GEA has introduced the latest, advanced and multifunctional aseptic filling technology, the Fillstar CX EVO.

The new system provides beverage industry customers with the capacity to easily shift between different types of products, from carbonated to still beverages and vice-versa.

The integrated control unit of the system requires minimal reprogramming, eliminating product changeover times that previously would have taken approximately three hours.

“Our customers feel the need to react quickly to changes in demand.”

The changeover from contact filling to non-contact filling is also fully automated.

To ensure complete sterility, GEA’s Fillstar CX EVO technology uses a counter-pressure volumetric electronic filling valve and has the capability to handle high and low acid beverages, along with aseptic soft drinks with different carbonation levels.

The system can fill products with up to 20mm-long fibres with a 3mm diameter.

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When integrated with an aseptic piston doser, the Fillstar CX EVO can fill even fruit pieces with a volume of up to 10mm³.

Bottle sizes and shapes can also be easily changed.

The high-performance GEA system will have a capacity of 54,000 bottles each hour.

GEA blowing, filling and packing vice-president Alessandro Bellò said: “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.”