The Tetra Pak® Casomatic system SC7 module enables you to produce cheese and whey of higher quality more efficiently than ever before. Tetra Pak Casomatic system SC7 provides a fully automatic and continuous system for whey drainage, pre-pressing, accurate cheese block formation and mould filling in one sequence.
Tetra Pak Casomatic system SC7 is suitable for the production of hard and semi-hard cheese types but by adding a de-wheying screen, granular types of cheese can also be produced.
The high capacity per column is reached by the application of a flexible whey drainage system. When producing a single cheese size Tetra Pak Casomatic system SC7 is the system to choose.
Tetra Pak Casomatic system SC7 offers the following advantages:
Dimple jacket cooling
A dimple jacket is wrapped around the conical part of the buffer tank, cooling the curd/whey mixture during filling, residence and emptying. This slows down the acidification process, thereby limiting the degree of variation in moisture content of the final cheeses from beginning to end of batch.
Buffer tank design
Based on many years of accumulated expertise and experience, we’ve developed a buffer tank with the optimal inner dimensions and agitator to maintain an almost constant ratio of curd and whey and a constant curd particle distribution. This results in a curd mixture of uniform consistency to be fed into the casomatic system.
The drainage system is divided into three perforated sections, gently draining off whey at each step until the desired amount (according to the pre-set recipe) has been removed - in order to create a stable, compact curd block. A regulating membrane valve is used to control the flow of whey and ensure the optimal amount is removed. The gentleness of the process keeps the product intact and minimizes losses.
Whey circulation system
A whey circulation system keeps the curd fines in the draining section in motion and prevents sedimentation. Flow dividers minimize curd build-up on the flanges of the inserts, limiting the growth of microorganisms during production and enabling a shorter CIP cycle.
Curd block forming
Once cut from the curd bed, the curd block is gently transferred to the front of the machine. The mould is presented underneath the sluice plates, which open swiftly minimizing friction when transferring the block to the mould.
Our advanced control software is programmed to continuously monitor production and minimize the effects of any unexpected disturbances on the line. Since the composition of cheese changes rapidly, it is important to compensate for any deviation in production by e.g. adjusting cutting height or cooling the buffer tank. The control system does this automatically, without the need for any operator intervention.
Presenting moulds to the columns, collecting curd blocks and transporting the filled moulds to the pressing system, the mould conveyor handles your product gently every step of the way. It includes a lifting buffering system to ensure the curd blocks land softly in the mould on the conveyor, and smooth transport from the columns to the presses.
Dosing chamber design
The enclosed dosing chamber is designed to allow whey to flow down from top to bottom, preventing any curd build-up. This continuous flow of whey is combined with regular flushing to minimize bacterial growth and enable longer production runs.