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The new Series 5 YTRON-Z in-line homogeniser

25 November 2014

proved to be a great asset to the Dairygold Food Ingredients plant in Leeds

Technical details of the YTRON-Z are as follows. The YTRON-Z has a stainless steel housing which is fitted with a reactor head that houses up to 3 rotor/stator sets with extremely fine radial tolerances. The liquid phase, together with suspended particles, is pumped through the rotor/stator set. Each set consists of three rows of intermeshing teeth. The “inline” principal effects defined and reproducible shear forces in a single pass. Parameters such as slot width, number of rotor/stator sets rotational speed and flow rate are selected to give the optimal result. 

This is a statement from Dairygold Food Ingredients Leeds. “We are driven by innovation. Innovative products continue to delight our customers and win awards so we have a constant flow of projects both product & process focused fed through the Dairygold joint Irish & UK based innovation and engineering team. In 2013 The YTRON-Z unit was identified as a possible product improver after its benefits in yoghurt production were demonstrated.”

After consulting Ytron-Quadro (UK) Limited a YTRON-Z inline emulsifier was booked for long term trials in DFI Leeds. Eric Dunlea from the Dairygold R&D innovation centre in Ireland and Howard Ibbetson, Dairygold Food Ingredients engineering manager, conducted exhaustive trials across the DFI product range. The outcome was extremely positive. Our already high product quality visually improved. Product was smoother and a ‘glossy’ effect was seen across all products. The lower fat variants gained body too which has now delivered what we feel is a “best-in-class” product. Starch is used in some products as a stabiliser, the presence of un-hydrated starch molecules in finished product is clearly not acceptable to our customers. The YTRON-Z gave us another tool to eradicate these occurrences and speed up our process without damaging the functionality of the starch.

The results were so conclusive that 2 YTRON-Z units were ordered in January 2014. These will be installed in the two production lines, packing bulk & smaller foodservice size packs.
The next stage in our development of the plant is to look at the hydration element of our process. Discussions are already underway between our two teams to identify and trial an appropriate blending unit that will allow the rapid hydration of water soluble powders without the risk of foaming and ensuring consistent balanced formula

Overall benefits of using Ytron equipment

Benefit

Details

Quality

Another assisting step in the process that guarantees eradication of protein micro gels that can be evident in reduced fat products

Product Appearance

Product now has as smooth a texture through the YTRON-Z as you’d expect to find in a product that’s passed through a second heating & homogenising step

Ingredient mixing

Guarantees consistent mixing of all ingredients providing a safety net covering variability on hydration/mixing up-stream

Product Viscosity

No adverse effect on viscosity (pumps usually shear) proven technology that stretches protein molecules, enhanced product appearance

Build up in packing filters

Better product flow and less starch loss as blocking of filters on packing line greatly reduced.

Filling

Products filled more continuously, reducing overfill thus increasing efficiency

Disruption

Compact size of the YTRON-Z makes for minimal disruption to previous process flow

 

 

 







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