GEA comes up with new magnetic filling valves

New options increase product flexibility of fillers

193
GEA is one of the world’s largest systems and components suppliers to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.
GEA is one of the world’s largest systems and components suppliers to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

Just in time for Drinktec, GEA – one of the world’s largest suppliers of systems and components to the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, is expanding its portfolio of filling valves with new options that allow manufacturers to fill an even wider range of beverages with one valve technology.

The new generation of magnetic valves can be used for all filling platforms with a high hygiene level, in aseptic applications for dairy products, for example, as well as for ESL beverages with a longer shelf life.

Demand dynamics and economic pressures on the beverage industry are turning flexibility into one of the core competencies of manufacturers. Faster changeovers for smaller quantities are in demand in the filling sector. GEA’s filling specialists have developed a new generation of valves to ensure greater product diversity without compromising on hygiene.

“Our customers want to implement product changes smoothly with as few operations as possible to work quickly and economically. This is reflected in the further development of our filling valves,” says product manager Massimo Nascimbeni, filling and packaging, at GEA. “It was important to us to make the filling valves as flexible as possible so that producers can fill a wide variety of products with the same filling valves.”

Gentle, precise and flexible filling

The new generation now uses magnetic actuators with seals that require less maintenance than the usual technical solutions. A pneumatic, or optionally a servo drive, refines the lifting and lowering movements of the control and shut-off valves. This means that beverages are processed gently and very precisely, which is particularly important for viscous liquids or pressure-sensitive particles, such as fruit, cereals, nuts and seeds (up to 6x6x6mm) or fruit pulp (up to 3x20mm). 

To reduce the number of components on this new generation of filling valves that would require service and warehouse logistics, GEA saved on the number of actuators without compromising on performance. In addition, the new filling system eliminates the need for dummy bottles by ensuring an efficient sterilization position with only one magnetic joint.

The new modules in GEA’s filling valve portfolio are suitable for all platforms designed for sensitive beverages. These include aseptic liquids such as dairy products and extended shelf life (ESL) beverages, which can be clear or contain fibers. Even changeovers between the extremes of non- and highly carbonated beverages are possible without much effort.

Packaging South Asia — resilient, growing and impactful — daily, monthly — always responsive

The multi-channel B2B in print and digital 17-year-old platform matches the industry’s growth trajectory. The Indian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, and Middle East packaging industries are looking beyond the resilience of the past three years. They are resuming capacity expansion and diversification, with high technology and automation in new plants and projects.

As we present our 2024 publishing plan, India’s real GDP growth for the financial year ending 31 March 2024 will exceed 6%. The packaging industry growth will match the GDP growth in volume terms and surpass it by at least 3% in terms of nominal growth allowing for price inflation in energy, raw materials, consumables, and capital equipment.

The capacity for flexible film manufacturing in India increased by 45% over the past four years. With orders in place, we expect another 20% capacity addition in 2024 and 2025. Capacities in monocartons, corrugation, aseptic liquid packaging, and labels are growing similarly. As the consumption story returns over the next six months, we expect demand to return and exceed the growth trajectory of previous years. The numbers are positive for most of the economies in the region – and as shown by our analytics, our platform increasingly reaches and influences these.

For responsible and sustainable packaging, with its attendant regulations and compliances, there is significant headroom to grow in India and the region. Our coverage includes the entire packaging supply chain – from concept to shelf and to waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

We target brand owners, product managers, raw material suppliers, packaging designers and converters, and recyclers. This is a large and complex canvas – the only thing that can work is your agile thinking and innovation together with our continuous learning and persistence.

The coming year looks to be an up year in this region, and this is the right time to plan your participation and marketing communication – in our rich and highly targeted business platform with human resources on the ground. Share your thoughts and plans to inspire and mobilize our editorial and advertising teams!

For editorial info@ippgroup.in — for advertisement ads1@ippgroup.in and for subscriptions subscription@ippgroup.in

– Naresh Khanna (25 October 2023)

Subscribe Now
unnamed 1

NEWSLETTER

Subscribe to our Newsletter

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here