The Tetra Pak® Cheese Vat OST SH5 is a horizontal vat for curd production of semi hard cheese types. It has all required functions for a controlled and predictable process, including filling of cheese milk, mixing of ingredients, coagulation of milk, cutting of coagulum, whey discharge, adding wash water, blending, emptying and CIP (Cleaning in Place).
The horizontal shaft design maximizes the first whey discharge and prevents lumps from forming after whey discharge. It gives a highly reliable, repeatable result, making this unit ideal for volume producers of several similar cheese types, for whom efficiency is key.
The knives are only welded at one end of the knife frame, which gives the system a degree of elasticity, and reduces the risk of bending or breaking. This enables a longer lifetime, as well as increased repeatability. Furthermore, our unique design has been shown to reduce losses of fats and fines, and to inhibit the build-up of curd during production, thus enhancing hygiene.
When it’s time to remove the whey from the curd, our high-capacity whey suction feature does the job quickly. It reduces the length of sedimentation time, thereby minimizing the fusing of curds. Consequently, when mixing begins again, less force is required to loosen the curd particles and create an even mixture. Losses of fat and fines are also reduced.
The control system can be used independently or fully integrated into your plant control system. Based on an analysis of the data generated, you can fine-tune your production to meet your priorities – such as preventing product waste or reducing processing time. It helps you get the best quality end product with the most efficient process, while allowing the maximum freedom to adapt recipes.
The seals can be accessed from the exterior or the vat without removing the drive unit. This makes them easy to reach for maintenance purposes. It reduces the time needed for servicing and increases safety of servicing. It also gets your production back up and running fast after a stop, with the minimum downtime.
The automatic dosing and distribution system ensures an even amount of rennet throughout the milk. In turn, this leads to accurate and even coagulation, thereby reducing product deviations and increasing yield. Since the manway doesn’t need to be opened to pour in rennet, hygiene is also enhanced.
The sensor contains an infrared light which detects when coagulation has begun. Based on this data, it calculates when cutting should start – leading to a more accurate and reliable result than is possible with manual control. If for some reason the milk is not coagulating properly, the sensor alerts the control panel, greatly reducing the downtime associated with this type of deviation.
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