Tetra Pak has launched an advanced version of its standardisation unit.

The system accurately controls protein and fat in dairy products to help customers ensure consistency and quality.

It is expected to strengthen Tetra Pak’s customers’ cheese and milk powder production, increasing profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.

The standardisation unit was developed in partnership with milk analysis experts FOSS.

Tetra Pak product manager Helen Sellar said: “Integrating our propriety software algorithm and the FOSS analyser in the new Tetra Pak standardisation units with continuous protein control results in the industry’s most advanced and optimal solution for in-line measurement and control.

“With process variation minimised and profitability boosted, the solution is expected to pay for itself in two to four years.”

The unit delivers key data accurately every seven seconds using automation hardware and software algorithms that react and adjust in real time. This enables quicker reaction times to ensure high product quality.

The solution is set to offer a wide range of benefits such as advanced performance for fat to protein ratios, on-specification product quality, and the elimination of uncertainty associated with manual sampling.

FOSS product manager Ib Haunstrup said: “A key benefit of the integration of FOSS analytic software within the new Tetra Pak standardisation units with continuous protein control is the ability to test a number of components directly, eliminating the need for manual testing and enabling producers to run at very narrow margins between specified points.

“This unique technology supports producers to respond to changing market trends, such as increased demand for protein-enriched products, while also securing efficiency and product quality.”

The new standardisation units are currently being tested by Finnish dairy manufacturer Valio.