GE introduces new UF-RO product for drinks producers

GE has developed a new ultrafiltration (UF) and reverse osmosis (RO) system aimed at the drinks industry.

The new solution, BEVPAK, is for water treatment in drinks production, and is particularly suitable for production of ingredient water for carbonated soft drinks, juices, bottled water, and non-carbonated drinks.

The product combines UF and RO on a single skid, reducing the footprint by up to 30 per cent compared to using the technologies separately; and is designed to remove particulates, microorganisms, and total dissolved solids from challenging source water.

The skid system combines ZeeWeed 700B horizontal-designed, inside-out UF membranes, and BEV RO technology. ZeeWeed 700B membranes are blended polyethersulphone and permanently hydrophilic, reducing the fouling tendency.

“When compared to granular filter media and cartridge filters, the ZeeWeed 700B membrane produces superior water quality and is virtually unaffected by variable raw water quality,” GE said. The system is designed to be simple to install, and offers internet connectivity for remote monitoring.

“BEVPAK will give the beverage industry confidence that highly variable raw water can be treated to deliver the required product quality,” said GE Water & Process Technologies global leader, engineered systems, Kevin Cassidy.