GEA unveils industrial fryer of the future for high-quality fried foods

GEA unveils industrial fryer of the future for high-quality fried foods

Main image: GEA ProFry: GEAs new industrial fryer for high-quality fried foods. Top left: High-quality deep-fried fish sticks with the GEA. Middle: Deep-fried mozzarella sticks - processed to a high standard with the new GEA ProFry deep-frying system. Top right: High-quality fried chicken with the new fryer, GEA ProFry. Source: GEA

GEA has unveiled a new industrial fryer whose design focuses on sensitive areas in the production process and “sets new technology standards” with its patented oil circulation and conditioning system.

According to GEA, ProFry also puts data transparency and traceability at the forefront of the system for high-quality fried foods – like meat, fish, vegetables, poultry and especially tempura – meaning advanced control continuously collects process data from several data points in the machine.

Luuc van Lankveld, GEA product owner frying, points out that the ProFry builds on the proven predecessor solution and our 50-years-plus technological knowhow and experience.

“It achieves greater process control, improved hygiene, better productivity, enhanced product quality and consistency. The possibility to collect much more data during the production process is an important step in the direction of artificial intelligence,” he adds

A patented oil measurement system means high-quality cooking oil is fundamental to the frying process. The new system gives much better control of the oil condition and achieves up to 30% better oil flow compared to its predecessor.

It automatically collects data from within the machine and establishes the precise oil condition at any moment, replacing the need for manual sampling, alerts the operator to any divergence from optimum levels, and allows adjustments to be made, inline, without stopping the machine. The automated, inline oil measurement is GEA-patented.

This level of control means that the quality of the frying oil can be maintained at a constant level by topping up with new or used oil as required. For some applications, it may be possible to match the volume of top-up oil with that taken up by the product, and so run the machine almost continuously, with minimal need for cleaning.

The system is equipped with scrapers and filters to remove sediment from the oil, preventing it from burning and therefore helping to maintain high oil and product quality. Limiting sediment build-up also reduces abrasive wear within the machine.

To optimise the production process, a GEA SmartControl HMI (human-machine interface) offers a simplified, personalised operator interface and insightful, easy to export data.

Through a 21.5-inch multi-touch screen, operators have total process visibility and can make necessary adjustments to keep each element in line with optimum levels. This level of process control ensures first-rate productivity with consistently high product quality.

The control system can be programmed with individual operator data to give full access control and provide information in the user’s preferred language. Tracking of changes by the user is also possible. Available through the HMI are internet access and information such as recipes, training manuals and machine diagrams.

The hood and kettle have been redesigned not only by making them stronger and more stress-resistant, but also better insulated.

A highly efficient heat exchanger optimises heat transfer to the oil, enabling a lower thermal oil temperature and therefore lower boiler operating costs. The frequency-controlled exhaust allows users to set the speed at the most efficient setting, resulting in an up to 8% lower energy baseload.

There are five models: 5m, 6m, 7.5m, 9m and the new 11m long version, each available with 650mm or 1050mm wide belts.

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