Dairy Farmers of America, Capacity Expansion
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) operates a milk balancing plant that produces dry skim milk powder and liquid cream. Their capacity was limited by the HTST sterilizer and their centrifugal separator. This plant expansion increased daily processing capacity by 40 percent and allowed DFA to recover water via improvements to the plant’s separation processes. The energy efficiency of their drying operations was also improved via the use of membrane filtration and the recovered water will be utilized to reduce water usage during process cleaning. Our team provided DFA with a turnkey solution. Our design team provided process and construction engineering, procured the process equipment and construction materials, and provided self-perform and subcontracted construction services to design and install a reconfigured and upgraded HTST, a larger and more efficient centrifugal separator, RO membrane filtration for improved skim removal efficiency, and water recovery as well as water storage and distribution systems.
Our team’s integrated design and construction capabilities allowed DFA to work efficiently with our engineers, designers, and construction managers to plan and implement process improvements that fit within the project budget and time constraints. DFA was able to install a practical system that meets the plant’s production goals, safety needs, and regulatory and environmental requirements.