The ideal way to develop new products

What you can do

You can perform the tests on your own raw materials, with your own staff, and your own packaging options. This ensures valid small-scale testing results, which can easily be converted into industrial scale production. Depending on the application, the pilot plant can run batch or continuous production.

How to get started

  • A service engineer will train your staff for one or two days to familiarize them with the plant’s features and the scope for adjusting process parameters.
  • Membranes will be delivered together with the pilot plant.
  • Thorough plant cleaning instructions are provided.
  • Requirements

    The pilot plants require supplies of compressed air, steam, water, power, and possibly chilled water. The pilot plant lessee or owner is responsible for connecting the plant to the necessary utilites and product pipes. All plants are equipped with clamp connections for easy connection of hygienic pipes to all product and service equipment. Flow meters and regulators provide easy control of the flow to and from the plant, the concentration factor, and the plant temperature.

    Almost any application can be tested, including:

    • milk and fermented milk
    • sweet and sour whey
    • condensate
    • cheese brine
    • coconut water
    • rapeseed, grains, nuts, rice, soy
    • pea, potato juice and other vegetable liquids
    • fermented broth 
    • and many others
    Applications for membrane filtration
    Features

    Smooth and simple operation

    Pilot plant design is simple, ensuring easy operation by anyone. The plants are equipped with swing bends for retentate and permeate and a fixed connection for the feed product. It is also possible to make either hose or pipe connections for all four plant designs, if required. The pilot plants are equipped with a feed pump, a loop pump for recirculation, a small balance tank for collection of either permeate or retentate, and a discharge pump for the same product. All process data is collected and can be extracted via a USB as a CSV file. The pilot plants must be cleaned only with standard membrane filtration detergents added manually to the balance tank. Additional functions, such as automatic CIP dosing and a separate prefilter, are available for purchase. The ceramic pilot plant for microfiltration is designed for semi-automatic operation and is flexible with regard to pore size.

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    Our range of pilot plants

    Spiral-wound Pilot Plant, Multistage 60 bar from Tetra Pak

    Spiral-wound Pilot Plant, Multistage 60 bar

  • Automation mode: Batch, optional continuous
  • Automation: Semi-automatic
  • Membrane type: RO, NF, UF, MF
  • Feed volume: 60 - 10 600 l
  • Dead volume: 300 l
  • Pressure rating: 3 - 60 bar
  • Pressure source: Pressure pump
  • Crossflow source: Circulation pump
  • Heat exchanger: Multitube on/off valve
  • Auto diafiltration: Optional with DF pump
  • Data logging: USB - CSV file
  • Size: 3 361 x 1 450 x 2 200 mm
  • Spiral-wound Pilot Plant, Multistage 40 bar from Tetra Pak

    Spiral-wound Pilot Plant, Multistage 40 bar

  • Automation mode: Batch, optional continuous
  • Automation: Semi-automatic
  • Membrane type: RO, NF, UF, MF
  • Feed volume: 600 - 1 500 l
  • Dead volume: 200 l
  • Pressure rating: 3 - 40 Bar
  • Pressure source: Pressure pump
  • Crossflow source: Circulation pump
  • Heat exchanger: Multitube on/off valve
  • Data logging: USB - CSV file
  • Size: 2 640 x 1 250 x 1 940 mm
  • Plate and Frame Pilot Plant, Ultrafiltration from Tetra Pak

    Plate and Frame Pilot Plant, Ultrafiltration

  • Automation mode: Batch, optional continuous
  • Automation: Semi-automatic
  • Membrane type: Flat Sheet
  • Feed volume: 100 - 300 l
  • Dead volume: 110 l
  • Pressure rating: 3 Bar
  • Pressure source: Pressure pump
  • Heat exchanger: Multitube on/off valve
  • Data logging: USB - CSV file
  • Size: 2 788 x 1 169 x 1 950 mm
  • Ceramic Pilot Plant, Microfiltration from Tetra Pak

    Ceramic Pilot Plant, Microfiltration

  • Automation mode: Batch, optional continuous
  • Automation: Semi-automatic
  • Membrane types: Ceramic with UTP or GP
  • Feed volume: 68 - 1 225 l
  • Dead volume: 230 l
  • Pressure rating: 3 Bar
  • Pressure source: Pressure pump
  • Crossflow source: Circulation pump
  • Heat exchanger: Multitube on/off valve
  • Auto diafiltration: Optional with DF pump
  • Data logging: USB - CSV file
  • Size: 1 850 x 1 450x x2 553 mm
  • Insights

    Test in our Product Development Centre or rent a pilot plant?

    Food producers are launching new products based on dairy, plant-based and alternative ingredients at a high pace to match consumer trends. What is most optimal: testing at Tetra Pak or renting a pilot plant?

    The key to success with product development is knowledge about the pre-treatment of the raw materials and about how the individual components of the raw material are separated with the greatest possible precision to be combined into new foods. Membrane filtration plays the main role in these processes.

    A great variety of filtration applications

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