Unit for the in-line blending of formulated dairy products and in-line standardization of components such as fat, protein and total solids
5,000 - 75,000 l/h
Tetra Pak In-line Blender D can be customised to handle a variety of recipes, including flavoured milk, cheese milk, standardised milk for dairy powders, lactic acid drinks, condensed milk and liquid formulated products amongst others.
Built-in control software regulates the quantity of ingredients used in the product mix. This highly controlled process gives a consistent product quality – a predictable end product for consumers and a consistent yield for producers. At the same time, it increases profitability since the high level of accuracy means virtually no ingredients are 'given away'.
Capable of handling up to eleven individual ingredients streams at the same time, this unit can be used to formulate almost any product. All ingredient and product parameters are managed by an advanced recipe manager using a mass balance equation. This keeps precise control of the product formulation and standardization process in order to deliver the product (on specification) to the next processing step.
With inline production, product flows through the system continuously. This method is economical for larger production volumes and, since it requires fewer tanks (compared to batch production), product losses caused by hold up volumes are considerably reduced.
Continuous production requires fewer buffer tanks than batch production, and hence the overall consumption of utilities is reduced. To give an example, the removal of one 20,000 litre tank reduces water consumption by 600m3/yr, power needs by 26,400 kWh/yr, and CO2 emissions by 13 tonnes/yr.
Thanks to an automated control system, all the operator needs to do is select a production recipe. This is then communicated to the Tetra Pak® In-line Blender D system, which executes the recipe without the need for further operator intervention. The amount of time an operator needs to attend to the unit is therefore negligible.
In continuous production, when switching from one raw material tank to another, there is a pressure drop in the ingredient in-feed line. This pressure drop creates a disturbance in the ingredient supply causing an incorrect amount of ingredient in the product. The SpotOn feature is designed to detect this disturbance, calculate its impact and directly compensate by topping up or reducing the amount of ingredients into the system. It thus ensures your product specification is always accurately fulfilled.
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