Ther­maflo strength­ens brand in In­done­sian mar­ket

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

The Hon Todd McClay, As­so­ciate Min­is­ter of Trade, and Grant Smith, Mayor of Palmer­ston North, vis­ited Ther­maflo to of­fi­cially open its con­tainer­ised dairy process plant ear­lier this year. Due to be shipped to In­done­sia at the end of Fe­bru­ary, a rib­bon cut­ting cer­e­mony was held for the con­tainer as it sym­bol­ises the unique de­sign Ther­maflo has put in to this project.

For the last 10 years Ther­maflo has been work­ing to es­tab­lish its brand within the In­done­sian mar­ket. With a num­ber of smaller jobs pre­vi­ously com­pleted it didn’t take long to es­tab­lish a rep­u­ta­tion as man­u­fac­tur­ers of high qual­ity pro­cess­ing equip­ment. This rep­u­ta­tion is what helped it land a project to de­sign and man­u­fac­ture a con­tainer­ised milk process plant for a well­known pineap­ple pro­ces­sor. The com­pany first got in touch with Ther­maflo in early 2013 as it was look­ing for a great way to make its busi­ness not only greener but to also de­velop a new dairy-based busi­ness. With the in­fra­struc­ture pur­chased the In­done­sian com­pany con­tacted Ther­maflo for its re­quired pro­cess­ing equip­ment. Ther­maflo pro­vided it with a unique con­cept that was cost ef­fec­tive and would pro­vide it with the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand its op­er­a­tion in the fu­ture.

The 40” con­tainer plant that Ther­maflo man­u­fac­tured for the com­pany con­tains a fully hy­gienic, process plant that will sep­a­rate, ho­mogenise and pas­teurise 1500L of raw cow’s milk per hour. Us­ing a four head in­line filler it will also be able to bot­tle all its own fresh milk and cream. With this unique con­tainer plant they are able to op­er­ate at the high­est in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and pro­duce a top qual­ity prod­uct.

Prod­uct is pumped from the raw prod­uct tank housed out­side into the level con­trolled pas­teuriser bal­ance tank. From here prod­uct is pumped through the re­gen­er­a­tive sec­tion of the plate heat ex­changer (PHE) by a cen­trifu­gal pump to the sep­a­ra­tor. From the sep­a­ra­tor, the cream is sep­a­rated and sent to the batch pas­teuriser for ther­mal treat­ment, and the re­main­ing skim milk is then ho­mogenised.

Us­ing the screw valve on the sep­a­ra­tor it is pos­si­ble to man­u­ally stan­dard­ise the prod­uct to con­tain a cer­tain per­cent­age of cream. A skilled plant op­er­a­tor would be re­quired, and still the fat level may vary by 1–2 per­cent due to a f luc­tu­a­tion in the to­tal solids in the milk be­ing pro­cessed.

Once the cream is sep­a­rated, the milk is then sent through the HTST pas­teuriser. The pas­teuriser heats the raw prod­uct to be­tween 73-80Co, for 15 sec­onds. This tem­per­a­ture pro­file is not the norm for New Zealand or Aus­tralian milk pro­cess­ing, but is very com­mon in an In­done­sian plant. Once the milk has been heat treated, it is then sent back through the heat re­gen­er­a­tive sec­tion of the pas­teuriser and then through the cool­ing sec­tion to exit at 4 Co or lower. Once this process is com­plete the milk is then ready to be bot­tled through the in­line filler.

From the sign­ing of the pur­chase or­der, it took the Ther­maflo team one month to de­sign the process f lows and to make sure all the equip­ment would fit in­side the con­tainer. Over the course of the fol­low­ing four months, Ther­maflo fab­ri­ca­tors built the process from the ground up. This in­cluded the sureshield f loor­ing and poly panel walls, the in­stal­la­tion of the ho­mogeniser, pas­teuriser, sep­a­ra­tor and all the nec­es­sary pipe work to connect each piece of pro­cess­ing ma­chin­ery. Along with the process plant that is housed within the con­tainer, there are also the nec­es­sary ser­vices that are housed out­side, such as the hot wa­ter boiler and air con­di­tion­ing. Th­ese will be shipped with a 20” re­frig­er­ated con­tainer that will be used to stock the fin­ished prod­uct.

Once the fab­ri­ca­tion was com­pleted at Ther­maflo’s premises its team com­mis­sioned the con­tainer plant at the work­shop so that it was ready to be ex­ported. The plant shipped at the end of Fe­bru­ary with a Ther­maflo staff mem­ber to train the lo­cal op­er­a­tors on­site and carry out the re-com­mis­sion­ing. With their 200-cow dairy herd due to ar­rive in the fol­low­ing months, it won’t be long be­fore a great new prod­uct hits the shelves in In­done­sia.

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