Got Milk? Cutting the Energy Bill of Dairy Production
In the homogenization section, milk is pumped at high pressures through narrow tubes, breaking up the fat globules into small particles which do not recombine so that the resulting homogenized milk has a consistent texture and taste. To build this pressure across the homogenizer tubes, electricity drives the pump which consumes a lot of electrical energy.
In the CIP section, it is used to clean the interior surface of pipes, vessels, process equipment, filters and associated fittings without the need to remove them. CIP typically includes an initial rinse of recovered water to remove heavy soiling, followed by hot detergent wash of caustic soda or acid solution and a final rinse of clean potable water.
Cleaning in Place
Sometimes high temperature sterilization is also used. Hence, CIP is a large consumer of water, heat and chemical consumption. The players in the dairy sector have slowly recognized the benefits of an efficient electrical distribution system that enables systems to continue operating for a certain length of time after an unexpected power loss.
Moreover, the perishability of milk and its byproducts leads to greater losses if not processed with utmost care and on time. This characteristic feature of the dairy industry poses many problems of competitiveness, flexibility, innovation, food safety and sustainable development.
DFemand for Innovation
There is a constant demand for innovation of new products by improvising the old formulations and it is critical to sustain in the competitive market. In addition, traditional mechanical/manual packaging is shifting and dairies are opting for safe, convenient and newer technologies to ensure the brands are appealing on the retail shelves.
Now, Schneider Electric is a global specialist in food and beverage solutions and energy management with operations in more than 130 countries. The company has taken a progressive approach to energy efficiency by designing innovative solutions using cost effective technology for reducing energy consumption by improved controls through its tested validated documented control blocks which are used in pasteurizer temperature controls, optimizing the CIP to reduce thermal energy, electrical energy, reduce water usage and reduce chemical usage.