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GEA: One machine, plenty of applications: Aseptic soft drink bottling without changeover time
2017/12/07
6 Dec 2017
GEA has launched the latest generation of aseptic filling technology: the Fillstar CX EVO. This multi-functional system provides beverage industry customers with the capacity to seamlessly switch between different types of products, from carbonated to still aseptic beverages and vice-versa. The usual product changeover times of approximately three hours are a thing of the past as the new system eliminates changeover times thanks to the integrated control unit merely requiring reprogramming. The changeover from contact filling to non-contact filling is fully automated. The system sterility is thus not interrupted.
 
Aseptic filling for a wide range of beverages
 
The new technology uses a counter-pressure volumetric electronic filling valve. GEA engineers have refined the tried and tested filling technology for carbonated beverages, making it suitable for a wide range of applications - the Fillstar CX EVO can handle high and low acid beverages, as well as aseptic soft drinks with varying carbonation levels, to ensure complete sterility. The Fillstar CX EVO can fill products with fibers up to 2 mm long and with diameters of 3 mm; when integrated with an aseptic piston doser the system can fill even fruit pieces with a volume of up to 10x10x10 mm. Bottle sizes and shapes - which is just as important for producers to attract consumers’ attention - can be easily changed.
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