Automation solutions for the dairy industry

A growing range of products, high hygiene standards and the legal obligation to provide supporting documents leads to the continuous introduction of new requirements for the dairy industry. The complex production processes must be controlled, monitored and analysed in an integral and secure manner.

The development of intelligent automation solutions for dairy industry companies demands more than just system know-how. Industry experience and knowledge about complex structures and processes in a dairy or cheese making environment are just as important. Thanks to more than 30 years of experience in process automation for milk processing companies, we know how to meet the extensive requirements of the dairy industry. Our industry-driven staff structure, consisting of highly qualified process engineers, electrical engineers, computer scientists and food technologists, also deserve a special mention.

Furthermore, with our in-house developed process control system Plant iT we boast a proven solution for the integrated process automation of dairy and cheese making facilities. Numerous companies, e.g. Almarai, Danone, Bauer, Müller, NÖM, Friesland Campina or Wimm-Bill-Dann, use our process control system Plant iT around the world.

We have been engaged in intensive dialogue with universities, dairy associations and institutes for decades and promote knowledge transfer of process control technologyautomation and MES solutions. A prime example of this is the successful cooperation with the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

Contact & information

Your contact person:

Martin Lutz
Managing Director, ProLeiT Inc., USA
Phone: +1 224 880 6536

Dr. Thomas Wunderlich
Director Business Segment Beverages, ProLeiT GmbH, Germany
Phone: +49 9132 777 447

Bernd Opgenorth
Sales Manager Daires, ProLeiT GmbH, Germany
Phone: +49 9132 777 347

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Integrated automation for the dairy industry

Our integrated, transparent and flexible process control system Plant iT provides the ideal software structure for dairies and the producers of fresh milk products. Plant iT is an advanced, industry-specific system solution which combines extensive IT experience and dairy expertise in a single control system. It is the perfect option for both new installations or as a replacement for existing automation systems.

We can offer automation solutions for an entire dairy/cheese-making facility or for individual process areas:

  • Control room
    for milk delivery, production and filling of untreated and treated milk, UHT milk, cream and butter 
  • Cheese 
    for the production and packaging of cheese and the further processing of whey
  • Fresh products 
    for the production, filling and packaging of yoghurts, fromage frais, desserts
  • Milk powder and lactose
    for the production and filling of milk powder and lactose
  • CIP plant

Our industry-specific know-how is also based on years of collaboration with machine and plant suppliers with whom we have automated various plants around the world, e.g. milk delivery, heating lines, evaporation plants, fruit cooking plants, etc. Our control system Plant iT guarantees the high level of flexibility demanded by the dairy industry, e.g. for modifications during production.

Service portfolio for the dairy industry

Our service portfolio provides the solutions for both the general and the special requirements of dairies and cheese-making facilities. Typical examples are:

  • Integrated process automation from milk delivery to the filling process
  • Milk delivery
  • Heating lines
  • Storage, maturing and filling tanks
  • Mixing and stirring tank systems
  • ESL and UHT systems 
  • Fruit cooking systems
  • Cooling systems, iced water storage
  • Container handling
  • Aseptic and sterile systems
  • Membrane filtration (UF, NF, MF, RO)
  • Butter machines
  • Separator control
  • Evaporation systems
  • Spray drying systems
  • Powder processing for milk, whey, lactose
  • Cheese processing systems (hard cheese, soft cheese, Mozzarella)
  • Salt bath controls
  • Whey processing 
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Wastewater systems
  • Cooling systems 
  • Energy data recording
  • Intelligent load management 
  • Automatic tank management 
  • Process level-wide management reporting 
  • Migration of existing control systems

Dairy solutions with Plant iT:

The success of our customers is based, among other things, on the tried-and-tested functions of our in-house developed process control system Plant iT. The integrated functions provide intelligent solutions for the following areas:

  • Uniform material and raw material management
  • Order lists for production, cleaning and filling
  • Recipe-controlled program sequences 
  • Route control for integrated tank and route management
  • Integrated monitoring functions for tanks and conveying routes
  • Technological classes for aseptic system areas (e.g. steam barriers)
  • Combination of continuous and discontinuous processes for the production of baby food with ingredient identification via label printer and barcode reader to ensure batch tracking
  • Data acquisition and display facilities for milk heaters according to EU Regulation 0852/2004
  • Production data acquisition and processing for drinking yoghurt filling plants with materials identification and batch traceability, including production to the Weihenstephan Standards
  • Batch traceability (pre and post-tracking) to EU Regulation 178/2002
  • Company-wide management reporting
  • Interfaces for connection to various ERP systems (e.g. SAP/R3, FELIX, CSB MS Dynamics)
  • Interfaces for connection of LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System)
  • Silo management for raw material management 
  • Visu Recorder for training staff and optimising process sequences 
  • Energy data management
  • Production data management for filling plants
  • Materials management and batch traceability for product tracing
  • Production and efficiency reports (DIN, OEE)
  • Management reporting for industry-wide reports