Liquid milk analysis moves from lab to dairy production line
FOSS announces the MilkoStreamTM FT, a new analyser for controlling the fat
and protein content of liquid dairy products before they enter the dairy
production process, giving a dramatic improvement in yield for dairy producers.
The new solution is initially for sale in North America and Pacific regions.
Real-time picture of milk content
reveals profit opportunities
milk going into a production is known as milk standardization and is a key tool
for ensuring efficiency in dairy production. With more knowledge of the fat and
protein ratio in incoming milk, a plant manager has more power to control downstream
processes with less waste, for example in cheesemaking or dairy powder
standardization of milk has typically involved taking a sample from holding tanks
twice an hour. But getting a good representative sample can be difficult
because the contents of tanks are often inhomogeneous. With MilkoStream, a
sensor measures every seven seconds, (480 measurements an hour) directly in the
dairy process, giving a virtually real-time picture.
The improved flow of
analytical data helps to move production targets closer to specification. Based on industry
trials of the solution, this can increase product consistency and reduce production
variation by 20%. Continuous control of milk ‘on-the-fly’ also reduces the need
and associated cost of buffer tank solutions and saves time on manual sampling and
world’s first true Inline FTIR analyser
uses Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) – a technology that is well proven for
accurate testing of liquid dairy products, for example with instruments like
the FOSS MilkoScan FT 120 and MilkoScan FT1. The patented FTIR probe provided
by the new MilkoStream now allows this powerful FTIR analysis to be applied directly in the
process pipe. It tests five key
components Fat, Protein, Lactose, Total Solids, SNF with in-process
repeatability of (Sr) 0,015 on fat and protein and with an accuracy comparable
to individual measurements from MilkoScan instruments used in the laboratory.
Consistency of performance is ensured by an automatic reference check.
Cleaning of the probe is performed as part of normal CIP routines, making it
very low maintenance.
Built for the job and quick
to get up and running
Based on 40 years
of experience with in-line analysis, the
MilkoStream FT hardware is built for solid performance with minimal
maintenance. It is quick to install and backed by a global support network of more than 200
engineers. Interfaces to major PLCs and Scada systems are provided.