The BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer has been trusted technology for manufacturers of food and dairy products – such as nutritional formula, food ingredients, cream cheese, yoghurt-based drinks, protein-based drinks, ketchup, sauces and mayonnaise – for many years. The equipment provides users with the opportunity to test recipes and processes ahead of full-scale production: proving product recipe, optimizing product functional properties, design large scale production process and product validation. This helps customers to prepare recipes and establish process parameters before investing in full-scale plant thereby bringing new products to market more quickly and profitably. The BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer can also be used for long-term, small-scale production or test group evaluation.
The new design has addressed four key areas: hygiene, flexibility, efficiency and footprint.
The hygienic design has been updated to meet the strictest requirements of the food and dairy industry. This has been achieved through a series of detail changes, for example reducing the opportunity for dirt traps in the system, that help to prevent cross contamination through the high-shear device.
The BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer now features direct steam injection. This new development allows the equipment to be used for making soft cheeses and sauces that require steam injection as part of the process. This has increased the flexibility of the equipment allowing users to produce an even greater range of products on the same machine. Easy, efficient cleaning prevents cross contamination or product carry-over when switching batches.
GEA has used the Computer Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques, more usually used when designing full-scale equipment, on the new BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer. This allows the operation of the machine to be refined for maximum efficiency and to more closely harmonize with the results achievable on larger equipment.
A key feature of the BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer is its integral CIP system (Cleaning in Place). This further reduces the overall footprint of the plant as no separate CIP system is required. Integral CIP makes product changeover faster and both water and chemical consumption is reduced to a minimum.
For many years the BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer has been the benchmark technology for processors that require the flexibility of small batch production with easy scale up and trusted GEA technology. While the redesign has improved some key features, the core functions of the mixer remain the same. These include: high-shear operation to limit exposure to air thereby improving product quality and shelf life; and lowest point drainage for maximum product recovery. The BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer Functions also introduces powders below the surface so they are wetted more efficiently for fast processing and better mixing. These core functions combine to reduce batch cycle times, improve product homogeneity, increase shelf life and reduce time to market for new products.
GEA test facilities at Ahaus, Germany
The BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer is itself available for testing at the GEA test facilities at Ahaus in Germany. This gives GEA customers the opportunity to test processes and recipes before putting them into full-scale production. The facilities and expertise at Ahaus also provide the opportunity to test down-stream processes (such as UHT with direct or indirect heat treatment technologies and CIP) to establish the performance of the whole production line. The results obtained can be faithfully reproduced at production level.
The new BATCH FORMULA® Test Mixer will be on the GEA stand at ANUGA FoodTec in Cologne from 20-23 March, 2018.Click here for more information about GEAClick here for related articles and news on Batch MixingSearch for Batch Mixing Equipment manufacturers in our Equipment Guide
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