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DAFM National Call 2014 14/F/866 DIT, (UCD) €549,590

Project Title:

Process Analytical Technologies for Dairy and Infant Formula powder manufacture

Project Coordinator:

Dr PJ Cullen

Project Abstract

With the planned abolition of milk quotas from March 2015, it is a priority that a large proportion of the increased dairy output is linked to added value products such as infant formula. Irish dairy processors will be required to demonstrate that they implement systems to enable control of and confidence in the specifications and properties of the powdered products they produce for the infant formula industry. This is a major challenge considering the high degree of variation and influencers in dairy processes. Through the introduction of a process analytical technology (PAT) approach which facilitates real-time process monitoring capabilities with spectroscopic sensors, the industry can move from inferential monitoring and control towards continuous measurement of core quality parameters.

The overall project objective is to develop and characterise novel PAT technologies for control and optimisation of dairy powder and infant formula manufacturing. Specifically the project will:

  • Develop and characterise new PAT tools, namely Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) and Guided Microwave Spectroscopy(GMS), for dairy processing.
  • Validate LIBS and GMS PATs for stand-alone use in industrially relevant dairy processing applications.
  • Investigate sensor and data fusion opportunities, combining new and existing state-of-the-art sensors and data analytics, for enhanced product characterisation and process control

Final Report:

Not available yet.