieselguhr filtration, and as fast as three years or so compared to polymer membranes.” Here, product safety and sustainability clearly pay dividends.

Dynamic dry hopping increases raw material yields by up to 50 percent
Dry hopping is a cold process in which extra hops provide oils that round out a beer’s flavor profile with additional hop notes. In traditional static dry hopping, hop cones or pellets are placed in the storage tank. But this fails to produce maximum extraction efficiency and results in high beer losses. Depending on the specific hop dosage used, the industry reports losses as ranging from 10 to 20 percent. “As proven in trials and our industrial applications, the HOPSTAR® Dry’s dynamic process significantly improves extraction efficiency by as much as 30 to 50 percent, compared to the static process,” says GEA’s hops expert Isabel Osterroth, summing up the plant’s advantages.

In contrast to static dry hopping, this process employs a low-shear agitator in conjunction with a pump to keep the pellet hops suspended and in motion. The solids are separated via sedimentation and remain in the extraction vessel. An additional fine filter catches smaller particles. Since extraction and sedimentation can be repeated in varying cycles, brewers have excellent control over contact time and the extracted hop oil fractions. Thanks to increased extraction efficiency, brewers save on hopping costs and beer losses are reduced to less than 3 percent. At this year’s BrauBeviale 2019, GEA will exhibit the tenth HOPSTAR Dry® plant. After projects in Europe, North and South America, GEA commissioned the first cold hopping plant at a German brewery this summer.

Integrated process solutions for beverage manufacturers
Sustainable energy solutions: Upgrade beverage plants for optimal energy efficiency with process and utilities know-how
Desiring to uphold their own standards, and faced with the need to manage commercial constraints and respond to growing pressure from legislators, consumers and investors, food producers are prioritizing resource and energy efficiency, which simultaneously spurs innovation. For businesses in an energy-intensive industry, green manufacturing means assuming responsibility for the environment and the community, and energy efficiency plays a key role in achieving sustainability in process industries.

This is confirmed by the GEA SEnS (Sustainable Energy Solutions) team, which advises customers on such matters. By combining its process savvy with its knowledge of heating and cooling requirements as early as the planning phase, GEA helps improve energy footprints easily by 30 percent and reduce CO2 emissions up to 90 percent. “In many processes, heating and cooling alone account for 60 percent of the total of energy consumption,” says Klaus Bonfig, Head of Utilities for GEA’s brewery business. “While new cooling systems are a shortcut to savings of between 2 and 4 percent, taking a 360-degree approach to facilities on both cooling and heating can reduce customers’ OPEX by up to 30 percent. This gives us a lot of territory to work with.”

Recently, a GEA beverage customer reported that it saves 7,000 megawatt hours of electricity and 200 tonnes of CO2 per year – equivalent to an OPEX reduction by EUR 150,000 per year. GEA convinced by the single-source supply of an ammonia refrigeration plant combined with an ammonia heat pump for the pasteurizer and a new CIP system. “Naturally, lower energy consumption translates into a proportional decrease in the customer’s carbon footprint,” Bonfig says. “By also switching over to green power, CO2 emissions can potentially be curtailed by as much as 90 percent.” GEA employs this approach at both greenfield and brownfield sites. The company will be showcasing its ideas at BrauBeviale for the first time.

Complete process integration for plant-based beverages
Although BrauBeviale focuses on brewing, GEA will also be addressing other beverage industry topics at the trade show. These include GEA’s 360-degree solutions for the production of plant-based beverages. Bean- and cereal-based convenience products such as drinks have gained popularity all over the globe, riding high on health- and environment-conscious dietary trends. “GEA makes the vegetarian segment into one of its focal areas for development. Not only is demand high around the world but GEA’s extensive project experience and technology portfolio allow us to support customers every step of the way, through to service in ongoing operations,” says Colm O’Gorman, GEA Business Manager Plant-Based Beverages.

GEA’s separation experts have been active in this market for decades, during which time they have refined their decanter into a lean, mean machine. A GEA model will be on hand at the trade show to demonstrate the two-step decanting process, which results in 10 percent higher yields. That means more protein from soy, and more starch from rice, almonds and oats. In line with the highest hygienic standards, GEA decanters feature a very high flexibility of the operating parameters such as the differential speed, wear-resistant parts, extended lifespans and convenient service intervals. The patented hydrohermetic system seals off the process chamber from the environment and prevents oxidation. Running the centrifuge on different products is easy, no change in set up is required.

GEA’s processing technologies and capabilities to design integration process lines from raw material handling, separation via decanter, enzyme inactivation, aroma control, blending and homogenization to aseptic filling and packaging means that customers can rely on GEA to provide the full solution from raw material to final packaged product. Being able to combine technologies with engineering expertise, project management and commissioning know-how as well as ongoing support long after the process has been put into operation is a new and unparalleled addition to the market. O’Gorman adds: “We are spotlighting our strength as a process integrator that also offers all the core elements necessary for extraction technology.”

Refreshingly digital: From big data to smart data with GEA service solutions
From greenfield projects through corrective and predictive maintenance to machine and plant performance optimization, GEA’s digital services give customers new ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. These solutions include real-time support with GEA Remote Eye Wear as well as condition monitoring solutions such as PerformancePlus, which uses selective data analysis to propose measures and allow them to be initiated quickly. This enables not only increased production reliability and the economical use of energy and resources but also maximum GEA system uptime.

The latest addition to the lineup of GEA digital services is a cloud-based platform. Created as part of a collaboration with start-up MachIQ, the portal offers customers cutting-edge services such as remote maintenance, data analysis and comprehensive e-commerce solutions. The portfolio will be rounded out with additional offerings including condition monitoring, PLC connections and video support by the end of 2020. But the GEA solution stands out from other comparable industry portals: The new digital cooperation channel is supplier-independent by design, so customers are free to integrate all their supplier interactions into the platform.

Additional process components
Trade show visitors interested in product safety and hygiene components for their production lines will find hygienic, aseptic pump and valve series such as the new orbital cleaner for brewery tanks at the GEA booth. In addition, GEA will be debuting the GEA vaculiq spiral filter. This technology efficiently juices all kinds of fruit under a vacuum while requiring only minimal space. In this way, it protects valuable plant nutrients and vitamins, so the fresh flavor and healthy ingredients are preserved from atmospheric oxygen. Vaculiq plants are available to juice producers as well as manufacturers of special products such as baby food, smoothies, purees and even mustard in capacities ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 kilograms per hour.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #34976
 20.05.2019

GEA's new aseptic double-seat valve increases shelf life of beverages and dairy products  (Company news)

GEA is launching its new D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve by end of April 2019. This special double-seat valve is designed with a sterile leakage chamber which is hermetically sealed from the atmosphere by two side valves.

Photo: GEA recommends the D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve for UltraClean applications where processed foods must be completely protected from the environment by a condensate barrier. Image: GEA

As with the entire aseptic D-tec® range, the outstanding sealing properties of the new valve stem diaphragm raise hygiene standards to an UltraClean level, thus increasing the shelf life of soft drinks, fruit juices, as well as milk-based and lactic acid-fermented products. If manufacturers adapt their process chain accordingly, the D-tec® can help them achieve a desired shelf life with fewer preservatives.

Equipping process plants from A to Z with D-tec®
With its D-tec® D/DV double-chamber valve, GEA successfully completes its UltraClean valve range, allowing customers to now fully integrate D-tec® equipment into their production processes. “Equipping the interfaces in process plants with as few valve types as possible is often a decisive criterion to our customers. Spare parts handling and warehousing become increasingly complex when different valve types must work together,” explains Pascal Bär, Product Manager for GEA Aseptic Valve Technology. After launching the single-seat D-tec® P/DV control valve in 2018, GEA is now introducing the D/DV double-chamber valve as the final piece of the puzzle in its D-tec® range. GEA can now consistently plan greenfield projects leveraging D-tec®; a retrofit for the single-seat valve is available for existing systems.

Implementing a hygiene-driven philosophy
With the D-tec® double chamber valve, GEA now offers aseptic valves for both hygiene classes "Aseptic" and "UltraClean", which are tailored to the special conditions of the respective applications. According to its hygiene philosophy, GEA recommends this distinction: “Aseptomag®, our metal bellows technology, is the benchmark in hygienic processing, which we use for highly sensitive products such as baby food and UHT milk as they demand an uncompromising aseptic execution of processes and components,” states Bär. “However, a wide range of beverages produced by our customers are not promoted under aseptic conditions. In fact, they fall into the second highest hygiene level according to the VDMA guideline, which is hygiene class IV ‘UltraClean’. That is why our new D-tec® D/DV is meeting the process requirements of this hygiene class.” D-tec® is suitable for iced tea, fruit juice, fruit yogurt and ESL milk and products that require an increased shelf life depending on the pH value, cold chain and storage conditions.

Ensuring operational safety
When it comes to UltraClean applications, GEA systematically opts for the hermetically sealed D-tec® stem diaphragm because it provides improved contamination protection against the atmosphere and ensures microbial stability of products throughout their manufacture. The membranes are made of thermoplastics that are more flexible than stainless steel. For example, this makes them well-suited to compensate for pressure surges, says Bär. They are, to a certain extent, more forgiving to process errors. In the event of a diaphragm rupture, the leakage detection system ensures a high degree of operational safety. The product manager adds: “Our product development is directed towards ensuring equipment availability and profitability for beverage and food producers. The new double-chamber valve fulfills this: It can be used very flexibly and combines a high level of hygiene with manageable operating costs.” In addition, the maintenance-friendly design minimizes system downtimes.

Adapting demanding process conditions
Like the entire D-tec® range, the D/DV double-chamber valve is based on the tried and tested VARIVENT® assembly unit, which is characterized by its adaptability. This enables the valve to be configured according to the required process conditions. The double-seat valve is characterized by the two membranes, which hermetically seal the product interior from the atmosphere. It is available in valve sizes ranging from DN 40 up to DN 80 and OD 1.5" up to OD 3". The valve sizes DN 100 and OD 4” will be introduced within the next weeks. The valve seat can be executed as both soft and hard sealing – the latter with the popular TEFASEP® gold seal, which GEA recently introduced. In addition, D-tec® double-chamber valves can be equipped with one, two or three T.VIS® control tops of various designs. The GEA D-tec® D/DV considers all common industrial standards.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #34123
 05.09.2018

GEA receives accolade for the aseptic blow-fill-cap technology, ABF 1.2, with FDA certification  (Company news)

Picture: With the ABF-Technology, LA and HA aseptic beverages with different shelf lives can be filled on the same system

In July 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) awarded GEA a letter of no objection (LONO) for its ABF 1.2 technology, an integrated blowing, filling and capping solution featuring a fully aseptic rotary blowing machine. It is the only system equipped with a 100% aseptic blower that is allowed to produce shelf-stable low acid (LA) beverages free from preservatives for distribution at ambient temperature in the U.S. market.

FDA validated product safety with installed ABF 1.2
The FDA testing is considered one of the most comprehensive validation protocols available in the aseptic beverage market. Their stringent requirements ensure enhanced product safety, and their approval is highly valued even outside the U.S. The FDA clearance confirms that GEA’s ABF 1.2 technology ensures maximum sterilization efficiency and reliability during every step of sensitive beverage bottling. GEA successfully passed the validation tests which were performed on an ABF 1.2 system installed in the U.S. – and which is now already producing and delivering shelf-stable liquid dairy products to the North-American market.

“The FDA certification is an accolade for the ABF 1.2 technology – the world’s first fully aseptic blow-fill-cap system,” says Alessandro Bellò, Head of Blowing, Filling and Packaging applications at GEA. “For us technology developers, food safety is our highest priority. That is why we have developed the GEA ABF 1.2, which erases the risk of recontamination of any drinks during filling through fully automated operations. With ABF, we achieve a full decontamination process control that is unique in the market.”

Complete control of sterilization performance
The GEA solution is based on an integrated blowing, filling and capping process that runs within a 100% aseptic environment. Thanks to the microbiological isolator, GEA ABF 1.2 aseptically blows preforms that have been previously treated with hydrogen peroxide vapor (VHP). The result is a single zone sterilization process that requires no water and significantly fewer chemicals.

“How do we manage to maintain complete sterility during operations?” says GEA Product Manager Massimo Nascimbeni. “We achieve this by placing the aseptic blowing wheel in the same sterile zone where the filling and capping processes are performed. The newly blown sterile bottles are transferred to the filling and capping carousels without leaving the sterile zone. That’s why we don’t need any unnecessary H2O2 carry-over in the following modules.” Beverage producers can completely monitor and control the preform sterilization process with the unique GEA Smart Sensor™, which checks the spraying performance of each sterilization nozzle just before the preforms are treated. The environmental sterilization process is completely automated requiring no manual intervention from the operator, therefore greatly decreasing any risk of system recontamination.

Future-proofing customers via aseptic technology
GEA is the only supplier in the world today that is able to provide both PAA- and H2O2-based sterilization technologies that are FDA approved. GEA’s latest FDA approval was made easier in part due to its extensive experience in filing FDA projects – its first FDA certification having been awarded more than ten years ago for its PAA-based bottle sterilization platform, and given the number of installation references GEA has in the U.S. without a single bottle claim.

Bellò concludes: “Without a doubt, aseptic technology is the safest and most efficient production system for bottling sensitive beverages without preservatives, which never shies away from comparing costs and benefits. The higher the production volumes, the higher the desired production quality and the higher the need for flexibility in bottle design, the clearer the advantages of aseptic systems become when compared to other solutions. With our ABF 1.2 FDA certification we can finally service customers with VHP based sterilization platforms in the U.S.”
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #33456
 16.01.2018

Processing, filling, sealing: GEA supplements its portfolio with bottle and can filling  (Company news)

GEA strengthens its market position as a total solutions provider in the beverage processing industry with finalizing the acquisition of the Slovenian machine manufacturer VIPOLL d.o.o. in January 2018. VIPOLL develops and produces filling technologies for soft drinks, beer and fresh dairy products. GEA can now also fill beverages that do not require sterile processing into glass bottles, can and plastic containers. The company is already the innovation leader in blowing and filling processes in the aseptic as well as all sensitive beverage segment, especially for PET and HDPE bottles.

VIPOLL supplies mainly filling machines and components for beverage processing lines, including pasteurizers, mixers, carbonating and capping systems, as well as conveyor, bottle cleaning and CIP technologies. In addition, the engineers are planning and building complete lines for beverage processing, which VIPOLL mostly distributes to breweries, wineries and soft drink specialists in the DACH region (Germany, Austria & Switzerland) and in Slovenia. The VIPOLL strategy as a flexible machine and process integrator gives customers the opportunity to optimally custom-assemble their filling systems according to technical and commercial market requirements.

Continuous beer and soft drinks production
Paddy Kenna, Head of Application Center Beverage at GEA: “We are pleased to include VIPOLL in our corporate family. The company specializes in glass and can filling systems with low and mid processing speeds, fitting precisely the requirements of our customers. Breweries in particular, with their high demand for glass bottles, can benefit from the fact that we now support them throughout their entire production process from brewing to bottling and storage. That is an ideal fit to our Brewery 4.0 concept.” In terms of global climate protection goals, glass and cans will become even more important in the future. Refillable bottles are an essential cornerstone for a reutilization strategy and cans are a part of the recycling loops. Both could help mitigate CO2 emissions, says Kenna. Therefore, it is consistent for GEA to invest in the filling expertise.

Filling is key technology
For GEA, filling is one of the key technologies in the beverage industry, which increasingly demands more flexibility and efficiency in the highly competitive market. “Customers are increasingly converting from conventional batch production to continuous production, which we need to consider as a process planner,” says Kenna. “As a technology leader, GEA aspires to shape market developments rather than just react to them. Together with VIPOLL, we can now offer our customers the added value of highly flexible, multifunctional beverage lines that can rapidly switch between bottle, can and PET filling.” At the drinktec 2017, VIPOLL presented the new All-in-One monoblock filler (glass/PET/can), which can be adapted to various container types in a very short time thanks to the flexible filling and capping head. The patent procedure is currently ongoing.

GEA puts VIPOLL on growth course
Stanko Zver, Managing Director of VIPOLL also expects the acquisition to boost business momentum. “We fit perfectly into GEA’s product range and complement the filling expertise for key customer groups. In addition, we share our consistent customer focus and ambition to develop technologically leading solutions for the beverage industry. With GEA’s large sales and service network, we can also penetrate regions where we have had little or no activity so far.”

VIPOLL, established in 1991 employs more than 100 employees today in Križevci pri Ljutomeru, near the university town of Maribor in the north-east of Slovenia. In 2016, the formerly family owned company generated sales of approximately EUR 20 million. To meet future demands, GEA will expand on-site production facility during 2018.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #33130
 25.09.2017

GEA impresses at drinktec 2017  (Company news)

GEA presented an array of product innovations to numerous industry experts at drinktec 2017, the “World's Leading Trade Fair for Beverage and Liquid Food Technology”. Held every four years in Munich, the 2017 fair broke all records in attracting a total of 76,000 visitors from more than 170 countries and cementing its reputation as the world’s most important platform for innovations in the sector.

This year, GEA’s innovations and product enhancements were presented under the slogan “Inspiring Beverage Solutions”. An increasingly international public at the booth witnessed how both project-specific one-off and standardized GEA solutions can help customers remain viable in the future, regardless of whether they are producing fruit juice, milk, wine or beer. The key customer requirements are quality results and the absolute reliability and safety of manufacturing processes, not to mention optimum productivity, constantly diminishing operating costs and top-notch ecological ratings.

A particular highlight at this year’s trade fair was the market launch of the GEA Ariete Homogenizer 5400. In presenting a system which is not only currently the world’s most powerful high-pressure homogenizer, but which also raises the bar in terms of reliability, product safety and operating costs, GEA has opened a brand-new chapter in the history of high-pressure homogenization. With regard to beer manufacture, the company looked to the future and introduced its novel “Brewery 4.0” concept. Essentially a vision where brewing and fermenting take place in a continuous process, the concept is set to place exacting requirements on tomorrow’s technology and IT infrastructure. The pioneering element here is the merging of beer production with just-in-time production technology and the option of evaluating digital data flexibly. Digitalizing the various process stages will require huge volumes of data to be processed, but this will allow medium and long-term analyses of trends to be carried out with the aim of enhancing plant availability. GEA is also taking sustainability aspects into account, which affect both the efficiency and the energy and space requirements of plant and equipment.

Besides the usual keen interest in GEA’s products and solutions, increasing demand for services was noted. Live demonstrations of GEA PerformancePlus and GEA Remote Eye Wear were focal points of interest, with beverage manufacturers appreciating that concepts like these will help to optimize the life-cycle costs of their plant. With GEA PerformancePlus, experts from GEA analyze online condition monitoring data to derive recommendations for optimizing plant operation. GEA Remote Eye Wear allows experts to provide machinery operators and service technicians with virtual support in real time.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #32945
 29.08.2017

GEA provides inspiration for beverage industry at drinktec 2017  (drinktec 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. This year the technology company will present innovations and developments under the motto "Inspiring Beverage Solutions": Covering everything from fruit juice, milk, wine and beer production, GEA uses project-based and standard solutions to help customers prepare for the future. 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. Tailoring its engineering know-how to the service of its customers, technology leader GEA develops solutions beyond mere components, accompanying the whole line life cycle. These three GEA innovations premiere at the fair:


Continuous brewing, just-in-time production technology and digitalization: “Brewery 4.0”
GEA puts strong focus on the future of beer production with the release of its “Brewery 4.0”: This concept is a vision of continuous brewing and fermentation, placing strong demands on tomorrow's technology and IT infrastructure. Another pioneering feature is the linking of beer production – the continuous mash separation in double decanters, fermentation and maturation processes as well as quality assurance – with just-in-time production technology and flexible processing of digital data. Large quantities of data are processed as these production steps are digitalized and allow for analysis of mid- and long-term trends, increasing the system availability. Customers can thus use Brewery 4.0 to prepare for competition in the coming years and generate the greatest possible flexibility throughout the supply chain. Simultaneously GEA takes into account sustainability with regard to yields, energy consumption and space usage of the plants. At drinktec 2017, GEA will meet with industry representatives to discuss the elements of a semi-continuous process variant and the advantages and challenges facing beer production.

Launch of the highest performance high-pressure homogenizer in the world
Drinktec 2017 keyvisual
A new chapter in high-pressure homogenization systems from GEA is being opened with the market launch of the GEA Ariete Homogenizer 5400: It provides throughput of 80,000 liters an hour with 120 bar of pressure creating the largest capacity a five-piston homogenizer has ever provided, setting new standards in terms of reliability, product safety and operating costs.

GEA ABF Technology (Aseptic Blow Fill) for sustainable beverage bottling
At the drinktec GEA will also present GEA ABF, composed of an aseptic rotary blow molding machine with an integrated aseptic filling and aseptic capping systems featuring maximum efficiency for processing sensitive beverages into PET bottles. The aseptic blow molding process reduces the use of chemicals and energy consumptions for sterilizing operations. Innovation GEA Sterilfoil VHP L is a new flexible solution for foil sterilization available for a wide range of applications from ESL to aseptic beverages. Both technologies use a very effective vapor H2O2 based treatment, able to reach over 6 log reductions on both preform or foil decontamination and suitable for High Acid or Low Acid products. Further GEA exhibits at the drinktec shall also include:

Flexibility, efficiency and quality for craft-beer brewers
GEA shows two solutions for the medium-sized specialty breweries such as those on the craft-beer market: The three-vessel GEA CRAFT-STAR™ brewhouse has excellent extract efficiency of 98 percent and helps the customer consistently create prize-winning beers. The GEA ‘Plug & Win’ separator for craft brewers is a multifunctional compact system, performing five processes in a single machine – a benefit in terms of profitability and efficiency. The separator skid reduces the production time by 30 percent while generating up to ten percent higher yields.

Combined GEA innovations improve predictability of beer production
GEA experts have conceived, designed and installed individual components and entire systems for breweries around the world. Their field experience, intense development work within the Group and close cooperation with customers allow them to question the status quo, move forward and set standards for the industry. GEA is also formulating their understanding of today's state-of-the-art technology under the title "Brewery Advanced". The concept is based on GEA's sophisticated technology and a process design, creating significant advantages when it comes to customer capacity and energy consumption. GEA is thus able to increase the number of brews in the lauter tun from 12 to 14 a day, while the evaporation rate has been reduced from the standard four percent to merely one percent. The GEA stand will also display their efficient evaporation technology, the waste-free GEA clearamic BeerFiltration as well the ECO-MATRIX™ piping concept and ECO-FERM™, a technology for homogenizing fermentation tank contents.

Golden sealing avoids ingress of micro-organisms into the product
At drinktec GEA TEFASEP® gold debuts as part of the GEA D-tec® valve line. The hard and inert material compound together with the valve seat seal design allows for a minimized contact area between housing and seal and therewith increases cleanability and process safety. TEFASEP® gold belongs to the D-tec® stem diaphragm valves which are characterized by a high safety protection against contamination.

Energy-saving ceramic cross-flow filters
The GEA rotoramic is an energy-saving filter for beer recovery from surplus yeast, helping brewers achieve maximum yields. The ceramic cross-flow filter uses about 75 percent less energy than standard cross-flow processes.

Modular batch mixing system for non-alcoholic beverages
For non-alcoholic beverage applications the GEA DI-BATCH™ allows for complete control and high flexibility of the production process, featuring accurate dosing, material traceability and parallel operations. As partial amounts can be taken from the containers by means of a suction lance, manufacturers are more flexible in their production volumes and can purchase their base materials in varying container sizes – all of these are strengths that make DIBATCH™ also attractive for smaller test batches for product launches or research and development.

Live demonstrations of GEA service products for the beverage industry
With GEA Service, beverage manufacturers can improve the life cycle costs of their production plant. Especially for the brewery and beverage industry, GEA Audits are offered, for example, that recognize the hidden potential of components, systems and processes; Optimization proposals are being developed. GEA will also be demonstrating the PerformancePlus concept live: Based on the data from an online condition monitoring system, GEA experts carry out analyzes and recommend measures for the best possible plant operation. Moreover, visitors can test GEA Remote Eye Wear live, a groundbreaking service innovation that enables virtual experts to support machine operators and service technicians in-real time. 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.

GEA at the drinktec: Hall A3, booth 313
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #30641
 09.10.2015

GEA successfully completes acquisition of Hilge  (Company news)

GEA has successfully completed the acquisition of Hilge, domiciled in Bodenheim, Germany, after approval by the relevant antitrust authorities. GEA is using this acquisition to expand its portfolio in the area of high performance sanitary pumps, strengthening its position as a system solutions provider for hygienic and aseptic process environments.

“The acquisition of Hilge means that we can offer a greater variety of services to our customers in the future, in particular in the food and beverage industry. We are very pleased with this excellent addition to our range of products,” said GEA CEO Jürg Oleas.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

Newsgrafik #30317
 14.07.2015

GEA acquires leading supplier of hygienic pumps  (Company news)

GEA has acquired Hilge, a leading supplier of hygienic pumps, especially stainless steel pumps for food and beverage applications. The company is based at Bodenheim, Germany and generated with about 150 employees revenues of more than EUR 35 million in fiscal year 2014. Hilge’s product range is complementary to the offering of GEA’s flow components portfolio. The transaction remains subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.

“With the acquisition of Hilge, we continue implementing our M&A strategy to fill technological gaps by acquiring accretive specialist companies which complement our product portfolio”, commented Juerg Oleas (photo), CEO of GEA. “Hilge strengthens our position as a leading supplier of equipment and provider of solutions in hygienic and aseptic process environments.”

“Hilge has been a part of the Grundfos Group since 2004. Nevertheless, the increased focus for Grundfos on core business has led to the conclusion that the sanitary business is not a strategic focus area. GEA is a strong strategic fit for Hilge with strong synergies expected given GEA’s focus on the processing industry, including food and beverage. Everyone wins! GEA expands in its focus area, Grundfos concentrates on its core business, and Hilge joins an organization where it will play a strong strategic role”, says Executive Vice President Lars Aagaard, Head of Business Development of Grundfos.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

24.07.2013

GEA records solid performance in April and May  (Company news)

In the first five months of 2013, GEA reduced the year-on-year decline in order intake and revenue still reported for the first quarter thanks to a solid performance in April and May. Order intake in the period from January to May was only around 2 percent lower than the prior-year level, said CFO Helmut Schmale at the Company’s Capital Markets Day today. Revenue has now returned almost to the prior-year level. The Executive Board confirmed the outlook for full-year 2013.

GEA will publish its Q2 figures on July 30. The presentations from the event are available at www.gea.com.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

11.07.2013

GEA focuses further on core business and pursues separation from segment GEA Heat Exchangers...  (Company news)

...in medium term

GEA Group, the Düsseldorf-based mechanical engineering group, focuses with even greater emphasis on its leading position as system provider to the food industry and other technologically sophisticated process industries. The segment GEA Heat Exchangers (“HX”) is no longer be counted as core business by GEA. GEA has hence decided to separate from this business in the medium term and is reviewing all options for a separation from the HX segment.
This is the outcome of a comprehensive technological and strategic portfolio review launched by GEA last year. The aim of the review was to identify the core business areas which bear the greatest synergy potential. Those businesses are to be systematically further developed and serve as the foundation for the sustained future growth of the GEA Group.
“Efficient deployment of our human and financial resources is central to GEA’s continued successful development going forward. This means we have to focus as we expand our business,” said Jürg Oleas, Chairman of the Executive Board of GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft. “The in-depth review of all business units has shown that our technologies for the food industry and their deployment in alternative sectors hold very substantial growth potential. Their markets are highly stable and are driven by long-term global megatrends. We therefore plan to sustainably increase the proportion of Group revenue accounted for by food technologies in the medium term to around 70 to 75 percent.”
The HX segment is highly profitable and has a strong market position. There are only limited potential synergies between HX and the other business units in the GEA Group portfolio, however, as their business profiles differ. The scope for Group-wide use of technologies and capabilities is limited. In light of this, GEA firmly believes that the HX business will be able to develop even better within a new ownership structure.
(GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)

30.03.2011

GEA Group wins prize for best ideas management in the industry   (Company news)

At the occasion of the International Ideas Management Conference at Berlin organized by “Zentrum Ideenmanagement” a contest for the best corporate ideas management was held. GEA Group was voted the winner in the mechanical and plant engineering industry and was ranked third overall behind Deutsche Post DHL and Siemens.
“I am particularly pleased with this distinction, as we rolled out our new ideas management “i2m” globally only a few years ago”, remarked Jürg Oleas, CEO of GEA. “We have evidently succeeded in anchoring a sound ideas management in our corporate culture. I take some pride in this award, as it reflects well upon the creativity and innovative strength of GEA’s employees“. (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)


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