Crailsheim-Dinkelsbühl dairy plant receives modernising update

German dairy plant Milchwerk Crailsheim-Dinkelsbühl will be seeing its milk treatment area modernised, according to GEA. Completion is planned for early 2023. Milchwerk Crailsheim-Dinkelsbühl supplies associated cheese dairies with pretreated – purified, heated, and mixed – milk.  

The Baden-Württemberg company processes around 150,000 tons of raw milk from cooperative suppliers every year and prepares it to produce Balkan cheese, pasta filata, Kashkaval and grill cheeses 

“In Crailsheim they face similar challenses to many other small and medium-sized dairies: Sustainability and digitalisation are taking hold – and they can only be implemented by using efficient high-performance technologies and consistent process planning,” says Steffen Rathmann, managing director of GEA TDS.  

“To tackle these issues, which are so omnipresent in the industry, we develop the process and technology design based on the specific conditions on site. It makes us proud to have the opportunity to set up the technical backbone for the future success of our customers like Milchwerk Crailsheim.” 

In addition the dairy has opted install a GEA automation solution, which analyses industrial processes batch by batch as a software-based video recorder. This reveals dependencies, errors, and their causes, which can be easily fixed and improves both production as well as product and process safety. 

In order to connect the cheese dairy to the machine room in Crailsheim, GEA will also technologically modify various tank farms, fundamentally rebuilding all valve blocks and the cheese milk tank farm. To ensure high microbiological quality, the dairy will get a new pasteuriser with surplus cream cooling and two new thermisers. Additionally, two new calcium chloride stations, which increase yield and improve product quality through stabilised rennet gel, will be installed. 


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