Whether your company needs a study to help introduce a new product or tweak an existing recipe, develop a business case or adapt an existing production process to increase efficiency, the GEA Food Solutions Technology Center in Bakel is operational, even during the Corona crisis.
No time to waste
It is an essential resource for food processing companies to outsource testing and save valuable time and resources, should their day-to-day production capacity be fully engaged, helping them to meet their rising supply chain needs.
Feasibility studies, process improvements, yield studies, R&D tests … they all must continue, even during a crisis.
“It is (almost) business as usual for most food processors, so there’s no time to waste…”, Tim Pessers, Manager Technology Center Bakel
That is why the GEA Food Solutions fully equipped technology center in Bakel is up and running, with some adjustments due to the temporary COVID-19 regulations, available to support food processors, even from a distance if required or preferred.
Customers are still welcome to join a test in our TC, but we understand that for most it is not allowed due to company rules or government travel legislation. That is why our team of experts is testing at a distance. After an intake session where the goals are set for the test or demo, and the briefing is done, our Food Technologists will design the test.
“We can work with pre-shipped ingredients and instructions from our customer, or we can run a test using our experience, knowledge and materials.”
Tim Pessers, Manager Technology Center Bakel
After the test is completed, the results are collected and a test report including video, pictures and if possible samples, are shared and shipped.
And now, we can also offer the opportunity to ‘watch’ the test live from a distance. Tim continues: ‘Even though we are testing from a distance, it is very important to be able to interact. This gives the best end results and that is what we want to achieve, so our customers can focus on their production.”
Our other food technology centers
Thermoforming technology center Wallau-Biedenkopf, Germany
Our technology center in Germany is open for business too, preparing sample packaging for customers wishing to experiment with new packaging designs or materials. During the Corona crisis everything is handled by email or post and response times are greatly improved making it the ideal time for innovation.
Slicing and Loading technology center Kempten, Germany
Our team in Kempten is also fully working. Time windows for slicing tests, trials, demonstrations are open and can be arranged individually. On the moment our technology center is equipped with a GEA DualSlicer Line and a GEA MegaSlicer Line, both installed with GEA ShingleLoaders. The set-up is arranged for cheese applications with interleaver technology, however, the set-up can be changed for other application on request. Customers or clients can send their original products to GEA Kempten and all tests, trials and demonstrations will be video recorded and photos will be made. The validation reports, statistics and application results are drafted and will be shared with the customer/client.
Vertical Packaging technology center Weert, the Netherlands
In our technology center in Weert it's also almost business as usual as well. There are no customer visits at the moment, we film the trials and share the results in online meetings with our customers.
Would you like to receive more information on the current possibilities to remotely test at one of our Technology Centers, get in touch with us via the 'Contact us' button below.