GEA launches filling system with seamless changeover

Technology group GEA has launched its latest generation of aseptic filling technology: the Fillstar CX EVO. The multi-functional system has the capacity to seamlessly switch between different types of products, from carbonated to still aseptic beverages and vice-versa.

The usual product changeover times of approximately three hours are a thing of the past as the new system eliminates them thanks to its integrated control unit merely requiring reprogramming. The changeover from contact filling to non-contact filling is fully automated, thus system sterility is not interrupted.

The Fillstar CX EVO can handle high and low acid beverages, as well as aseptic soft drinks with varying carbonation levels, to ensure complete sterility. It can fill products with fibres up to 2 millimetres  long and with diameters of 3 millimetres,and when integrated with an aseptic piston doser the system can fill even fruit pieces with a volume of up to 10x10x10 millimetres. Bottle sizes and shapes, which are important for producers to attract consumers’ attention, can be easily changed.

The market is increasingly demanding such multi-functionality, said Alessandro Bellò, Vice President of Blowing, Filling & Packing at GEA.

“Fashionable products, such as liquid food with cereals, fruit particles and berries, RTD teas or milk-based low acid beverages are becoming ever more common on supermarket shelves. Producers are reacting by replacing standard products and shifting their production processes to allow for greater flexibility and innovation.

“Our customers feel the need to react quickly to changes in demand. Our technical solutions lay the foundation for a dynamic response.”

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