Milmeq custom designs, engineers and manufactures equipment for primary food processing operations, providing the complete solution to take the product from hot to cold.
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Milmeq custom designs systems for any type of food processing operation requiring chilling, freezing or thawing of product.
In the 1980’s Milmeq pioneered the introduction of large scale plate freezing technology to the meat industry, along with air-blast chilling and freezing tunnels. Today our plate freezers and single and multiple retention tunnels (SRT and MRT) are recognised as setting the global standard for optimising operating efficiencies and product quality.
With the key goals of increasing shelf life, prevention of weight loss, maintenance of product quality and ensuring consistency of product for the consumer, we have developed a range of chilling and freezing technologies. Our systems are configured to provide a hands-free environment in order to improve operator safety, reduce handling and retention time, increase product throughputs and enhance inventory management.
Our chilling and freezing expertise also includes carcass spray-chilling systems for beef, sheep and deer and complete refrigeration engine room design and air conditioning of process environments.
Collaboration with the cheese producing industry on the newly adopted hot formed cheese block tower making process resulted in the development of the MILMEQ® Cheese Cooling Tunnel, then known as the Realcold Rapid Chiller, during the 1970s.
The Milmeq Cheese Cooling Tunnel provides a true first in, first out, 24-hour cooling cycle for cheese that ensures product quality, colour and flavour are maintained.
Our tunnels employ an air blast based system that provides uniformed conditioning to chill product. Application of very low temperature airflow in a controlled environment enables a fast chill, which can avoid bitter flavours developing in the cheese.
Milmeq tunnels allow control over air temperature, air velocity and retention time, meaning they can be custom designed to handle any product in a carton, box, case, mould, crate or plastic liner.
Interfacing conveyor systems provide completely automatic, hands-free loading and unloading of product, precisely timed to achieve the desired temperature. Eliminating manual handling preserves product quality and reduces the incidence of injury through strain.
Milmeq cheese cooling tunnels are suitable for chilling a range of cheese products, including block cheese (such as cheddar), mozzarella and cream cheese.