Cognis' QTA® System Helps Westfalia Separator Commission Biodiesel Plants in Record Time.

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Cognis' QTA ® System business unit is helping Westfalia Separator significantly reduce the start-up time of the biodiesel plants it is building throughout the world. By giving Westfalia Separator the ability to get accurate quality testing results on in process and final product in the less than two minutes, Westfalia's start up teams can produce in-spec B100 within the first day of start-up.

The fast and accurate testing approach of the QTA System helps us move through the commissioning process with speed and accuracy

Cognis Corporation, through its QTA® System business, recently announced that its biodiesel quality testing system is helping Westfalia Separator, a member of the global GEA Group, reduce the time to test, calibrate and commission the biodiesel plants it is building throughout the world. Westfalia's start-up teams estimate significant time savings as a result of getting accurate data on in process and final product within minutes of taking a sample.

"The fast and accurate testing approach of the QTA System helps us move through the commissioning process with speed and accuracy" said Constantine Triculis, Biodiesel Manager of Westfalia Separator. "Instead of taking hours or more between process adjustments, we are now able to test a sample in two minutes, adjust the appropriate process parameter, retest to see the effect of the process adjustment, re-adjust as needed and so on. The QTA testing system is a key tool we use to quickly produce in-spec B100 within the first day of start-up saving both Westfalia Separator and our clients time and money. The ability to get accurate results so quickly and the fact the analysis can be easily done at any time, by any member of the start-up team, makes the QTA System a part of all future Westfalia process start-ups."

Barbara Stefl, Cognis' Global Business Director, said, "The very same aspects of our testing system that are valued by our biodiesel customers-- quality testing in less than 2 minutes with patented accuracy --are also valued by design/build companies looking to improve the efficiency of their commissioning process. With robust, industry standard calibrations already in place, the QTA system can test biodiesel immediately at start up and throughout the commissioning process. Real time results on in-process samples helps get the process line tuned in and lined out faster, with almost no off-spec product.

Cognis' QTA patented BioDiesel Analysis starts by digitizing the light spectra of the biodiesel sample using proven infrared technology. Those spectra are then sent, via the internet, to Cognis' central database where algorithms converts the spectra, in real-time, into standard quality measurements that are viewed online. All this occurs in less than two minutes.

Cognis' QTA system is offered on a subscription basis and does not require any capital investment. The annual subscription includes an easy-to-use infrared spectrometer, software for a standard PC and unlimited use of Cognis' Chingometric™ centrally-calibrated algorithms that covert the light spectra into actionable information.

About QTA®
QTA® is a service business of Cognis Corporation -a worldwide supplier of innovative specialty chemicals and nutritional ingredients, with a particular focus on the areas of wellness and sustainability. The company employs about 7,700 people, and it operates production sites and service centers in 30 countries. Cognis' QTA® business provides on-site, ready-to-use analytical capabilities without additional investment in equipment or personnel. Patented, centralized calibration technology enhances accuracy. For more information on the QTA® system, visit

Cognis is owned by private equity funds advised by Permira, GS Capital Partners, and SV Life Sciences. In 2006, Cognis recorded sales of 3.37 billion euros and an Adjusted EBITDA (operating result) of 394 million euros.

About Westfalia Separator
Westfalia Separator with more than 110 years of innovation, first class engineering and comprehensive process capabilities is a manufacturer of centrifuges and a technology provider of specialized, centrifuge based, process lines. Westfalia is a part of the GEA Group based in Bochum, Germany. GEA reported 4.3 billion euros in sales and employed some 19,200 people worldwide. For more info visit


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