The commercial team have been busy with trials and development work over December and January, working with industry partners and associates to develop innovative products and techniques.
Jenny Newell reports: “December trials included concentrating waste material using the evaporator and spray dryer making it in to a food ingredient. This would be of use to the company concerned as it provides profit from what was previously a waste material, as well as reducing the cost of waste product being disposed of.
A second trial in December involved producing reduced fat cheese. A customer has been using our facilities and staff support to carry out a trial on blue cheese in the food innovation rooms.
January food trial – AMT Ltd
Advanced Microwave Technologies Ltd (AMT Ltd) are global leaders in the use of microwaves to heat and condition liquids, suspensions and semi solids.
AMT Ltd has developed a unique method of delivering microwave energy into flowing liquids, suspensions and semi-solids on a continuous basis. This technology uses conventional magnetrons, but is innovative because of:
1) the increased penetration of the microwave energy
2) the industrial scale of the process (continuous processing at up to 4 tonnes per hour)
Termed ‘Microwave Volumetric Heating’ (MVH), it is associated with significant technical, practical and economic advantages. Early adopters of the technology have come from within the UK food and drink sector.
In January AMT Ltd undertook a 3 day trial at Reaseheath utilising the APV UHT plant to test the technology for the first time on milk.Derek Allen (Senior Technologist) project managed the trial to a very high standard of delivery and the customer acknowledged his expertise and dairy industry knowledge together with the team in the Food Centre.
Dr Sue Gordon, Technical Marketing Manager, AMT Ltd commented: “We have really, really enjoyed our time working with you, and we have covered a lot of ground in a few days. Please also pass on our thanks to all at Reaseheath who have helped make this happen; we do appreciate the time and effort that was put in to make everything run so smoothly.”
AMT are now actively looking to engage with Reaseheath on future trial work and student placements.