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Raw materials for pizza cheese are made at the factory in Kilkenny, Ireland. In order to cope with the increasing demand for these products, it was necessary to carry out a complete renovation and upgrade of the existing dilute phase production lines for whey protein and lactose. This concerned the route from the existing spray dryers to the packaging machines. After the upgrade, the lines had to comply with the applicable EHEDG and ATEX guidelines.


  • Product: lactose and whey protein (WPC) powders
  • Pneumatic conveying: 18.000 kg per hour
  • Buffer hoppers: 5 m3
  • Filling capacity: 16 big-bags per hour


TBMA has installed new, fluidizing discharge systems and new, larger filter units onthe existing silos. The pneumatic conveying lines were fitted with new, hygienic rotary valves and diverter valves. In addition, a great deal of attention was paid to the cleanability of the installation and the increase of the life time (interval between service interventions).

The drop-through airlocks are special-duty versions suitable for lactose. In practice, the old valves that needed to be replaced had service intervals of just a few months. By using new rotary valves specially developed by TBMA for handling lactose, the life time is now approximately one year. Moreover, some of the airlocks are placed on mobile frames, which makes removal and maintenance easier. The rotary valves were tested on location in advance and were so well received that TBMA was allowed to carry out the total upgrade and renovation of the production lines.

TBMA also installed new receiving hoppers with air filters and fluidisation in one of the high-care packaging areas. A TBMA big-bag filling station is placed in the other packaging area, complete with roller tracks, vibrating scissor lift, weighing unit and dosing system, in addition to the existing bag filling line for filling 25 kg bags.


From the spray dryers, the pneumatic conveying system brings the powders to the designated silos, where the conveying air is separated via filters. The silos are equipped with level detectors and safety valves against unwanted overpressure.

The fluidisation bottoms in the silos ensure that the rotary valves are optimally fed. These valves then ensure that the correct amount of product is dosed in the pneumatic conveying system that brings the product to the buffer hoppers in the packaging area. The product passes a sieve, metal detection and an in-line sampler.

To save energy, the compressor is frequency controlled so that it can seamlessly anticipate the required capacity with minimal energy consumption. By monitoring the transport pressure, blockages in the conveying system are prevented.

To fill the big-bags, an operator hangs a new bag with its loops on the self-releasing hooks, after which the filling spouts is connected dust-free with an inflatable. Due to the hanging filling, the big-bag is slightly stretched during filling and the up and down vibrating lifting table ensures that the product is compacted and vented, creating a stable and maximally filled big-bag. During the final phase (fine dosing), vibrations are no longer performed and the big-bag rests completely on the weighing frame, so that accurate weighing is possible.

Components and systems

  • Fluidisation systems for silos
  • Filter systems for silos
  • Pneumatic conveying systems from the storage silos to the packaging lines
  • Diverters and shut-off valves
  • Hygienic rotary valves (lactose version)
  • 3 buffer hoppers with 5 m3 capacity
  • High-care big-bag filling line with vibrating table and precise weighing
  • In-line hygienic sampler
  • Roller tracks with scissor lift, control panels and software
  • Project design and engineering


TBMA designs and supplies rotary valves, diverter valves and other components for the processing of bulk solids goods. Our high-end equipment is suitable for conveying powders and granules in almost all industries.

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TBMA are specialists in the design and supply of components and systems for bulk solids handling. Our extensive range of high quality processing equipment is suitable for handling powders and granules with proven reliability in practice in a variety of processing industries. The highly qualified and experienced TBMA staff are well able to translate your requirements into the right execution and application of our components. We also offer the design and execution of complete projects, thus providing you with an efficient, reliable and sustainable solution for your process.

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