Cloma Fresh Milk, a dairy processor in Cork, Ireland was looking for a new pump solution which would protect the extremely sensitive buttermilk AND double their production output. This was a challenging task due to the potential for shearing during the pumping process.
The dairy had been using gravity to fill the bottling machine from a large tank. But due to the viscosity of buttermilk and the existing pipeline, production capacity was limited to around two cubic meter per hour. Additionally, the flow rate dropped once the fill level in the tank decreased.
SEEPEX recommended a progressive cavity pump from its BCSO range. The pump's minimal shear forces ensures gentle handling as well as a constant flow rate regardless of the tank’s fill level, making it ideal for the application. This pump provides CIP-ensured hygiene, and gentle pumping with low shear.
“Seepex BCSO food pumps with CIP connection meet the strictest hygiene requirements. They are designed for that very purpose. And they are able to move the most delicate products without problems, even buttermilk”, reported Bernhard Sommer, Application Manager, SEEPEX GmbH.
The new food processing pump exceeded all requirements. The production flow rate more than doubled - from two to five cubic meters per hour, and the pump runs at less than 200 revolutions per minute, ensuring steady, reliable operation.
“Ever since SEEPEX installed the system we have not had a single minute of unscheduled downtime. Next year Clóna Dairy is set to expand, and we will definitely be including SEEPEX in our planning again” reported Brian Welton, Clóna Dairy Products Ltd.
The SEEPEX pump solution has benefited Clóna Dairy in many ways; including greater production output, maximum product preservation, increased productivity with significantly lower maintenance costs, and a quick return on investment within less than twelve months.
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Information Source: Seepex Case Studies