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Milk Powder

SPX FLOW has a long history and excellent track record dating back to 1948 as a specialist supplier of milk powder production solutions and equipment with more than one thousand reference plants all over the world.

Challenges

Milk powder production requires the drying of liquid milk into a powder in which aromas, flavours and colouring as well as many important components such as protein, fat, carbohydrate, vitamins, minerals etc. are retained. Additional challenges are a uniform moisture content, particle structure and particle size distribution, solubility, dispersability, and wettability.

Process
After initial heat treatment to destroy all pathogenic and the majority of spoilage micro-organisms as well as inactivating lipase, an evaporator is used to reduce occluded air in order to extend shelf life, increase viscosity in order to achieve larger powder particles, and reduce the amount of energy required in the subsequent spray drying process. Gentle cooling and agglomeration ensure that the powder is ready for packaging.

Equipment
SPX FLOW supplies a range of Anhydro evaporation technologies, spray dryers, spray bed dryers and fluid bed coolers designed specifically for the production of milk powder.

Benefits

  • Complete control of moisture content, particle structure, particle size distribution, solubility, dispersability, and wettability, and retention of natural nutrients, aromas and flavours.

  • Optimized performance/cost ratio
    Energy efficient components, continuous and rapid evaporation, drying and cooling, ease of operation and process automation provide complete control over yield and costs.

  • Versatility
    Customizable plant design based on many years of experience in a wide range of applications is your assurance of complete compliance with your individual requirements.

  • Long service life
    Top-quality, reliable components, efficient and straightforward CIP and expert engineering increase service life and availability for maximum performance.

  • Traceability
    Automated process control enables end-to-end traceability in compliance with current food standards and regulations.