UHT PLANT AND PIPEWORK FOR CREDITON DAIRY >

UHT PLANT AND PIPEWORK FOR CREDITON DAIRY >

Following a successful MBO, Crediton Dairy embarked upon a major upgrade using Tetra Pak as the process designer and supplier of key components.  Tetra Pak in turn recommended the mechanical installation contract be awarded to Sycamore Process Engineering.

Improved flexibility, future proofing, increased capacity, excessive product losses and a total reliance on outdated and unsupported control systems were the main reasons for the investment.

Mix proof valve manifolds replaced flow plates allowing raw milk and skim to be simultaneously imported, exported and sent to three aseptic processes.

A new UHT/ESL white milk, cream and flavoured milk plant was delivered from Tetra Pak in Sweden and installed by Sycamore.  The main pasteurisers for raw milk and cream were uprated to reduce start up times and control the load on the iced water plant.

Needless to say, new or upgraded services including CIP were required throughout the process and an entirely new control and SCADA system completed the investment.

Meticulous project management meant the site continued to be fully operational throughout the installation except for a planned shutdown of just four days leading to the site Project Manager Simon Forster commenting “Keeping the existing operation at near to full capacity was fundamental to us. With careful planning and the flexibility and commitment from Sycamore, we were able to achieve this during a very technically challenging changeover operation”.

 

 

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We were relieved that the delivery of this project, which was one of extremely high commercial risk, was executed so well that we did not see any commercial impact at all.

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Simon Forster
Project Manager