Cheese making usually involves a certain number of separate processes and interruptions, making it somewhat tedious. Our aim was to supply our customers with a machine that produced top quality cheese premix without unnecessary steps and waiting times.
Process plant for cheese premix production
- Food industry
- End product:
Addition of milk powder and other powdered solids into a palm oil-milk concentrate mixture
The customer requirements:
- Capacity: 2500 kg/h
- Batch size: 2800 l
- Space requirement: 3.3 x 2.7 x 3.7 m
- Degree of automation: High, fully automatic, via recipe control
- Powder feed: Hopper
- Cleanability: Automated
- Fluid addition Automated and via IBC
- Solids content 40 %
Advantages compared to the previous process:
The individually configured system operates on the basis of a Conti-TDS. Liquid and powder are fed automatically into the process. As a result, the customer has a hygienic system that is ideally suited for use in the food industry.
- The process plant combines a Conti-TDS 3 wetting and dispersing machine as well as a process vessel with 2800 litres of useful volume, in addition to a side-mounted jet mixer, a plate heat exchanger and powder hopper, piping and fittings.
- The process plant features a compact design on a common base frame. The base frame stands on load cells. Metering of raw materials is performed via the load cells.
- Concentrated skimmed milk is metered out via load cells in the process vessel. Palm oil is added via one of the Conti-TDS intake nozzles. This leads to the creation of a stable emulsion within this process step.
- The second Conti-TDS intake nozzle is used to induct the powdered components, e.g. milk powder and a powder premix. These components are wetted spontaneously to form an agglomerate-free product.
- The product is heated and pasteurised via a heat exchanger integrated in the bypass circulation line.
- The finished product is cooled via a plate heat exchanger and transported directly into the buffer tank of the bottling plant via a displacement pump adapted to the discharge line.
- One of the big advantages of the process plant is its compact design: Many individual process steps were combined and bundled into the smallest possible space.
- Process steps that were previously performed manually can now be performed automatically by the plant control. Personnel expenses have been reduced significantly compared to the previous procedure.
- The process time was also reduced by more than 50 %.
- This process automation ensures a high degree of reproducibility. This also results in a predictable, consistent product quality.