Tetra Pak® Draining Matting machine 2 is custom designed to meet the specific requirements of your individual plant. This enclosed, continuous, automated machine for production of granular or matted curd cheese includes custom designed features that enable you to pre-salt the curd when making low moisture cheese; or wash the curd at several possible locations when making higher moisture cheese.
The Tetra Pak Draining Matting machine 2 is the industry's most versatile curd conveyor offering the flexibility to vary your make from matted to granular curd.
For production of Colby or Monterey Jack cheeses, the machine has optional curd washing devices, which can be configured according to need.
Note: The Tetra Pak Draining Matting machine 2 is only available on the US market.
Curd is fed gently from the in-feed header system, via two inlets, into the tipping weir. From there, it flows evenly across the full width of the screen. This gentle process and even distribution contribute to minimizing losses of fat and fines. The weir can be programmed to empty periodically, ensuring that curd is completely cleared at user-specified intervals.
The machine’s self-tensioning, self-tracking belt consists of a series of moulded polypropylene sections that are linked together with plastic pins. The flat rigid surface of the belt allows for agitation of the cheese, while generating minimal fines. The polypropylene material prevents curd from sticking to the belt surface, and enables fast and easy cleaning.
Wedge wire screen
The wires on this screen have a specially designed triangular cross-section, which removes the maximum amount of whey, while allowing the curd to pass. It separates the whey so efficiently that the curd is almost fully de-wheyed before reaching the bottom of the screen.
To maximize production during CIP, the machine can be configured with a CIP isolation device, allowing production to continue on the lower belt while washing the upper belt.