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How to Create a More Efficient Centrifugal Separator

By: Quenton Lind
September 7, 2021 at 3:34 PM

“Where can you use centrifugal separators?” is a question that’s nearly impossible to answer. Centrifuge separation has applications across more industries than the average person can name — which would either make it a great or terrible question for pub trivia night. 

These high-speed industrial champions are vital to the processing of dairy products, beer, wine, paint, mineral oil, petroleum, fruit juice, ceramics, plastics, animal feed, pharmaceuticals… the list goes on.

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Why Dairy Plants Should Reexamine Their Industrial Centrifuges

By: Quenton Lind
August 11, 2021 at 10:45 AM

The dairy industry is a highly competitive market. Not only are dairy processing plants competing with each other, but trends over the last two decades or so have increasingly put dairy at odds with the ever-growing plant-based market.

When you’re trying to do more with less and stay neck-in-neck with the competition, it’s vital to invest in the best possible equipment. Pressure may tighten margins and arteries, but it also provides an opportunity to innovate.

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The Importance of Internships: How to Maximize ROI for Students and Companies

By: Quenton Lind
August 2, 2021 at 11:07 AM

Let’s set the scene: Your company is shorthanded and struggling to hire staff, high employee turnover may be a challenge, the job market is increasingly competitive, and experienced employees are costly. On the contrary, there are an estimated 300,000 interns in the U.S. annually. Interns are typically current students or recent graduates seeking hands-on experience within a professional setting. In many fields, having a degree is no longer enough to secure the all-important graduate job offer in today’s world. 

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Getting a Cost-Effective Cream Separator for your Dairy Plant

By: Quenton Lind
July 20, 2021 at 11:45 AM

Ten millennia ago, humans domesticated a small herd of wild ox in the Near East. And nearly 4,500 years later, they started milking them. Since then, humanity’s obsession with cow milk has spread into a multi-billion dollar industry and is still growing.

Ever since us clever homo sapiens figured out we could drink cow milk, the biological fact that milk separates naturally from cream has been part of that calculation. We’ve figured out how to make butter, ice cream (yum), cheese, kefir, and more recently, whey protein powders and probiotic yogurts.

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How Automated Centrifuge Controls are Changing Dairy Production

By: Jordan Vande Brake
June 30, 2021 at 8:30 AM

About 150 years ago, mechanized centrifugal cream separators hit the milk processing industry. People’s minds were blown. The technology flew off the shelves, and the dairy world exploded. 

Since then, the dairy industry has been able to grow at an unprecedented rate, and people have been wondering: what’s the next big innovation? What’s the next truly game-changing technology that will streamline industrial dairy processing?

Enter automation.

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The Basics of Industrial Centrifuge Maintenance

By: Quenton Lind
June 17, 2021 at 9:15 AM

When it comes to maintaining industrial centrifuges, the effort you put in really does come back to you tenfold. Centrifuges are large, powerful machines, and they do what they do exceptionally well. With the right amount of attention paid to maintaining these machines and safety precautions, centrifuges can provide decades of consistent and reliable performance.

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Top Insights for your Dairy Plant from our Automation Engineer

By: Jordan Vande Brake
June 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM

At Separators, we like sharing our hard-won knowledge and automated centrifuge insights with our clients. We believe that smart, driven plant managers and technicians value their equipment, and share a natural curiosity that leads to exciting innovations.

That’s why we prodded our seven-year veteran automation engineer, Jordan Vande Brake, for some insights into why he thinks automation will continue to play a vital role in dairy production facilities.

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How to Clean a High-Speed Vertical Centrifuge

By: Richard Schildwachter
April 22, 2021 at 7:00 AM

A dirty centrifuge can cause a host of severe problems, ranging from product contamination to costly equipment damage.

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10 Real Life Examples of Centripetal Force in Action

By: Quenton Lind
April 6, 2021 at 7:30 AM

Whether or not you’ve ever heard of centripetal force before, you’ve definitely seen it in action, and even felt it in your entire body.

In fact, you’re probably using centripetal force more often than you realize. Even some of your home appliances help you use it for everyday tasks (more on that later).

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How Replacing Centripetal Pumps Saved $15,000

By: Quenton Lind
March 18, 2021 at 9:05 AM

Sometimes, something as simple as a plant visit can save a facility well over $15,000. Here’s how it happened.

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