Housed in the Department of Food Science across a courtyard from Dr. Barile's laboratory, the new Milk Processing Lab facility allows us to conduct collaborative and multi-disciplinary dairy food science research in exciting and innovative ways. This state-of-the-art 800-square-foot laboratory is designed for the development of methods for the fractionation and recovery of bioactive milk components.
Current equipment includes:
- One Raw Milk Processing System (Sprinkman Corp.)
- One cream separator (GEA Westfalia)
- One system for milk pasteurization (Microthermics)
- One homogenizer (GEA Niro Soavi)
- One Temperature Control System (CHROMALOX)
- One HEPA filtered sterile air filling hood for aseptical packaging
- One bench-scale filtration system capable of ultrafiltration and nanofiltration (SmartFlow Technologies)
- One Pilot Plant Membrane Filtration Model L capable of microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis (GEA)
- One Delta Fourier Transform-InfraRed MilkoScope (Delta Instruments)
- One custom-designed stainless steel fermentors for lactose fermentation (Cypress Semiconductor)
- One pilot scale fully automated High-Performance Desalination unit with ion-exchange membranes, MiniCell test stand, and 10 cell pairs (Fuji Film, Magna Imperio Systems Corp.)
To see pictures of all the equipment: https://foodscience.ucdavis.edu/about/processing-facilities/milk-processing-laboratory
Power supplies is 110/208/480 V (single & three-phase) is supplied by eight utility stations, with steam, chilled and RD water and an isolated drainage system. HEPA filtration provides control of air purity. This equipment is certified by the Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories
These and other specifications are required to produce food grade materials for clinical trials. The facility also features 300 ft² of ambient equipment storage outside the lab for pretreatment of larger volumes of raw materials. The purpose of the facility is to help realize the full potential of dairy foods teaching, research and outreach at UC Davis.