Membrane Filtration

Microparticulation

SiccaDania utilises a unique combination of a thermal and mechanical treatment processes for our Microparticulation design called μ-Pro™.

SiccaDania μ-Pro™ plant is designed for treating WPC 55-60 through thermal treatment in order to denature whey proteins and the mechanical treatment in order to form the accurate size of protein particle sizes similar to fat globules in milk.

Microparticulation is a controlled combined thermal and mechanical treatment of whey protein concentrate (WPC) for denaturation and creation of controlled sized particles at a size of 1 – 10 µm.

The SiccaDania μ-pro is an efficient design for controlling accurate particle size distribution. The combination of indirect heating and flash cooling before and after the actual shear action/heating and holding ensures the desired particle distribution. An added benefit is a complete process that is less prone to fouling and thus allow for longer operation time between CIP.

μ-Pro™ products can be produced from both sweet and acid whey concentrates depending on the final use. The final product is called Microparticulated Whey Protein Concentrate  (MWPC) and is used as fat replacer (same mouth feel as cream/coffee cream), protein booster for various drinks (sweet and acid based) and as MWPC powder for easy distribution to cater for production in areas without direct access to WPC from cheese/separator type fermented  products (quark, tvorog, fresh cheeses etc.)

MWPC can also be added back to cheese milk in order to boost yield, however, may not be accepted/desired in later whey processing.

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The benefits of μ-Pro™

  • Low OPEX combined with attractive CAPEX.
    • SiccaDania μ-Pro is a highly consistent and effective process.
    • SiccaDania μ-Pro Cost is also a cost-efficient process.
  • No use of scrape-surface heat exchangers
  • No use of a homogenizer
  • PHE for efficient preheating and flash cooling
  • Combined pump and regulating valve to control accurate heating and shear effect to reduce fouling
  • Controlled holding time combined with flash cooling to manage accurate size distribution
  • Capacity controlled by outlet pump
  • Dedicated automation based on proven SiccaDania Filtration application software and world-class PLC platforms

Dairy

  • WPC 55-60
  • Microparticulated (MWPC) products are used as fat replacer/protein boosters in a variety of products, such as
    • Ice cream
    • Yoghurt and milk desserts
    • Dressings, sauces, mayonnaise and fat emulsions
    • Fermented milk products
    • Protein-enriched milk drinks and yoghurt milk drinks
    • Nutraceuticals and powder ingredients
    • Other fat-containing food products (bakery products, chocolate and confectionary)

The benefits of μ-Pro™

  • Low OPEX combined with attractive CAPEX.
    • SiccaDania μ-Pro is a highly consistent and effective process.
    • SiccaDania μ-Pro Cost is also a cost-efficient process.
  • No use of scrape-surface heat exchangers
  • No use of a homogenizer
  • PHE for efficient preheating and flash cooling
  • Combined pump and regulating valve to control accurate heating and shear effect to reduce fouling
  • Controlled holding time combined with flash cooling to manage accurate size distribution
  • Capacity controlled by outlet pump
  • Dedicated automation based on proven SiccaDania Filtration application software and world-class PLC platforms

Process Data Description
Feed WPC 55 – 60 (TS 14 – 18% w/w) Sweet/Acid Whey
Inlet temperature 10°C
Outlet temperature ≤ 6°C
Output 500 – 3,000 kg/h MWPC Microparticulated WPC
Running time >16 hours between CIP Depending on the quality of raw material

 

Consumption data*

SiccaDania  μ-Pro

Capacity (kg/h) ** 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,500 3,000
Electrical (kW) 46
Ice Water 2°C (kW) 40
Steam (kg/h) 22

*During production

**Higher capacities are available on request.