GEA Liquid Processing in Skanderborg Denmark, part of GEA Process Engineering, has reported extraordinary sales of its new INLINE FORMULATM mixing technology allowing it to break its 2013 sales target for the product before the end of June. The new inline mixing system is significantly reducing 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. This includes applications such as milk recombination, juice concentration, beverage preparation and the manufacture of base slurries.
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 sales performance of the new product which has recently caught on especially in plants producing milk-based beverages and baby formula. “We have been delighted by the response from the market,” he said. “We always knew that the INLNE FORMULATM was something special but we have all been amazed by the speed with which it has been adopted by our customers.”
Inline mixing is the preferred technology for food and beverage plants that require the high volume mixing of low viscosity products. Although the dairy side of the industry has been fast to embrace the new INLINE FORMULATM concept, the technology is equally suitable for the production of fruit juices where similar capital, production and power usage savings can be achieved.