Centrifuges & Separation Equipment

Since 1893, GEA has been building centrifuges which combine high separating efficiencies, clarifying efficiencies and throughput capacities with maximum savings in terms of energy, water and disposal costs.

Smart solutions for separation

The manufacture of complex nutritional formulas may require multiple clarification and separation steps. Backed by decades of industry knowhow, technology and engineering expertise, GEA has developed a range of centrifugal separators that can be configured to ensure optimum functionality, with minimal losses and fast, thorough cleaning to reduce down time.

Cream skimming

Raw milk and whey must undergo pasteurization and cream separation before they can be used as the basis for nutritional formula products. Raw milk contains approximately 4% fat, and separating the cream to produce non-fat milk can be carried out using either a warm milk separation process, or via a cold milk process that allows further treatment of the skim milk to generate products such as low heat formulas.

Our MSE/MSI equipment, Ecocream system and hyvol® proplus line of skimming separators give you separation functionality and options to match your processes. Designed to maximize yield and minimize product losses, whatever the final product requirements, our separation solutions can be configured to fit in seamlessly with your process lines, capacity and throughput, while meeting the most stringent hygiene requirements. Founded on green, environmentally sound concepts, GEA solutions will keep your processes sustainable, while giving you the confidence of top quality separation, every batch. 

All GEA separators are equipped with the innovative hydrosoft system. Engineered without high maintenance mechanical seals, and requiring no additional cooling water, the hydrosoft system combines the lowest possible feed pressures, gentle product intake and low shear forces, to offer the best possible separation efficiencies. 

Clarification for improving raw milk quality

The quality of raw milk or whey can be improved as soon as it arrives at the dairy, by passing it through a clarification stage to remove impurities that might affect downstream processing and final product quality. GEA separators are ideal for eliminating contaminants such as cells or blood from milk, removing cheese fines from whey, and cleaning the milk or whey of any dirt or dust from milking machines, milk lines and transport vehicles.

Hygienic, efficient clarifiers from GEA are easily integrated into a process line. Suitable for use with either cold or warm milk, our systems promise minimal product loss, and negligible leaching of valuable milk components, such as proteins, into the waste solids. Any resulting sludge from clarification can be routed straight to a neutralization or wastewater treatment plant, and the cleaned milk or whey transferred for processing. 

Ensuring microbial safety

Every nutritional formula producer needs to guarantee optimum hygiene and microbiological safety, so a bacterial clarification step to remove any potential contaminating microorganisms is essential.

Ultimately, you want the assurance of effective microbiological control, but without harsh treatment of milk or whey, to ensure that all the key nutritional components are retained. Rather than just inactivate microorganisms, our bacterial separation solutions physically remove bacteria and spores from the product. This can equate to reduced heat treatment time and temperature during downstream pasteurization, which further helps to maximize the nutritional value of the end product. Our CSE/CSI and ecoclear type bacterial separators are ideally suited to removing microorganisms from milk and whey, including heat-resistant bacteria and spores that can survive pasteurization. Choose a separator configured using the GEA proplus system and you can even combine effective removal of microorganisms with the recovery of valuable proteins.


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