This is GEA
GEA is an industrial group with some 18,000 employees worldwide. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, GEA has several branches in the Netherlands, including Den Bosch, which is the headquarters of the Dutch Refrigeration Division. In the field of Refrigeration, GEA is specialised in large-scale cooling installations.
Commissioned by GEA Faes designed and developed a compact demo case. GEA is an expert in cooling systems for industrial and commercial applications; for the food and beverage industry, dairy processing, oil and gas industry and shipping, among others. For a demo model of the GEA Omni™ control panel they were looking for a demo case, which Faes developed together with GEA.
Wilco Kanters, Manager E ＆ S Engineering at GEA, tells about this cooperation:
Wilco, can you tell us what GEA does exactly?
“GEA is an industrial group with some 18,000 employees worldwide. Headquartered in Düsseldorf, GEA has several branches in the Netherlands, including Den Bosch, which is the headquarters of the Dutch Refrigeration Division. In the field of Refrigeration, GEA specialises in large-scale cooling installations. The size and level of cooling of these installations varies widely. The chillers we supply to distribution centres, for example, are many times larger than those in supermarkets. But the refrigeration units we supply to the fishing industry, in turn, have a refrigeration capacity that is 3 to 4 times larger than that of distribution centres. That is because freshly caught fish must be frozen as quickly as possible.
What is GEA Omni™?
“GEA Omni™ is an industrial controller that enables optimal control and management of a compressor or a complete installation. Think for example of starting and stopping at the right time, or keeping the temperature constant.
This type of controller is very complete and includes a large number of standard options that other suppliers often have to purchase separately.”
How did you get in touch with Faes?
“In order to familiarize customers with the GEA Omni™, we use a few models for customer visits, trade fairs and training sessions. To transport these demo models we used to work with industrial demo cases from the USA. These were very suitable for transport by plane, but for transport by car we were looking for a more convenient solution that also had to look good. In our search we came across Faes.”
What was the result?
“After making an initial appointment, we quickly sat down together. I shared my ideas and Faes started working on them. After a first version, and some more adjustments, a second, final version came out. This met our wishes exactly. We now have a demo case with which we can use the Omni ‘plug-and-play’ for training purposes and demos.”
How do you think the cooperation with Faes went during this project?
“All in all, I am very satisfied with the way in which Faes thought along with us. They came up with insights and suggestions that I hadn’t thought of myself. As far as I am concerned, we will continue to work together when it comes to demo cases,” concludes Wilco.
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