There were a number of major concerns with an existing vat and the manual systems used to operate and clean it.
Product supply security was a key issue. The existing vat had failed a number of times over the last few years and the client was unable to assess whether or not it could be repaired if it failed again.
Safety; Manual handling of concentrated cleaning chemicals and the manual operation of filters containing hot cheese (95 deg.C) had caused burns to operators in the past.
CIP & Hygienic; The manual system didn't clean the plant well. It utilised very complicated cleaning circuits which were not well thought out, resulting in dirty plant.
Project Value: $2 Million
Duration: 12 Months
Project Type: Turn-key, Brown field, Health & Safety managed under the Fonterra Safe Work System
Construction man hours: 3,000
A safe and reliable, clean plant which requires minimal operator input.