Global Leaders in Process Engineering

GEA Process Engineering Pty Ltd

GEA Process Engineering builds leading edge processing plants for the dairy, food, brewery, pharmaceutical, chemical and resources sectors. The company offers a complete solution, from development of project, project management, engineering, supplying, and manufacturing, to the installation and commissioning of GEA’s technologies throughout Australia.

Completed installations range from small pilot projects all the way through to large-scale industrial sized ones. Most importantly, GEA’s plants are carefully designed to the highest safety and performance standards. And those efforts haven’t gone unnoticed; the company counts many of the world’s leading manufacturers among its loyal clients.

GEA Process Engineering in Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of GEA Process Engineering A/S in Denmark. The Australia based company represents GEA’s many core technology centres in market leading processes and designs to the local market, as well as comprehensive service and maintenance to its local customers. These technologies include Evaporation / Concentration and Drying, Liquid Processing and Heat transfer Equipment.

For Evaporation / Concentration and Drying technologies, GEA Process Engineering focuses on the development, design and engineering of process equipment and plants for product manufacture in liquid, powder and granular form. The Australian entity of GEA Process Engineering was founded 45 years ago, and has since successfully supplied, installed and commissioned more than 100 industrial process plants across Australia for a variety of industries in the evaporation and drying field. GEA is active in a number of sectors, including dairy, pharmaceutical, food, chemical and mining. GEA Process Engineering plays a particularly important role within the dairy, food and pharmaceutical industries because of its expertise in maintaining strict sanitation requirements.

The GEA engineering team boasts experience across a wide variety of technologies. They regularly design, supply, install and commission high pressure pumps and homogenisers, evaporators, spray dryers, fluid bed dryers, freeze dryers, and powder packing systems. GEA Process Engineering also supplies specialised equipment to the pharmaceutical industry through its association with GEA Pharma Systems. This equipment includes well established brand names such as Aeromatic-Fielder dryers, granulators and coaters, Collette high shear granulators, Courtoy tablet presses, Buck containment valves, Buck Systems IBCs, blenders and wash stations, and Lyophil freeze dryers.

In addition, because GEA Process Engineering represents a number of sister companies (including GEA Barr-Rosin, GEA Wiegand, GEA Jet Pumps, GEA Messo, GEA Kestner, GEA Bischoff and GEA Niro Process Technology), the team deals with flash and rotary dryers, distillation and evaporation columns, jet pumps, gas scrubbers and vacuum systems, emission control and freeze concentration.

For drying applications GEA maintains a Test and Development Department. This department determines the proper use for emerging technologies – and then takes those technologies to the next level. The team has “many years of experience in adapting a wide range of technologies and processes into viable solutions for our customers,” the company website states. GEA Niro’s test station, located at GEA Niro A/S in Soeborg, Denmark, “is one of the best-equipped and most comprehensive facilities in the world for testing customers’ products on process equipment within the groups drying technology field.”

The test station is primarily focused on three main activities. The first is feasibility testing, which evaluates whether a product should be dried, agglomerated, extracted, or concentrated. This testing also determines what equipment is suitable for pilot tests. Pilot testing, the station’s second core focus, provides basic design data regarding the drying of new or existing products, optimises process conditions for small scale dryers, and produces samples for market analysis. The third focal point is laboratory analysis, which evaluates the quality of a product before and after processing. The team can process samples as small as a few grams to as large as several hundred kilograms, and GEA’s experienced staff works closely with customers throughout every process in order to determine the best solution.

For liquid processing technologies GEA Process Engineering focuses on the development, design and engineering of process equipment and plants for liquid product manufacture in the dairy, beverage and brewing industries. GEA has quickly grown to offer a wide range of services including homogenisation, mixing, blending, dosing, heat treatments / pasteurisation, pumping, dilution, carbonation, deaeration, separation, membrane filtration, Tuchenhagen UHT technologies, Huppmann brew house technologies, and Procomac Aseptic filling and bottling systems and clean in place capabilities. Projects may be as small as a single unit process to a complete turn-key plant. No matter what the job, GEA Process Engineering carries out the appropriate tests and trial runs of all components and apparatus before signing off on it.

GEA Process Engineering also utilises automation to ensure the best outcome. “Only automation enables you to use your process plant as dynamically and flexibly as you would like,” the company website insists. In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries there can be no mistakes – it takes great precision and market leading software to develop process control systems. GEA Process Engineering software engineers and process technicians have the experience and know-how to develop tailor made, economically viable solutions. The company’s specific automation services include function specification, hardware design specification, and system design specification process control systems / software; visualisation / batch systems; track and trace and database / archiving.

For Thermal Equipment Technologies, GEA is also a leader in heat transfer technologies. The company is experienced in virtually every application, from high pressure gas coolers and milk pasteurisers to air conditioning systems and cooling towers. The solutions it offers in this area include plate heat exchangers, fully welded heat exchangers, brazed plate heat exchangers finned-tube heat exchangers, single-tube heat exchangers, heller systems, mash systems, air-cooled condensers, HVAC systems and shell & tube heat exchangers. In fact, GEA “probably provides the widest portfolio of heat exchangers worldwide,” its website reports. Remarkably, GEA Process Engineering provides all of these solutions from just one source. “By focusing all heat-exchanger activities in one single segment, GEA now highlights its position as world leader on the market of heat exchangers.”

GEA Process Engineering values customer support and therefore provides a variety of technical services to industries that operate laboratory or industrial sized spray dryers, fluid bed dryers, evaporators, homogenisers, liquid process, thermal equipment or any plant with associated technologies. The team offers support to all GEA plants as well as plants of other makes. All services are designed to maintain the continuity of production, keep operational efficiency high, best utilise new technology, and ensure a quality product is manufactured.

The company’s comprehensive Consultancy Service covers instrumental updating, new technology utilisation, plant capacity increase, plant design modernisation, plant recommissioning, preventive maintenance programming, process optimisation, and product quality improvement. On-site inspection service includes energy auditing, plant performance evaluation, safety and energy auditing, and weld / stress cracking detection. The company’s On-site Specialist Working Service takes care of equipment maintenance, equipment repair, equipment replacement and plant retrofitting. GEA Process Engineering also hires out various pilot scale plants to its customers.

GEA Process Engineering is also a one-stop shop for spare parts, both original and non-GEA. Parts available for non-GEA equipment include those used for various pump types, heat exchangers, various types of valves, filters, fans, air heaters and spray drying nozzles. Original GEA spare parts are available for a wide range of items including valves, pumps, homogenisers, filling lines, rotary atomisers, pneumatic hammers, CIP nozzles, fire extinguisher nozzles, rotary valves and explosion-proof doors. GEA Process Engineering carefully documents its original spare parts to make troubleshooting easier in case any problems occur in the future.

In fact, GEA Process Engineering works hard to provide more than just spare parts; the team also wants to provide peace of mind. “An original GEA spare part is more than just a replacement,” the company points out. “It gives you confidence that the part is compatible, reliable, will provide optimum performance and help maintain the life of your entire processing plant.” Most GEA spare parts are kept in stock and can be delivered by overnight courier.

GEA Process Engineering has been a major force in the industry for decades. Over the years, the team has been responsible for a number of exciting industry breakthroughs and has consistently remained at the leading edge of emerging technology. Now, the forward thinking team is busy looking toward the future, where they are sure to find continued success across multiple industries.

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