GEA launches ABF 2.0 filling system for shelf-stable, sensitive beverages and milk-based drinks
Food & Beverages Processing|July 2020
GEA launches ABF 2.0 filling system for shelf-stable, sensitive beverages and milk-based drinks
The new rotary Aseptic Blow Fill technology from GEA (ABF 2.0) provides beverage manufacturers with maximum hygiene and food safety and top performance in terms of filling speed, accuracy and flexibility. ABF 2.0 is suitable for the filling of shelf-stable, sensitive beverages and milk-based drinks, using H2O2 for the sterilization of PET preforms. With the ABF 2.0, GEA has used all its experience to optimize Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) while enhancing the control of key parameters to eliminate any potential risk to the product. The ABF 2.0 can fill a full range of sensitive beverages including still, clear drinks with or without particles, and carbonated drinks - high or low acid.

In the 1990’s, when the aseptic systems were enclosed in large white rooms to fill in a sterile environment, GEA launched in the market an innovative way to confine and minimize the air volume to be kept in aseptic conditions around the filler and so to protect the product: the Microbiological Isolator. With the ABF technology launched back in 2010 GEA has confined inside the Microbiological Isolator also the aseptic Stretch Blow molder, thus forming together with the filler and capper module a state of the art system for a product protection with no compromises and providing numerous benefits to users including reduced bottle weight, the option to develop increasingly complex and attractive bottle designs and allowing for the elimination of air conveyors, bottle sterilization and rinsing turrets. The whole system resulted more compact than traditional aseptic technology and required fewer operators.

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July 2020