Since its introduction earlier this year, the new INLINE FORMULATM inline mixing technology from GEA Liquid Processing in Skanderborg Denmark, part of GEA Process Engineering, has taken the dairy sector by storm. However the revolutionary new system is equally at home in juice processing plants allowing users to significantly reduce energy, equipment and maintenance costs for beverage processing plants.
Inline mixing plants are used throughout the food and beverage industry for the single or multi-pass mixing of dissolvable powders up to 400cP. INLINE FORMULATM is a new design of mixing rota developed not only to create the necessary sheering force to mix the product, but also to develop sufficient centrifugal pressure to pump the product to the storage silos without the need of a separate centrifugal pump. This is achieved by splitting the vanes of the rota around the stator to create the necessary external pressure.
The new development offers a number of benefits over current technology. Firstly, eliminating the need for a separate centrifugal pump and limiting the need for further down-stream processing immediately reduces capital, installation and maintenance costs. Secondly, the increased pressure means that storage silos can be re-circulated more quickly reducing batch processing time. Finally, tests have proven that the new system is significantly more efficient than existing systems, allowing the use of less powerful motors (45kW) thereby cutting power usage by up to 15%.
Claus Patscheider is the Area Sales Manager at GEA Liquid Processing. He has been delighted with the way the new system has been embraced in the dairy sector but says that the juice sector has been slower to get the message. “The savings have been clearly demonstrated wherever INLINE FORMULATM is used,” he said. “It seems to me that the juice sector is losing out on what has been a step change this year in mixing technology design.”
Inline mixing is the preferred technology for food and beverage plants that require the high volume mixing of low viscosity products.