Tetra Pak has launched a new in-line blender to help dairy manufacturers enhance consistency and reduce costs.
The new Tetra Pak In-line Blender D features an automation platform that continuously gathers data and controls the precision of blending.
The blender can handle a range of ingredients in the dairy industry and can be customised to handle several recipes ranging between flavoured milk, cheese milk, standardised milk for dairy powder, lactic acid drinks, condensed milk and liquid formulated products amongst others.
Tetra Pak Dairy & Beverage Systems product manager Helen Sellar said: “Ingredients for formulated products can be expensive. Precision of blending means consistent quality, less ingredient give-away and more cost savings for customers, and that is exactly what this new machine seeks to offer.
?“Take the typical scenario of milk production with 3.0% fat. The new Tetra Pak In-line Blender D produces at a minimal variation of +/- 0.015 grams per 100 ml, down from the average 0.050 grams in a conventional system.
“With a production capacity of 20,000 litres per hour, operating 20 hours per day and 350 days per year, that alone means an annual saving of up to €180,000 for a manufacturer.”
In April this year, the company has launched a new condition monitoring service that is claimed to cut downtime and reduce costs for food and beverage manufacturers.
The service can predict machine failures before they occur and helps in maintaining downtime and the costs related to maintenance and unexpected failures.
The service is supported by Microsoft Azure Cloud and it offers real-time analysis of operational performance data from more than 5000 connected filling machine lines around the world.
Image: Tetra Pak releases new in-line blender for the dairy industry. Photo: Courtesy of Tetra Pak International S.A.