APPARATUS FOR DRAINING AND FORMING CURD, AND MODULE FOR INSTALLATION THEREIN
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Tetra Laval Holdings & Finance S.A.
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Tetra Pak - Patent Attorneys SE
Application number
EP23185301A1
Kind
A1
Document number
4321016
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APPARATUS FOR DRAINING AND FORMING CURD, AND MODULE FOR INSTALLATION THEREIN

4321016 - EP23185301A1 - EPO

Application Jul 13, 2023 - Publication Feb 14, 2024

Harrie SPIJKERMAN

Abstract

An apparatus is configured for draining and forming curd from a mixture of curd and whey. The apparatus comprises a vertical casing (10), and a module that is removably inserted into the casing (10) to define at least one vertical column (20) therein. The column (20) is configured to receive the mixture at its top and yield drained crud at its bottom. Non-perforated sections (B1-B3) and perforated sections (P1-P3) alternate along the column (20). Horizontal dividers (21-24) in the module define drainage chambers (D1-D3) for receiving whey from the mixture in the column (20) through a respective perforated section. To account for a decreasing flow rate of whey into the drainage chambers (D1-D) along the column, a lower drainage chamber has a smaller volumethan an upper drainage chamber. This will reduce the residence time of drained whey in the lower drainage chamber, thereby mitigating microbial growth.

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