Equipment of a new production facility with process plants for fruit processing and –refinement
Ruland was responsible for all production areas: starting with juice generation, the juice tank farm, the inclusion of existing concentrate plants, up to the finished product lines and the CIP-supply of all plants. To ensure an ergonomic operating height, the mixing tanks were lowered to an intermediate floor. The use of coaxial agitators in the mixing tanks ensures a homogeneous batch for the following continuous pasteurisation processes. To allow for maximum flexibility, depending on batch size and product needs, either plate- or scraping heat exchangers can be included in the process. Whichever is chosen, the resulting route is leakage-proof, so on parallel or crossing ways other production or cleaning may take place. This flexibility is also seen to when filling bag-in-box, bag-in-drum or stainless steel transport container by using sterile valve clusters. Within a single batch, switching to another filling system can be done without effort. For the cleaning of the production plants, Ruland built two central CIP plants. Finished product lines and juice generation are hereby strictly separated, carry-over is eliminated. This sees to the high quality demands of Iprona AG. Using a matrix, the complete 13 cleaning circuits were distributed in such a way, that overlap in the individual areas was minimised and production efficiency maximised. The most economically sound way in this area was reusing existing tanks by retooling them for use in a CIP plant. In addition to those areas, Ruland implemented a concept to use energy from water vapours that stems from the thermal concentrate plant.