Milk Processing Lab

This new facility allows for innovative ways to conduct collaborative and multi-disciplinary dairy food science research. Ask us about our new recharge rate for all the equipment: Prof. Barile: dbarile@ucdavis.edu Prof. DeMoura Bell: jdemourabell@ucdavis.edu

Housed in the Department of Food Science across a courtyard from the laboratory of Dr. Barile, this new facility allows for innovative ways to conduct collaborative and multi-disciplinary dairy food science research.

The new 800-square-foot laboratory is designed for the development of fractionation and recovery of milk bioactive 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)

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.

To see pictures of all the equipment: https://foodscience.ucdavis.edu/about/processing-facilities/milk-processing-laboratory

MPL equipment
MPL equipment

 

Josh and Mareen using the membrane filtration unit

Josh and Mareen using the membrane filtration unit

 

MPL for Outlook Magazine

MPL for Outlook Magazine

 

Dr. Nobrega filtering bovine colostrum

Dr. Nobrega filtering bovine colostrum