Dairy Processing and Equipment

New pumps and valves technology for dairy processors

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Pumps from Meyer, Graco, PIAB USA, Ampco and much more!
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Edible dairy packaging and other green ideas

Packaging is not a big contributor to a dairy’s carbon footprint, but to consumers, it can be a symbol of a company’s eco-friendliness.
By Clay Detlefsen
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Besides producing recyclable cartons and wraps, dairy processors use compostable materials. Even edible packaging is possible.


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Writing standards for robotic equipment

Robotic automation equipment is common in the auto industry, but the wet conditions in dairy plants have created a need for equipment standards to comply with strict food safety and hygiene rules. Here is what we have done so far.
By Timothy Rugh
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Traditional applications for robot-based automation in food processing have been basic pick-and-place packing operations. On the processing side, dairy plants contain many applications that are repetitive or labor-intensive. These are perfect candidates for robot-based automation.


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Food safety

Making the most of lab testing equipment for dairies

Waiting for test results can slow down dairy processing. Faster testing methods cut wait time from minutes to seconds. In-line analyzers deliver information in real time.
By Jim Carper
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Speed, accuracy and consistency are three metrics that managers of dairy processing plants should be measuring. An on-site dairy laboratory can play an important role in achieving high values in each of those metrics.


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Test and measure

LactiWhey from Page & Pedersen analyzes sweet whey

Whey composition results provide management tools that help optimize profitability.
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A new instrument for analysis of sweet whey reports fat, solids, density, salts/minerals, lactose and protein in 60 seconds.


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Good cup, bad cup

Yogurt maker turns to vision system to eliminate leakers, dented cups

The ThermoChecker inspects the surface of 600 cups per minute, every 3 degrees, within 30 milliseconds.
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Industrial Control Inc., Zeeland, Mich., has developed an adaptable, high-speed 3D vision system to detect defective parts in existing systems in the thermoforming industry.  


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Equipment

Ross’ vacuum-rated high speed dispersers

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Ross vacuum-rated high speed dispersers are tank-mounted and raisable mixers featuring a laser-cut saw-tooth blade.
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Fortress Technology introduces new FM software for Fortress metal detectors

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Fortress Technology introduced its new FM software for Fortress metal detectors. This software has been developed to be compatible with all previously manufactured detectors and can be field installed on the company’s Phantom and Stealth models.


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Clean machines

A guide to electronic water treatment for dairy food and beverage processors

Electronic water treatment has been used by the food and beverage processing industry to remove fouling from equipment.
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Scale deposits, known as fouling, can cause a number of operational problems such as plugging of equipment, inefficient usage of chemicals and increased utility costs. Electronic water treatment is a solution.
 


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Meyer's Klean-In-Place II Rotary Airlock Feeder valve is ideal for dairy

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The USDA approved Meyer Klean-In-Place II Rotary Airlock Feeder is a special purpose valve suited for dairy and other food applications.


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Agropur, Natrel Division USA, St. Paul, Minn.

 At its Natrel Division plant in St. Paul, Minn, Agropur makes rBST-free white and flavored milk, heavy whipping cream, half n half, buttermilk, organic milk, nutritional drinks and shakes and sport drinks. Nondairy beverages (soy, rice, coconut, and almond) coffee creamers, broth and sauces. 

BehindtheScenes

This photo gallery contains additional, unpublished photos of dairy processing facilities featured in Dairy Foods magazine. To view more Behind the Scenes galleries go to our archives page!

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Milk/Flavored Milk and Non-Dairy Beverages: Opportunities in the Beverage Segment

This free webinar will cover methods and ingredients available to increase protein levels, processing issues related to high-protein beverages, future ingredients and opportunities for protein fortification, adding value to milk and beverages, niche markets for high-protein milk and beverages and case studies of Core Power and Fairlife.

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