“Global food producers understand the need to protect their brands, so when they need to innovate, they often look for the support of a proven technology provider. Development of new food products can be a costly and labor-intensive investment for many customers. Add to that, complex formulation, detailed process design and plant validation, this can become a daunting process for some customers to undertake alone.”
Dr.-Ing. Marco Gandini
GEA Senior Vice President Head of Bakery Applications
In a market with continuous growth it is of fundamental importance to be able to create unique, innovative products quickly. Under the motto “Make Delicious Possible” GEA takes care of the specific requirements of each individual recipe – recently shown during iba 2018, the world’s leading trade fair for bakery, confectionery and snacks.
With more than 100 years of combined experience in the bakery sector, GEA Comas and GEA Imaforni offer a state-of-the-art range of equipment and solutions for the production of cakes, cookies, pastries, crackers, snacks and confectionery products. The combined range of equipment spans tunnel ovens, modular processing units and complete lines to produce cakes, crackers, deposited cookies, co-extruded, wire cut, soft and hard biscuits, muffins, Swiss rolls, pizzas and special bread.
GEA technology also includes proofing, cooling and freezing solutions for the bakery industry, which together with the GEA Imaforni tunnel ovens, enable the customers to maximize energy savings across the entire plant operation. Customers of the technology group have access to the complete portfolio of hygienic process solutions and components as well as plant design, integration and automation for a seamless turnkey approach. With the extensive knowledge of hygienic design including EHEDG, GEA can offer fully compliant hygienic process solutions including CIP capable freezing systems.
Capptronic sandwiching line – Advanced, high-performance technology
The new Capptronic HS from GEA Comas allows users to produce sandwich, filled or spot-deposited biscuits directly in line with the baking oven from GEA Imaforni to eliminate the use of complex, expensive, traditionally used stacking systems. Capptronic HS is equipped with a new biscuit tilting system and has a new manifold design for weight accuracy. High performance, combined with depositing accuracy, enables the machine to meet the expectations of the customers and applications. The machine control is completely electronic owing to the use of brushless motors on all the control devices. The working parameters can be adjusted while the machine is running without having to stop production.
DFV3 multi-extruder – Flexibility is the key to success
The new high-performance co-extruder from GEA is designed to simultaneously deposit two different types of dough, plus a third, fluid filling. The DFV3 multi-extruder is ideal for producing filled biscuits with 2-3 colors, or fig bars, as well as traditional wire cut and smooth mix cookies. It has a removable stainless steel depositor head for easy cleaning and fast product changeover.
New RM 2000 rotary molder + wire cut extruder EM 1000 – designed for reliable, high performance operation
The soft-dough and cookies sector of the biscuit market comprises a wide-ranging family of products. Wire-cutting, depositing and rotary moulding are three of the key processes for manufacturing high quality final products. Flexibility is a must! GEA Imaforni basic wire-cutting and depositing systems are robust and high-precision units, and can be configured with optional auxiliary equipment to manufacture a wide selection of inventive shapes and forms, and products with inclusions, toppings and decoration. The new rotary molder RM 2000 is an upgraded version of the standard one with a higher capacity and bigger working width up to 2,000 mm. It can be part of a complete production line for soft dough cookies, biscuits and shortbreads. The EM 1000 wire cut extruder is a new extruder in stainless steel configuration, which uses wire cut movement with a brushless motor. Designed for a quick tool-free belt changeover, this machine is in full wash-down configuration. It can be integrated into a complete line for the production of wire cut biscuits and soft dough cookies.
CALLIFREEZE® – a new unique inline freezer control system
The new freezing process control system CALLIFREEZE® continuously measures the level of product frozenness at freezer outfeed and adjusts freezing time, air temperature and fan speed to achieve the exact freezing quality with minimum energy consumption. The new system reduces power consumption and improves efficiency. The control unit can be configured for GEA S-Tec and A-Tec freezers handling a wide range of food products including bakery.
NEW Bakery Experience Centers
Global food producers understand the need to protect their brands, so when they need to innovate, they often look for the support of a proven technology provider. Development of new food products can be a costly and labor-intensive investment for many customers. Add to that, complex formulation, detailed process design and plant validation, this can become a daunting process for some customers to undertake alone.
To help achieve greater confidence in the safe and repeatable production of your food products prior to market release, GEA has built dedicated test centers, designed to aid development and trial at a small scale before releasing for larger scale production. Critical process technologies including separation, formulation, mixing, evaporation, and drying are available in our many small-scale test plants enabling you to conveniently prove your product or process before making a large-scale investment.
GEA’s new Bakery Experience Centers (BEC) located in Schio and in Verona, Italy have been established to allow customers to trial new baked goods recipes in a controlled environment. This minimizes risk and allows customers to free up their own plant whilst simultaneously running new product trials offline. GEA provides guidance on optimal setup between recipe and plant design before going into full-scale production.
With decades of process experience gained from food processing plants all over the world, the test centers give customers the confidence that the process units GEA delivers are optimized to suit the local process and environmental conditions.
GEA is one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry and a wide range of other industries. The international technology group focuses on process technology, components and sustainable energy solutions for sophisticated production processes in various end-user markets. The group generates around 70 percent of its revenue in the food and beverages sector that enjoys long-term sustainable growth.