Tetra Pak CPS is putting the finishing touches to a new multi-million pound state-of-the-art teaching dairy before its launch as a 'hands-on' training facility and resource for industry.
Custom built at Reaseheath College in Cheshire, the modern training unit is already playing a major role in the groundbreaking dairy education initiative, Project Eden, which has been set up to provide higher level qualifications for those in the dairy processing and manufacturing industry.
In order for the new training equipment to be used for commercial production, the Tetra Pak CPS team of specialist engineers is currently carrying out due diligence tests to ensure that all process parameters have been followed and that the machinery is safe to use for commercial production.
Once all checks and balances have been completed by the UK's leading provider of quality hygienic process equipment and turnkey systems, this unique education facility will benefit those wanting to expand out of 'home kitchen production' and for use in new product development trials.
Dairy businesses will now have the chance to grow without the initial financial burden of having to invest in new equipment, while processors will be provided with access to the latest trials technology and up to the minute production methods. This state-of-the-art facility will increase profitability of UK based industry, create an atmosphere of innovation and support learning and skills in the dairy industry.
This was a unique project for Tetra Pak CPS, who had to focus not only on design and layout of the teaching dairy, but had to identify the best learning solutions, rather than just working towards specific functional needs following detailed customer specifications.
A collaborative approach by Tetra Pak CPS, Reaseheath College, the Eden Committee and dairy industry experts has ensured that the overall scope of supply would be most suited to meeting training needs, demonstrating different processing methods and best practice solutions, whilst being safe for commercial production.
Tetra Pak CPS' knowledge and expertise has not only been the cornerstone of this necessary development, it has also provided Reaseheath College with educational tools for use in tutorials, maintenance and equipment training, so that students can tap into vast industry knowledge from leading dairy professionals.
The company's Sales Manager, Tony Casey commented: "This has been a fantastic project both in terms of being able to demonstrate to leading dairy manufacturers what Tetra Pak CPS is capable of achieving, but also in terms of being able to support such a valuable initiative in this most important manufacturing sector.
"We are looking forward to seeing what impact this unique equipment showcase will have on the industry and the opportunities that will arise from it."
Background information on Tetra Pak CPS Ltd
The business was started in 1885 by the Gate family under the name West Surrey Dairy. Following a reorganisation in 1925, trading subsidiaries were established, one of which was Wincanton Transport & Engineering Company Ltd. In 1929, the parent company changed its name to Cow & Gate, which was followed by various moves. After the war the business amalgamated and later changed its name to Wincanton Engineering Ltd.
In 1959, a merger by Cow & Gate with United Dairies resulted in the establishment of Unigate, which owned the business until selling it in 1987. In 1998, the business moved to its present purpose built three-acre complex at Coldharbour Business Park in Sherborne, Dorset.
Carlisle Companies Inc. acquired the business in 2001 and the name changed to Carlisle Process Systems Ltd, it was then sold to Tetra Pak in December 2006.
The registered name for the overall business has now changed to Tetra Pak CPS Ltd and the Dairy, Food & Beverage Division continues to trade from Sherborne employing the same dedicated sales and engineering team as previously.
The company is a global provider of hygienic liquid process systems and continues to invest heavily in manufacturing to meet on-going demand for equipment. Production at the UK factory has recently established lean techniques which, together with ongoing investment in machinery, technology and training, give it the capability of a quick turnaround of equipment by using proven designs, standardised modules and components all within compliance of its ISO 9001 - 2000 quality system.
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