Olive Oil Recovery pdf, 1.9 MB - GEA Westfalia Separator

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Olive Oil Recovery pdf, 1.9 MB - GEA Westfalia Separator

The Latest Chapters in a LongSuccess StorySince the 1930s, GEA Westfalia Separator has supported industrial productionof olive oil. With innovative developments such as the environmentallyfriendly 2-phase system, the company now sets global standards for efficiencyand profitability.GEA Westfalia Separator can look back on more than115 years of tradition. Today, the company is the globalleader in mechanical separating technology. Its developmentsare used in a wide range of areas – in thebeverage and dairy industries, in recovering andprocessing oils and fats, as well as in chemicals,pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and starch technology.Other applications include marine engineering,energy, oil fields and industry. The ecologicaldimension is particularly noticeable in the field ofenvironmental technology. Based on this extensiveexperience over many years, GEA Westfalia Separatordevelops and builds customized centrifuges especiallyfor the olive oil industry. If required by the customer,we can also supply entire process lines, incorporatingall the components from acceptance of the olivesthrough to oil polishing.Olive oil is one of the oldest of all cultural assets. It isthought that olive trees were being cultivated as longas 6000 years ago in Asia Minor. Around 1600 B.C. thePhoenicians spread the use of olives through Creteand Egypt to the rest of the Mediterranean region.By now, nutritionists have long since discoveredwhat makes the “nectar of the gods” so valuable. Thenative Extra olive oil is ascribed the best compositionof saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, making it thebest of all edible oils.Industrial production of olive oil has been supportedby GEA Westfalia Separator since back in the 1930s.Until well into the 1970s, after crushing, stirring andheating it was standard practice to squeeze the oliveusing hydraulic presses and to separate the liquidobtained into oil and water phases in small diskseparators or static sedimentation tanks – a verycomplex procedure with relatively low outputs.While initially only separators were supplied to theindustry, later on also powerful 3-phase decanterswere used.3-phase technology involved diluting the olive pulpwith water, enabling the oil to be separated off fromthe solid matter and water – an economical method,but one which, because of its requirement for hugevolumes of fresh water, placed a significant burdenon the environment. The quantities of waste wateralso proved to be an ecological problem.Environmentally-friendly 2-phase systemThe crucial advance came in the form of the 2-phasesystem. This was a method developed in the early1990s by GEA Westfalia Separator, which uses noadded water for dilution and produces correspondinglyless waste water. As well as reducing the incidenceof waste water, the high yield and premium productquality are further benefits of this method.The decanters with Westfalia Separator ® cetectechnology introduced in 2001 brought a furtherincrease of between 1 and 2 percent in the yield.In addition, special methods are now used to preparethe pomace and the process water. The latestdevelopment from GEA Westfalia Separator is thecombined scroll ("Combi-scroll"), which enables a3-phase process to be easily converted into a 2-phasesystem. The most outstanding feature of this specialdesign from GEA Westfalia Separator is the fact thatthe decanter provides the same throughput requiredin both processes.4GEA Westfalia Separator

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