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GEA to Introduce New ProEdge Drive Freezing System at IFFA Show in May

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GEA will launch a new spiral freezer, the ProEdge Drive, at the May 14-19 IFFA international trade fair for the meat industry in Frankfurt, Germany. Featuring a drum-free design using fewer components, the equipment’s innovative spiral drive with patented sprockets ensures that the belt runs smoothly and extends the system’s service life. This freezer is well suited for the processing of protein items, as it particularly meets the desired requirements for high product yield.

Standard ProEdge Drive Series models are suitable for 400mm-, 600mm- and 750mm-wide lines and offer freezing capacities of 460 to 3,600 kilograms per hour of fully cooked products. This alternative to traditional freezing systems also offers more flexibility in adding tiers, increasing freezing capacity up to 12 percent for the same footprint. The reduction of the number of structural parts combined with external drives makes it easier to clean and maintain, resulting in enhanced hygiene and a lower total cost of ownership. Another important aspect is that the drum-free design also makes production more sustainable, as the consumption of resources such as steel and other components is greatly reduced.

Top Operating Performance

The GEA ProEdge Drive  is an intelligent freezer system that provides perfect synchronization of the drives in all operating environments. The innovative and patented sprocket construction is a top performer, even under the most demanding cooling, chilling, and freezing conditions. The positive-edge drive limits belt tension and allows less product movement on the belt. This helps to preserve the product shape and ensures safe product handling with smooth, continuous product flow. Multiple belt width and layout options offer a seamless integration into industrial processing lines.

The system integrates the Düsseldorf, Germany-based equipment manufacturer’s latest freezer innovations: continuous monitoring and control of product freezing with Callifreeze, optimizing and control of air temperature in the freezers with the dynamic Intelligent Valve System (IVS), and up to 14 days of operation without stopping to defrost with Sequential Defrost (SD) combined with Static Pressure Control System (SPCS) automated air balance.