GEA has recently extended the use of its GEA IO control generation to its entire range of separators and decanters. This simple, user-friendly control system was initially launched in 2014 for decanters; it has since been revised and improved and is now available for use on all GEA centrifuges – for every application.
The GEA IO was developed to focus specifically on users’ needs and to keep the control of the machine as simple, intuitive and user-friendly as possible. Operators are provided only with the essential information they need to control the centrifuge. This significantly reduces the opportunity for human error, improves the reliability of the process, and allows operators to explore and use the full range of functionality that the system provides, with confidence.
Control, display and evaluate
GEA IO has been designed to be as intuitive as possible. Displays have been consistently streamlined, the symbols are self-explanatory, and the color code is based on international standards, either traffic signal colors for statuses or the standard colors used in plant design for identifying pipework. “IO not only controls the process and displays the information, it also interprets the data so that users can see how efficiently the centrifuge is running in relation to energy consumption, performance or separation efficiency,” explained Robert Zeldenrust, Product Group Management Separation at GEA.
A key feature of IO is its remote maintenance capability. This allows experts to access a centrifuge remotely, come to a quick and accurate diagnosis, make the necessary adjustments and have it running again as quickly as possible. “With GEA IO, the entire potential of our centrifuges can be fully utilized: simple, intuitive, reliable and user-friendly,” Robert added.
Support throughout the entire life cycle of a plant and equipment
Through its new service concept “GEA Service – For your continued success” GEA supports customers throughout the entire life cycle of their installed systems and components: from project engineering, installation, and commissioning to maintaining and improving the performance of their plant and equipment.
The service level options of GEA PerformancePlus, for example, extend way beyond routine preventive maintenance and complement customer digitalization efforts. By combining modern condition monitoring technologies with industry expertise, GEA provides its customers with monitoring services, comprehensive analysis reports and reliable optimization recommendations. In turn, GEA customers receive valuable information to make business decisions easier and allow them to address the challenges they face in achieving their specific performance-related goals. GEA PerformancePlus creates transparency: it shows the current health status of the equipment, increases its availability, ensures optimum productivity, brings efficiency optimization potential to light and enables sustainable equipment utilization. GEA PerformancePlus is initially available for GEA separators; in the mid-term it will be extended to other GEA product groups.