For more than 30 years, Rietz-Bepex has been the go-to solution for continuous production of high-quality cottage cheese. Our integrated, automated cottage cheese production system ensures productivity, operating efficiency, and the highest product quality.
Bepex offers a comprehensive, integrated system for improving cottage cheese production and profitability. The proof is in the numbers: three fold increase in production capacity and yield. A 90 percent decrease in water utilization. And decreased production costs and smaller equipment footprint. Replace outmoded vats and batch production with the Bepex continuous production system and watch profits soar.
Increased Yield at Lower Cost
Continuous processing and complete automation lowers labor requirements and produces more product in less time. Cheese curds are gently processed in the Bepex system, offering less fines shattering, superior fines recovery, and reduced downtime. Due to precise control over curd quality and mixture, food processing engineers can modify the proportion of cream dressing to ensure consistent product quality while increasing yield. Plus the enclosed system minimizes the risk of contamination and wasted production runs.
Lower Water Usage
The Bepex system reclaims and recirculates water, reducing water requirements by 90 percent as compared to conventional vat processing. That lowers utility usage, cuts water waste, and reduces BOD loading and the potential costs of water treatment before drainage.
The continuous system replaces adding additional large vats, ultimately saving floor space for producers that are scaling their operations. Leverage your existing vats for the coagulation process, then use the Bepex system to streamline the rest of the production process.
All new inquiries begin with a feasibility study. These studies aim to provide preliminary insights into the viability of a commercial process. Using as little as 100 grams of material, we can begin early process design, develop plans for pilot-testing and/or confirmation, and begin providing early economic estimates. Our experience across our wide range of technologies gives us a unique ability to provide quick feedback on the feasibility of your process.
From our learnings, we’ll begin the process development work. The primary work in this phase takes place in the form of pilot-scale testing in our Process Development Center. Our pilot tests look a bit different than what you may have experienced in the past. Each test is designed to measure the system performance and feasibility rather than that of any single machine.
Each system is custom assembled for each test. Our goal is to provide as much of a pilot-scale simulation as possible while gathering scale-up data to deliver on commercial capacities. When a certain technology proves ineffective, we’ll draw from our range of options to determine if there is a better fit. The Process Development Center is our sandbox to build, test, and revise to ensure we get every detail right.
With a successful pilot simulation completed, we now have everything we need to scale up and provide proposals for capital equipment with included performance guarantees.
System Design And Build
After receipt of the purchase order, we begin with both equipment and system engineering. Each proprietary technology we sell is custom-designed and built per application. We do not have any off-the-shelf units. At this stage, your exact system begins to take shape, including auxiliary equipment, process flow diagrams, process and instrumentation diagrams, safety provisions, and more.
After delivery and installation of your new system, Bepex will provide a mechanical check to ensure everything is placed according to plan. This is followed shortly thereafter by system commissioning. This is where our pilot-scale simulations become invaluable, as our team of application engineers, controls technicians, and sales engineers begin working with your team to successfully bring your system online.
At this point, you’re up and running at rate, producing a quality product, but our work doesn’t stop there.
Following commissioning, Bepex remains a reliable partner, providing quality OEM parts, immediate field service, process optimization, training, system troubleshooting, and more. We have consistently had high customer retention rates, and we believe it is due in large part to our comprehensive approach to serving our customers long after the original sale.