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Cheese residues 'are history with IWM'

02 December 2011

The problem of cleaning tenacious residues from the moulds used in cheese manufacturing has been solved comprehensively and effectively by the new range of purpose-designed cheese mould washers from Industrial Washing Machines

These compact and energy-efficient machines are available with throughput capacities of up to 800 moulds per hour and can accommodate moulds of almost any type, size and shape.

IWM high throughput cheese mould washers are based on the company’s proven range of tunnel-type tray washers which are in widespread use throughout the food-manufacturing sector.

The mould washers, however, have up-rated pumps and a specially designed jetting system which ensure that even the most convoluted moulds with intricate perforations are cleaned completely and consistently. For the smaller user, IWM also have a special version of their popular Edi13 ALTA cabinet utensil washer that is perfect for low volume washing of cheese hoops and moulds.

The machines clean the moulds using a process that involves a sustained hot water and detergent jet wash, high temperature hot water rinse followed by a coldwater rinse. The hot water wash and rinse cycles are re-circulated to enhance economy and energy efficiency, and the coldwater rinse, which uses fresh water from the mains, is solenoid controlled so the minimum of water is used consistent with delivering consistently excellent results.

Options are also available for air knife blower systems to remove surplus water or dry the moulds if required.

Because acidic detergents are frequently used in the washing of cheese moulds, the major functional parts of the machines are fabricated from corrosion-resistant T316 stainless steel to guarantee durability. In addition, the whole machine has been carefully designed to minimise maintenance requirements, and to make routine servicing fast, easy and inexpensive.

On the conveyorised models, the system used to transport cheese moulds through the washers is based on a flexible stainless-steel conveyor with adjustable guides. This arrangement allows the machine to be used to wash virtually any type of plastic or stainless-steel cheese mould in common use, as well as all ancillary bands, presses and mould attachments.

IWM cheese mould washing machines are available in standard versions that suit the vast majority of applications, but can also be customised to meet the special requirements of individual users.

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