Milk Processing Equipment for Small Farms: 3 Big Questions

A worker checks her reconditioned milk processing equipment to ensure quality.

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for small scale milk processing equipment or high-volume dairy production solutions—you always want to make sure to ask the right questions before the purchase is finalized. That’s especially true when you’re looking for used dairy equipment for sale.

So, what should you be thinking about when making your decision? Sure, price is one thing to consider. At the end of the day, though, it’s more important to understand what you’re really getting for your money. After all, a great “deal” isn’t really a deal if it causes headaches down the road. Here are three questions to ask your equipment company before placing your order.

1. Is the Used Dairy Equipment Professionally Refurbished or Sold “As-Is?”

Let’s start here. There’s a big difference between used dairy equipment that is sold as-is and reconditioned milk processing equipment that has been professionally restored to its original factory specifications.… Read more

How to Prevent Food Processing Equipment Breakdowns

A worker records notes in her equipment maintenance log.

Stainless steel tanks. Centrifugal pumps. Filling and packaging machines. Heat exchangers. What do these types of food processing equipment have in common? They’re all susceptible to normal wear and tear. Some wear is cosmetic and doesn’t affect performance or the integrity of your product. Other wear, however, can be an early warning sign of equipment failure. In this post, we’ll share our easiest maintenance tips for preventing food processing equipment breakdowns and reducing costly downtime.

Routine Maintenance Beats Routine Equipment Failure

Keeping up with the regular maintenance of your food processing equipment takes time out of your day. No doubt about it. And, while you may be able to skip a few spot-checks here and there, eventually it could catch up with you. So, the simplest, easiest thing you can do to help prevent equipment breakdown is to follow the manufacturer’s recommended preventative maintenance schedule. Often, that means regularly inspecting and lubricating parts, swapping worn components with new ones and keeping a detailed equipment maintenance log of what was done and when.… Read more

Installing CIP Systems: 3 Important Factors to Consider

A food production plant manager considers a CIP system for her brewery.

Clean In Place (CIP) systems can reduce the time it takes to sanitize your food-grade stainless steel tanks, positive displacement pumps and other processing equipment. This means less manual labor for you and your staff which gives everyone time back in their day to focus on other important tasks. Who doesn’t like the sound of that? But, before you get ahead of yourself, you need to determine whether or not your food processing equipment is compatible with a CIP system in the first place.

1. Are Your Stainless Steel Tanks Designed for CIP?

If your processing system is newer, there’s a good chance your stainless steel tanks are already compatible with a CIP system. These tanks are specially designed to work with the “spray balls” that the CIP system uses to clean and sanitize your equipment from the inside. However, even if you’re using an older processing system, there is a possibility that ports can be added to your tanks to allow the spray balls to get inside and do their job.… Read more

Food Grade Stainless Steel Tanks for Expanding Businesses

A production manager and her assistant evaluate the performance of used stainless steel tanks and equipment.

So, you’ve just landed a private label or contract manufacturing account for a new client who wants to ramp up quickly. Or, maybe you’re a local craft beer or specialty food company who produces its own products. Either way, when business starts booming, you need to be able to answer the call or risk opportunity passing you by for the company down the street. That means you’re going to need food grade stainless steel tanks and other processing equipment so you can meet demand.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of purchasing used stainless steel tanks versus new stainless steel tanks direct from a manufacturer.

Option 1: New Stainless Steel Tanks for Sale

At Zwirner Equipment, quality reconditioned stainless steel tanks and other food processing equipment is what we do. However, we’re not here to tell you that buying your equipment from us is your only option. In fact, if money and turnaround time are not obstacles for you, purchasing new stainless steel tanks and other equipment direct from the manufacturers of your choice is a perfectly fine option.… Read more

How to Increase Dairy Production: 3 Surprising Tips

Dairy farmer stands in front of his cows and uses a tablet to record milk production data

A cow that is milking can eat about 100 pounds of feed each day. That adds up. So, if you run a dairy farm, you obviously want to get as much milk as possible out of your feed costs. In this post, we’ll share three tips for helping your dairy cows meet or exceed the production average of six-to-seven gallons of milk per day.

1. Cows that Rest Longer Produce More Milk

Believe it or not, even a small increase in the amount of time your cows spend lying down can have a big impact on dairy production. Why? Well, it all comes down to blood flow to the cow’s udder. Simply put, when a cow lies down, blood flow is 25-30% faster, according to some estimates. Even just one extra hour of down time per day can make a real difference in your milk tank.

2. Dairy Cows Love a Predictable Routine

Humans are creatures of habit.… Read more