Focus: cheese manufacturing equipment

Focus: cheese manufacturing equipment – Buyers Guide

Johnson/Nelles has implemented advancements including several capacities in the Concrete Pit and both the Shallow and Deep Tank systems, expanding the line to 12 space-saving models suitable for all brine-type cheeses. Features include complete submersion of the cheese blocks and constant recirculation of full-strength brine during the entire brining phase.

JOHNSON/NELLES CORP.

Draining/matting conveyor systems, available in both two-belt and four-belt models, provide more uniform product quality, the supplier says. The PLC-automated control system ensures smooth, problem-free sequencing during the operational procedure, and woven polypropylene belts are operated by a specialized tracking system designed to promote long belt life.

DAMROW CO.

The 60,000-lb. horizontal cheese vat uses relatively small diameter knives, which means less difference in speed along the radius of the blade assembly. The twin shaft, when in the cutting rotation, will produce very uniform sized cubes from the coagulum. Reducing over-cut will lower the amount of fines and decrease fat lost to the whey, the company says.

SCHERPING SYSTEMS

A new customized mix-proof valve system features multiple actuator stems, each with full stroke capability, permitting positive position verification for each valve stem. Each of the three valves in the compact system regulates the flow of a separate substance.

TRI-CLOVER INC.

A new line of cheese equipment from Tetra Pak includes special knife designs to minimize the loss of fats and fines in certain cheeses; patented press machines for better yields; and automated systems to provide optimize output and reduce waste.

TETRA PAK INC.

Vacuum Product Transfer Systems from Kusel move product to the final filling operation without pumping and reduce product damage and air entrapment, the supplier says. System features include a 200-lb. capacity stainless steel transfer tank; 5-hp stainless steel liquid ring vacuum pump; filter system for sterile air; and control panel with PLC.

KUSEL EQUIPMENT CO.

Urschel size-reduction equipment allows processors to change the type and size of cut for a variety of product applications. All units operate continuously at high production capacities, and feature simplified design for easy cleanup and maintenance. Additional savings are realized with a larger percentage of usable product, less waste, and fast, efficient size reduction, the company says.

URSCHEL LABORATORIES INC.

Low-concentration whey protein concentrates (WPC) are ultrafiltered in this multiple-stage, continuous ultrafiltration plant to produce high-concentration WPC. Systems process 21,500 lbs. per hour of WPC 34 at about 10% total solids into 2,940 lbs. per hour of WPC 80+ at about 30% total solids.

APV CREPACO INC.

Stoelting designs, manufactures and installs customized systems and automated control systems for cheese-makers. In both the design and manufacturing stages, Stoelting engineers use the latest CAD/CAM techniques to ensure high-quality machinery.

STOELTING INC.

A new packaging product consisting of a high barrier film tube and end sheets for aging 640-lb. cheese blocks has been introduced by Curwood. The film is coextruded in seamless tube form, then perforated on a roll in 44-in. sleeve lengths for easy tear-off. Spools can be wall-mounted.

CURWOOD INC.

The FiltraPak [TM] system helps processors control wastewater and sludge disposal problems by reducing disposal costs up to 90%. FiltraPak also helps business owners and managers better manage their business in less time with more profits, the supplier says.

DIAGENEX INC.

Central high-pressure (CHP) spray cleaning systems from Sani-Matic can be used in any cleaning operation that requires multiple work stations with any combination of high-pressure rinsing, foam cleaning and spray sanitizing. Features include central high-pressure supply unit, automated liquid level and temperature controls and multiple remote drop-stations.

SANI-MATIC SYSTEMS

CleanTech [R] handwashing systems help decrease the risks of foodborne illness associated with unclean hands, the supplier says. CleanTech systems also use less than one-half the amount of water used for manual handwashing. The cycle is clinically proven to be 60% more effective at removing pathogenic bacteria from the hands than manual handwashing, the company says.

MERITECH

Sparta has introduced the 45S-HD heavy-duty “Hercules” hand scrub brush featuring soak-proof design and pistol grip handle, plus extra-heavy gauge nylon bristles for added toughness. Hand scrub is 8 in. long with a 11/4-in. bristle trim.

SPARTA BRUSH CO.

PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Designed for sanitary applications in the dairy, beverage and confectionary industries, Waukesha Universal series pumps are ruggedly constructed with 316 stainless steel body and shafts. The Universal series delivers greater flow capacity, pressure capability to 200 psi, as well as more flexibility, offering a wide variety of features and options for different industries.

WAUKESHA FLUID HANDLING

Three new double-seat mixproof valves from G&H ensure product security by preventing the mixing of two different products (and/or CIP liquid) flowing through the valve at the same time. Three versions are available, each with its own unique set of benefits. Collectively, one valve replaces two or more single-seat valves, saving space, control valves, communication links, and overall installation costs.

G&H PRODUCTS CORP.

Monitor’s continuous measuring (CM) devices provide accurate, digital level readings of materials in tanks, silos and bins up to heights of 200 ft. Available in both standard and explosion-proof configurations, the CM products, often referred to as “plumb bob units,” provide a quick and reliable level reading for liquid and dry bulk applications.

MONITOR MANUFACTURING INC.

The new Icore HS3 metal detector, developed especially for the food, pharmaceuticals and packaging industries, will reject products as small as pills with metal contamination of as little as 0.2 mm diameter. The Icore HS3 is mounted on casters for portability, and features a plastic insert that can be quickly changed and cleaned.

RAMSEY TECHNOLOGY INC.

A new patented Product in Product system enables frozen novelty processors to fill alternate molds. The system can produce shapes within shapes, brilliant color combinations, flavor fusions and more. Product in Product can be applied to all Sidam in-line stick novelty systems.

PROCESSING MACHINERY & SUPPLY CO.

WCR plate heat exchanger gaskets are available at exceptionally low prices, the company says. WCR also completely reconditions and regaskets all makes of heat exchanger plates. WCR service includes non-abrasive cleaning, dye-penetrant testing, and regasketing with oven-cured adhesives.

WCR

The new Votator Model SLS182 shortening system can be used for chilling and plasticizing margarine as well as shortening. Refrigerant control system can be used with ammonia or freon. The SLS182 is one of four stainless steel model sizes available, and can produce up to 10,000 lbs./hour of shortening or up to 7000 lbs./hour of margarine.

CHERRY-BURRELL PROCESS EQUIPMENT

WAREHOUSING & DISTRIBUTION

Westfalia’s automated high-density storage systems for refrigerated and freezer environments can reduce building size and increase existing storage space by up to 40%, the company says. Westfalia’s unique Satellite [TM] design allows storage of up to 12 pallets deep per storage lane. The Satellite’s precise encoder positioning technology enables pallets of different lengths to be stored in the system.

WESTFALIA SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY INC.

The new HS-30 series of high-speed case stackers will single stack up to 30 cases per minute. Other feature highlights include all stainless steel construction, unique tubular framing with integral air reservoir, compact size and state-of-the-art PLC. Series also includes a model for a rectangular 24-qt. plastic case.

DEAM CO.

New track bodies celebrating Hershey’s 100th anniversary feature a new decal layout, fiberglass molded reinforced plastic exteriors, and seamless fiberglass interior floors, walls and ceilings. They are insulated with ozone-friendly urethane foam–thickness of 7 in. in the floor, 6 in. in the ceiling, and 5 in. in the walls–and have Johnson’s exclusive Thermo Design molded fiberglass spacers to maximize temperature retention.

JOHNSON TRUCK BODIES

SUPPLIES & SERVICES

Complete performance and design material on the new dairy plant configuration of King Co.’s DFOC make-up air systems are available with SCFM capacities up to 120,000 and BTU/hour outputs from 3,888 to 15,552. These units feature cooling via environmentally friendly direct expansion refrigerants, chilled water or ammonia.

KING CO.

A new microfiltration pilot plant is available to dairy processors. Niro’s plant is completely equipped with the latest technology for testing the most challenging products, the company says. The pilot plant uses ceramic membranes, which are resistant to degradation from harsh chemicals, and capillary membranes, which are very hydrophilic with low fat and protein absorption.

NIRO HUDSON INC.

PACKAGING

New float ball level control (FBLC) system from Fogg Filler features a pneumatic valve, mounted on the cover of the filler bowl; the valve is controlled by a mechanical ball. The system maintains product levels within [+ or -] 3/4 of an inch and has a response time of approximately five seconds for replenishing product.

FOGG FILLER CO.

Innovative, economical form/fill/seal dual chamber unit-serve packaging promotes freshness and a quality product image for yogurt, fruit and cereal combination products for extended shelflife, the supplier says. The portion packs are formed, filled and sealed on a single Hassia machine.

HASSIA USA INC.

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