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 to optimise processing for meat operations including beef, sheep, pork, goats, calves and deer.
Our red meat processing systems include complete abattoir design, incorporating all the systems and equipment to process beef and sheep product from hot to cold.
Having worked in the red meat industry since the 1950s, we pioneered many of the technologies which have shaped the operating environment today. For example, the inverted processing system, where carcasses are suspended by their fore legs during the pelt removal process, was pioneered by Milmeq in New Zealand in the 1980s; today it is recognised as setting the global standard for sheep and deer processing delivering superior food hygiene and operating efficiencies.
Our industry-leading plate freezers and chilling and freezing tunnels have been deployed in meat processing operations around the globe, delivering improvements in operational efficiencies as well as product quality.
The Milmeq Fully Automated Stock Transfer (MFAST) system is now revolutionising materials handling for meat processors, offering superior efficiency in operations, use of space and quality of product.
The following systems and equipment have been developed to enhance processing operations within the red meat industry.
Chilling and freezing tunnels are another innovation that was pioneered by Milmeq in the 1970s. Today we supply custom-designed automatic tunnels to the meat, poultry, dairy, seafood and horticulture industries.
MILMEQ® Chilling and Freezing Tunnels employ an air blast based system that provides uniformed conditioning to either chill or freeze product. Application of very low temperatures in a controlled environment enables a fast chill or freeze; typical cycle times range from two to 48 hours.
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.
The integrated controls and automation designed for each system application allows for operator changes to the set retention time. The controls also deliver complete tracking of all product within the system.
Tunnels can be designed to operate with a variety of refrigerants depending on customer specifications and desired cycle times, in order to integrate with other process flows within the facility.
Our tunnels come in two distinct designs: the MILMEQ® Single Retention Time (SRT) Tunnel and the MILMEQ® Multiple Retention Time (MRT) Tunnel. Follow the links below to learn more about each of these.
The MILMEQ® Single Retention Time (SRT) Tunnel is designed to accommodate varying product types and carton sizes that all require the same chill or freeze time.
The SRT can be designed to either chill or freeze product. The single retention time, the enclosure temperature and air velocity will be calculated depending on the temperature of product entering the system and the desired temperature for exit.
The SRT tunnel is a first in, first out system which means all cartons complete a full rotation within the system. The carton in feed and out feed conveyors are therefore positioned at one end.
These interfacing materials handling systems can feature multiple levels to decrease the load and unload times.
The SRT tunnel is suited to high throughput of products within food processing operations that require the same conditioning.
The MILMEQ® Multiple Retention Time (MRT) Tunnel is designed to accommodate varying product types and carton sizes that require different chill or freeze times.
It is a completely automatic air blast based system that provides flexibility to apply different cooling regimes for different groups of product.
Shelves within the system are allocated different retention times and the interfacing conveyors pre-sort and accumulate product types allowing transfer onto a designated shelf depending on the product retention time.
MRT tunnels are used for chilling or freezing and under some circumstances can do both in the same tunnel.
The shelves move at different paces and the in-feed and out-feed carton conveyor transfers are typically placed at both ends of the tunnel.
The MRT tunnel is suited to food processing operations that have a range of products that each require different conditioning.