GEA Showcases New CookStar 1000 Spiral Oven

GEA launches its new CookStar 1000 spiral oven for manufacturers of roasted, crispy-coated, and smoked products. The new oven is the next generation of the same trusted technology that has led the market for nearly 30 years, now with more power, precision, and performance.

According to a press release, each aspect of the CookStar 1000 has been refined by GEA engineers to deliver higher capacity, increased yield, improved product quality and consistency, more flexibility and greater efficiency than its predecessors. These enhancements allow manufacturers to dry, steam, cook, roast and smoke products in the same oven while increasing production, improving product quality, variety and reducing energy. Combined, these benefits add up to the most efficient spiral oven in the market. The new CookStar 1000 generates up to 25 percent more heating capacity than previous versions, thanks to improved heat exchanger technology. This also translates into increased throughput – up to 25 percent more – along with improved color and crispiness, and all within the same footprint. The additional power is tempered to ensure optimal airflow across the entire 1000mm width of the belt, horizontally and vertically, which guarantees more even cooking, resulting in fewer over-cooked products and higher yield. The improved airflow and additional capacity also increase overall efficiency and reduces energy consumption.

Three-zone cooking with improved booster impingement and air flow efficiency, combined with a unique patented oven balancing system, opens up completely new opportunities for regulation. The active, intelligent exhaust concept moreover provides perfect oven control with lower consumption of steam. The CookStar maintains the required dewpoint in each cooking chamber independent of external influences. Dewpoints can be set between 45 and 95 degrees Celsius (113 and 203 degrees Fahrenheit), at temperatures ranging from 50 to 250 C (122 to 482 F), as required by the recipe. The updated, more intuitive and larger control panel monitors all critical parameters improving the operator overview. Smart automation features improve the level of precision, improve the technical availability and make the oven less dependent of the operator.

The CookStar 1000 is the only spiral cooker on the market that can dry, steam, cook, roast and smoke products in a single machine, while giving manufacturers ultimate control over each cooking zone, for improved product quality and consistency, guaranteeing faster and more accurate roasting so products remain juicy on the inside and breaded products remain crispy on the outside.

Already available for third generation GEA CookStar 600, but now also introduced on the CookStar 1000 is the possibility to in-line smoke products. This makes CookStar 1000 the world’s only in-line spiral oven which can introduce freshly generated, purified natural smoke (from market leading specialists in liquid smoke, Kerry/Red Arrow). into its airflow. This option opens many opportunities to create a distinct and customized flavor and attractive color while maintaining quality, consistency and meeting extended shelf life requirements. Smoking time is cut from hours to minutes, making it easy for manufacturers to expand their portfolio to include fully-cooked, smoked products.

GEA introduces a new low-friction material for the guiding strips for the CookStar spiral ovens. The material, marketed under the name Endurlon®, lasts up to four times longer than Teflon, due to harder wearing and better temperature characteristics. Endurlon® extends the service life of the guiding rails by as much as four times which significantly reduces maintenance costs, while promoting high belt speeds (up to 30m/min) for products that require minimal cooking time.