Market Overview: Dishwashing

Producers of dishwashing products operate in a highly competitive and consumer-driven environment in which innovation and brand reputation are paramount. GEA’s best-of-breed integrated process solutions deliver value by securing the project outcome in terms of safety, batch time, hygiene, cleanability, quality and time-to-market delivery, so that the benefits of innovative products and brand market share are fully realized.

Dishwashing products provide excellent cleaning performance and effectively remove fats, starch and proteins, as well as soil from different types of cooking and serving items, with the help of energy provided by chemicals. Low and no-suds versions inhibit the formation of foam by protein-containing foods (such as eggs and milk), help to soften water, which prevents insoluble deposits, loosens and holds soil in suspension and leaves the items clean and grease-free. Dishwasher tablets can be used to rinse and dry dishes and utensils without spots, and have found to be extremely effective and safe for a variety of dishes, glassware, utensils and more.

The products used in dishwashers are usually powder-based and contain builders (90–95%), a non-ionic surfactant (1–5%), bleach agents with an activator and enzymes. They are formulated with sodium carbonate and sodium silicate to create a very alkaline environment that helps to denature the fats and proteins left on the used dishes and utensils.

High Output Tableting Solutions

For powder-based products, such as dishwasher tablets, we can advise on formulation, tableting applications (size, weight, shape), cost implications, quality control and downstream processing. Depending on the required tablet size (up to 70 mm diameter) and compression force (up to 40 tonnes), GEA offers a range of machines designed to meet your specific application requirements.

From the first contact to the installation and after-sales service, a qualified team of professionals will take care of your project. Our mission is to provide a tablet press that meets your application and specification requirement, resulting in the lowest total cost of ownership.

In addition, our standard tooling provides a wide variety of size/weight combinations as well as a variety of tablet appearance options (flat faced, beveled edged, etc.). Tooling from third party suppliers can also be acquired and implemented.

And, when it comes to mixing and blending, we have the capacity to blend high volumes of different powders/granules to your exact formulation, from 1 kilo up to 1000 tonnes.

Turnkey Solutions for Liquid Applications

Dishwashing liquid, also known as dishwashing soap and dish soap, is a detergent used during the daily chore of washing the household dishes. Perhaps ironically, producing liquid dishwashing detergents involves minimizing the very property that consumers are most familiar with: the foam. The generation of foam during production can be challenging, especially in filling lines. GEA’s thorough understanding of liquid mixing technology, based on many years of experience, means that application-specific technology solutions are available. A wide range of cost-effective batch, continuous, inline and single pot mixing equipment can be integrated into new or existing lines to ensure both product quality and consistency.

GEA is an established expert in raw material handling, mixing and blending, storage, end-of-line packaging, product recovery, automation and clean- and sterilize-in-place (CIP/SIP) systems. Whether you need a single component or a complete turnkey plant, GEA has the right technology and the right knowledge and experience to meet those requirements — every time — in terms of hygiene, product safety, productivity, profitability and quality.

All GEA technology is designed from the outset to aid fast plant development, bring products to market quickly and open up new marketing opportunities for processors and finished products.