Category: Dairy Equipment

The Think Tank

Dairy Equipment and Manufacturing FAQ

A picture of a collection of dairy equipment at a factory.

At Zwirner Equipment, we specialize in helping dairy manufacturers find the right equipment to meet their needs. With decades of experience under our belts, we’ve heard our fair share of questions when it comes to the dairy industry. And since the demand for dairy products is growing, we’d like to share our experience.

Whether you’re a seasoned dairy manufacturer, or are new to the industry, you’re going to have questions. It’s a natural part of any manufacturing business. When you have questions, finding the right answers isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions on the dairy industry and the answers to each one below.

Milk Pasteurization

What is UHT Pasteurization?

Ultra-high temperature pasteurization is a process where milk or other dairy products are heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit for two seconds before being quickly cooled down. Many dairy manufacturers use this process because UHT products have a longer shelf life.… Read more

The Difference Between Milk Pasteurization and Homogenization

A line of filled milk bottles on an assembly line at a dairy plant.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic has forced many of us make a lot of adjustments in our daily lives. One of the easiest changes to spot is actually in your local grocery store where essential products like milk and eggs are in high demand. In fact, some stores have even placed limits on the amount you can buy.

With milk in such high demand, consumers are paying more attention to the labels on the packaging of milk cartons. For some, this begs the question, what’s the difference between pasteurization and homogenized milk?

No matter if you’re in work mode as a dairy manufacturer or off the clock buying milk for your family, knowing the difference between these two processes is valuable. And in this post, that’s exactly what we’re going to explain.

What is Milk Pasteurization?

Simply put, milk pasteurization is the process of heating up milk, followed by cooling it down to get rid of bacteria.… Read more

How to Stay on Top of Dairy Equipment Maintenance

An image of cows at a dairy production plant.

Have you or someone you know gone too long without getting an oil change? Although it can be a little bit of a hassle, getting your oiled changed saves you from major headaches down the road. The same principle is true for dairy equipment. Staying on top of all your dairy equipment maintenance needs helps ensure your business keeps running smoothly.

And with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in full force across the country, your dairy equipment might be working overtime. If you’ve been to the grocery store lately, you may have noticed that eggs, milk, yogurt and other dairy products are in short supply. And your business’ production could even be hard pressed to keep up with demand.

During this unprecedented time, it’s important to keep up with your dairy equipment maintenance. One of the last things you need right now is a piece of stainless-steel dairy equipment breaking down. In this post, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can stay on top of your dairy equipment maintenance.… Read more

4 Factors to Consider with Used Dairy Equipment for Sale

Milk being mixed in a used stainless steel tank at a dairy processing factory.

The dairy industry seems to be getting more competitive by the day. For many small and medium sized dairy manufacturers, buying used milk processing equipment can help them stay relevant. It’s a great way to keep up with demand in a cost-efficient way. While the idea is simple, sometimes buying used equipment can be quite the process.

If you’ve ever bought a used car, you know that there are plenty of things to consider. Who was the previous owner? What type of reliability can I expect? These types of questions have a lot more weight when it’s your business that’s affected by the answers.

We know the considerations can feel overwhelming when you’re looking for used dairy equipment for sale. But what if you had a guide on what to look for? This post will help you identify four of the most important factors to consider when buying used milk processing equipment.… Read more

4 Myths About Milk Homogenization

A worker filling a container up with milk from a tank at a factory.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American drinks roughly 18 gallons of milk per year. Milk consumption has been high, which is part of the reason why homogenization was invented. The homogenization of milk consists of breaking down the fat molecules, so they are less likely to separate. This process used by thousands of dairy manufacturers helps preserve the shelf life of milk and keep people safe.

But, like many other food and beverage processes, the homogenization of milk hasn’t been immune to misconceptions. When some people see a milk homogenizer, they wonder if the process is still necessary.

Over the years, there have been several common myths surrounding the value of homogenization. In this article, we’ll bust four common myths about the homogenization of milk. It’s our hope that this information can help your business educate your customers about a process that’s key to a major component of the American diet.… Read more