GEA creates new separator skid for Indian dairy industry

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GEA recently delivered and commissioned a newly-developed skimming separator for Indian ice-cream manufacturer Dinshaw’s Dairy Foods Pvt. Ltd. in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Dinshaw’s also offers a range of milk-based products. The customized plug & play separator skid has a processing capacity of 20,000 liters per hour. Capable of processing mixed milk types, the separator ensures product safety, sustainable production and maximum product yield, GEA said.

“As part of our company policy to regularly upgrade our infrastructure, we were looking for an intelligent milk skimming separator that would optimize our overall production efficiency and minimize fat losses,”​ said Sushil Kr Verma, vice president, Dinshaw’s Dairy Foods Pvt Ltd.

“We wanted a partner who could deliver exceptional technology in a very short time. This was our first collaboration and we look forward to many more meaningful collaborations in the future.” ​

One challenge for GEA product managers was to customize the new skimming separator to process different types of milk. As cow milk and buffalo milk are not collected separately in India, the milk supplied is a mixture of both. This means solids and fat content vary daily and seasonally.

The new solution is based on GEA’s ecocream separators. The company said the customized separator skid meets the requirements of the Indian dairy market, including flexibility, robustness and affordability.

The plug & play separator skid was integrated into Dinshaw’s existing infrastructure and fits into the plant’s future automation requirements.

“Dinshaw’s is very happy with the performance of our machine. So are we, because we are helping the Indian dairy industry achieve its business goals,”​ said Deepak Singh, vice president, separation and flow technology division, GEA India.

The GEA ecocream 200 separator skid for Dinshaw’s Dairy Foods has a skimming capacity up to 20,000 liters/hour, fat losses in the sludge of less than 0.1, a skimming efficiency of less than 0.06 (per Gerber method), can handle milk solids up to 17%, and is a plug & play type machine.

GEA said it is suitable for future automation, as it is compatible with SCADA and PLC, and includes features such as a fully hydraulic bowl ejection system and maintenance-friendly flat belt drive.

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