GEA separators are designed for liquid-based applications. Using centrifugal force, they are used for separating suspensions consisting of two or more phases of different densities, i.e. they can be used for liquid-liquid separation, for liquid-liquid-solid separation or for liquid-solid separation. They are equally as effective at separating liquid mixtures at the same time as removing solids.
The fields of application range from separating processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries through oil and fat recovery to the production of dairy products, beer, wine, fruit and vegetable juices, as well as the processing of mineral oil and mineral oil products.
Separators have disk or annular chamber bowls. They operate continuously in respect of the discharge of the liquid phases. In respect of solids discharge they work either discontinuously (e.g. discontinuous disk-type centrifuges which must be stopped so that the collected solids can be removed by hand), semi-continuously (self-desludging disk type centrifuges = self-cleaning separators) or fully continuously (nozzle-type separators).