Trade press release

New pasta pre-dryer from GEA for improved efficiency and lower operating costs

7 May 2023
The New Generation Pre-Dryer from GEA, for the first stage of pasta drying, represents a significant advance on all previous designs. The new machine helps to reduce costs and improve efficiency in food production plants and overcomes many of the inherent limitations associated with previous models and other technology currently available on the market.
The New Generation Pre-Dryer for pasta processing from GEA. Source: GEA

The New Generation Pre-Dryer for pasta processing from GEA. Source: GEA

In redesigning the new pre-dryer, GEA has focused on simplicity and practicality. This approach has improved accessibility to reduce cleaning time and maintenance costs, and has successfully improved the efficiency of the process using CFD simulation (Computational Fluid Dynamics), for ensuring high productivity and excellent product quality.

Simple design

GEA has reduced the number of the shelves, which transport the pasta from the inlet to the outlet of the machine by vibration, from nine to three. This significantly increases drying efficiency. The shelves can be removed and replaced more easily for faster, more efficient cleaning. The new design has also significantly increased the machine performances: for a production level of 2000 kg/h, drying time and product spillage have been sensitively reduced.

‘Down-Top’ ventilation

The new ‘Down-Top’ ventilation concept, with optimized counter-current heating of the product, is highly efficient and helps to ensure a high-quality product by maximizing air/product interaction. Thanks to this new drying configuration, the ventilation motors have been located outside the drying chamber where they are not exposed to extremes of heat. This helps to reduce costs and ensures that they can be removed for servicing more easily.

Modular design

GEA has used a modular design for the new GEA Pre-Dryer. This means it can be easily adapted to manage different production capacities with the option to couple two machines in parallel if required. The new GEA Pre-Dryer has also a more compact design compared to its predecessors andcan be easily adapted to fit into existing lines.

This new machine has been developed by combining many years of technological GEA experience with a fundamental understanding of customers’ needs. It’s all stainless steel construction provides both strength and improved hygiene. It is more efficient, easier to set up and maintain, more durable over time, and more versatile than any of its predecessors.  

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Nicole Meierotto

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Media Relations

GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft

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About GEA

GEA is one of the world's largest suppliers of systems and components to the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. The international technology group, founded in 1881, focuses on machinery and plants, as well as advanced process technology, components, and comprehensive services.

With more than 18,000 employees working across five divisions and 62 countries, the group generated revenues of more than EUR 5.1 billion in fiscal year 2022. GEA plants, processes, components, and services enhance the efficiency and sustainability of production processes across the globe. They contribute significantly to the reduction of CO2 emissions, plastic usage, and food waste. In doing so, GEA makes a key contribution toward a sustainable future, in line with the company’s purpose: "Engineering for a better world". GEA is listed in the German MDAX and the STOXX® Europe 600 Index and is also among the companies comprising the DAX 50 ESG and MSCI Global Sustainability and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Indices.

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