Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2009

Simplicity to the power of three for Serac dairy development

By Neil Merrett

- Last updated on GMT

Serac says that simplifying the often-costly process of aseptic production for dairy goods by providing reliability and safety along with improved cost effectiveness remains key to its product development.

“Aseptic packaging production [needs] equipment to be ready to produce at all times, not to waste it with intermediate sanitations or endless preparation procedures,”​ said a group spokesperson. “The equipment has to be sturdy.”

The company is this week demonstrating ongoing developments to both its ESL (Extended Shelf Life) line and dosing technology at the Anuga FoodTec show, which finishes today in Cologne, Germany.

The technologies, which the company claims have been continually developed with modifications made as recently last year, reflects what Serac says is the evolution of its three-pronged focus.

“Even if it is a high end technology, [processing products should] be the lowest in operational and maintenance cost on the market to justify its choice,”​ added the group.

Dairy push

In specifically looking at challenges affecting dairy processing, the group said that offering full production line technology to meet strong demand within the industry for filling and capping was a major ambition.

Bottles and cups are the core of dairy packaging and we provide innovative and cost effective solutions for both,”​ stated the company spokesperson.

In demonstrating both its ESL line and the Nova Neo dosing product at Anuga, technology the group described as being at a 2008 level of development, Serac says it has promoted some of its more recent advances.

Magnets

One such development that the company says has been born out of a forty year ‘love affair’ with magnets is the potential of its nozzle design for aseptic filling.

Used within the ESL line, magnetically-controlled nozzles have been adopted by the company to remove the need for a pneumatic cylinder or a servo motor to generate movement in the device to reduce potential leakages that can lead to product contamination.

“We have developed many generations of magnetic valve where the link between the actuator and the valve is a magnetic field, which by nature cannot generate contact and pollution,” the company said.

The Nova Neo has been designed by the company as a means for dosing thicker, harder to manage products such as yoghurts, cream deserts or rice pudding.

Serac says that the index rotary machine was a development that the group hopes can extend the Nova brand beyond its domestic French market.

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