Tetra Pak and FOSS have launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
The partnership between Tetra Pak, global leaders in milk standardization and FOSS, experts in milk analysis, resulted in a fully integrated standardization process. The new solution utilises automation hardware and software algorithms that react and adjust in real time, offering unique guaranteed ratio performance. It delivers key data accurately every seven seconds, enabling quicker reaction times to ensure product quality.
The solution offers a range of benefits for customers especially in cheese and milk powder production, including:
o Advanced performance for fat to protein ratios significantly increasing profit
o Uniform and on-specification product quality 24/7
o Elimination of uncertainty associated with manual sampling
Tetra Pak Product Manager, Helen Sellar said, “Integrating our propriety software algorithm and the FOSS analyser in the new Tetra Pak Standardization units with continuous protein control results in the industry’s most advanced and optimal solution for in-line measurement and control. With process variation minimised and profitability boosted, the solution is expected to pay for itself in 2 to 4 years.”
Ib Haunstrup, Product Manager, FOSS said, “A key benefit of the integration of FOSS analytic software within the new Tetra Pak Standardization units with continuous protein control is the ability to test a number of components directly, eliminating the need for manual testing and enabling producers to run at very narrow margins between specified points. This unique technology supports producers to respond to changing market trends, such as increased demand for protein-enriched products, while also securing efficiency and product quality.”
Tetra Pak Standardization units with continuous protein control are currently being tested with a Finnish dairy manufacturer, Valio. Raimo Vehkoja, Production Manager, Valio commented: “The challenge we faced was that the existing line was coming to the end of its life cycle and maintenance costs were high. This new investment gave us more accurate fat to protein ratio, giving us better use of raw materials and constant product quality. It also drastically reduces maintenance costs.”
The new unit is available in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Germany, Holland, France, UK, Denmark, Sweden and Poland and will roll out to more markets in the next year.
Driving value for our customers
IDM asked Tetra Pak Product Manager Helen Sellar about the new standardization unit.
IDM: What makes the advanced version of the Tetra Pak Standardization unit better than the version before?
Sellar: The Tetra Pak Standardization unit with continuous protein control is the only available method for fast and accurate in-line measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products. This industry-first solution integrates Tetra Pak Standardization units with the FOSS MilkoStream FT – the world’s first truly in-line Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) analyser, which tests five components of liquid milk directly in the dairy process line without bypass or manual sampling. By delivering key data every seven seconds, this enhanced unit enables quick reaction times to ensure product quality and consistency requirements are met.
IFM: Can you provide data on the accuracy of standardisation that the new unit delivers?
Sellar: By providing lab-quality analysis every 7 seconds, the Tetra Pak Standardization unit with continuous protein control can guarantee ratio performance and thereby enable a more efficient process.
Since summer 2018, we have been running commercial tests with a cheese producer in Finland, controlling the fat to protein ratios in its products. Based on our success finetuning performance to optimise the customer’s results, we are confident in the solution’s ability to deliver accurate data, improve product quality – and thereby drive value for our customers.
IDM: Did Tetra Pak make a calculation of the possible gain a milk processor can get from installing the apparatus? And what may be the expected ROI?
Sellar: There are a range of variables that will influence dairy producers’ gains – namely the given product, the volume of operations, and the production site settings. On average though, the solution is expected to pay for itself in 2 to 4 years depending on the specific product set-up.
Indeed, a key advantage of this new unit is the opportunity to increase profits. Since protein and fat offer the highest value for producers, accurate measurement and control of fat to protein ratios through precise standardization can provide a significant profitability boost. Feedback from our field test customer highlights better use of raw materials – as well as reduced maintenance costs – as key benefits of this solution.
Source: Tetra PakAuthor: Sossna