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.

Experience and know-how for the efficient production of vegetable proteins and food ingredients

In view of the worldwide population growth as well as industrial progress in many developing countries and the associated growth of the middle classes, there is increasing demand for vegetable proteins and fermentation products for the food and animal feed industries. GEA supports this extremely varied and demanding market with customized separation solutions tailored to meet the specific requirements of the particular product, always taking into consideration the details of the overall process.

A pioneer in the field of separation technology for food ingredients: From the first yeast separator…

As a pioneer in the field of recovering fermentation products, GEA is able to look back on more than a century of experience. In 1904, we designed the first yeast separator for producing baker's yeast from corn mash or sugar molasses. Since that time, we have successfully kept pace with market developments and, together with our customers, have driven the market with innovative products and optimized process engineering. We support the industry in upstream and also in downstream processes.

In a wide range of different applications, this extensive experience and our unparalleled expertise mean that customers benefit from first-class technologies which consistently meet the challenges of modern industry for the production of food additives. For recovering and processing algae, yeast extract, starter cultures, dyes, etc. - GEA decanter centrifuges and centrifugal separators ensure maximum quality and a high degree of purity of the end products, gentle treatment of the sensitive cells and consequently maximum yields as well as reliable compliance with all requirements regarding sanitary and hygienic process management.

… right through to the latest high-performance separation solutions for the recovery of vegetable proteins

Quality and yield are benchmarks for efficient production processes in the recovery of vegetable proteins from renewable resources too. Only in this way are companies able to achieve economic added value and ensure the recovery of extremely pure proteins for an expanding global population and meet the increasing demand for animal feed. The separating technology of GEA not only enable yield potential to be utilized efficiently and proteins to be recovered in maximum product quality, our decanter centrifuges and centrifugal separators are designed for top separation efficiency, minimum energy consumption and hygienic process management.

  • Separation technology for economic and ecological recovery of vegetable proteins
  • More than a century of experience in the continuous development of centrifugal separators for processing fermentation products
  • High degree of purity, optimum quality and yield, gentle product treatment and sanitary and hygienic process management for reliable and efficient processes in the fermentation industry
  • Maximum yields and excellent product quality combined with minimum water and energy consumption for the recovery of vegetable protein


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