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Gea shows good food production process

GEA shows excellence at every stage in the food production process at Gulfood Manufacturing in Dubai
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Highlights at this year’s fair include the new Gea Multi Jector 2mm, a new multi-purpose brine injector with flexible needles and the Maxi Former for the effective production of drum formed meat. The new and award-winning solution for in-line smoking of meat, poultry, seafood and meal components on Cook Star spiral oven will be demonstrated to the Asian market for the first time. In the area food packaging, the vertical packaging machine Smart Packer SX400 will be shown and offers convenient and inexpensive means of packaging a wide variety of convenience goods.

Having acquired the Italian Pavan Group, technology group Gea and Pavan will join forces at this year’s Gulfood Manufacturing trade fair for the first time. Pavan, a leading manufacturer of extrusion and milling technology for processing diverse fresh and dry pastas, cereal-based snacks and breakfast cereals, will present its technology know-how to booth visitors.

Likewise, attendees will get to see the Lab Homogenizer Twin Panda 600. The homogenizer is a small table-top unit designed for continuous operation at high pressure and is the perfect machine for laboratory-scale, high pressure processing of dairy products, fruit juices, liquid food, food additives and ingredients. The RayPP (Pilot Plant) batch freeze dryer is equally well-suited to small-scale and R&D drying of general food products such as instant coffee, fruit, vegetables, herbs, meat, seafood and pet food, as well as very sensitive products such as lactic acid bacteria and enzymes. The new dryer more closely mimics the characteristics of larger industrial plants allowing more accurate scalability to full production.

In-depth knowledge-sharing and experiential sessions

The company will present a new way of sharing its expertise and experience with visitors at the company’s booth. Customers and interested parties are invited to book a VIP time slot – choosing from among 15 different technology topics which will be presented by Gea experts – which allows them to set the agenda for their personalized in-depth knowledge session. Topics will cover Gea’s diverse expertise in food processing and packaging, beverage, butter making, bakery and pasta extrusion and milling.

Uniform meat injection thanks to unique 2mm OptiFlex needles

The new brine injection system in the Multi Jector 2mm is specifically dedicated to precise turkey bacon and poultry processing, for 700 mm wide lines. The system features two millimeter Opti Flex needles – to date only available from Gea – which deliver a tight injection pattern, allowing for exceptional injection accuracy, product quality and consistency. The new equipment is seamlessly integrated within the Super Chill brine chiller and the Multi Shaker, which removes excess brine, closes needle marks and activates proteins, ultimately resulting in low standard deviation during production and thus increasing quality, yield and profit.

Rotary drum former with innovative step-filling technique

The Maxi Former provides very high production capacity, better consistency and significantly lower operating costs in the production of drum formed meat such as chicken nuggets and burger patties. The step-filling system minimizes the pressure used to fill each cavity carefully and progressively. This, combined with its rigid drum design, reduces wastage, improves filling accuracy, creates a higher quality formed product with excellent shape retention and minimizes down time for cleaning. Its knock-out system uses dry air at high pressure applied only to the relevant cavities, instead of the entire drum.

Effective vertical packaging solution

Gea’s SmartPacker SX400 packaging machine, which will be shown at Gulfood Manufacturing for packing of dates, can be used for many applications from grated cheese to frozen vegetables, chicken nuggets or dried fruits and is characterized by reliability, cost efficiency and simple operation. This vertical packaging machine is equipped with PTC (Permanent Temperature Control) for polyethylene-based materials and heat-seal for laminated films, while offering variation in formats, ranging from standard flat pillow bags to EasyDoy bags – capable of handling up to 10 kg/bag and 100 bags per minute.

All suppliers on one platform

From greenfield projects to corrective and predictive maintenance and machine and plant performance optimization, Gea digital services give customers new ways to stay a step ahead of the competition. The latest is a cloud-based platform which falls under the umbrella of Gea Advance and which includes all of Gea’s new digital solutions for customers. 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 such as condition monitoring, PLC connections and video support by the end of 2020. This solution stands out from other comparable industry portals given the new digital cooperation channel is supplier-independent, which means customers are able to integrate all of their supplier interactions into this single platform.

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SIG continues to innovate and address consumers’ ever-changing needs with the launch of its unique combistyle carton pack. (Picture: SIG)
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Stand out on the shelf

In the increasingly competitive retail environment, combistyle brings a fresh and distinctive look to often crowded drink aisles – helping beverage manufacturers stand out while making it easier for consumers to find what they need. A stylish corner panel provides a comfortable and safe grip, while allowing brand owners to effectively communicate key messages with eye-catching designs.

“combistyle offers our customers a future packaging concept that will instantly intrigue busy shoppers to find out more,” said Heike Klein, Global Product Manager at SIG. “The shaped corner not only stands out on the shelf, but also offers exciting branding opportunities to effectively communicate your brand image and key messages.”

Leverage existing investment

SIG’s customers will benefit from the low investment needed to upgrade to combistyle on existing CFA810 and CF812 filling machines, which also can fill combiblocMidi and combifitMidi, the original packs for these lines. This offers manufacturers the best shape flexibility for different product types and the ability to adapt to changing market demands, as three carton formats can be filled on a single line.

“As only limited investment is needed to upgrade existing filling machines, combistyle provides the perfect opportunity for beverage manufacturers to utilize and enhance existing equipment,” said Klein. “Upgrading will not only maintain efficiency on the original line, but also help to bring new and exciting beverages to market in a faster time period.”

Offer consumers a new level of convenience

The combistyle carton pack’s distinctively shaped corner provides a more comfortable and safer grip. In addition, combistyle features SIG’s new combiMaxx closure, which is fully resealable and leak-proof, allows for easier opening and better pouring, and offers an eco-friendly design. combistyle is available in a 1 liter format and a 500ml size will be added soon.

Combistyle exemplifies SIG’s commitment to deliver innovative, differentiated product and packaging solutions that help businesses satisfy ever-changing needs.

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