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Atlas Copco Rental Brazil to support the uninterrupted production of dairy products during annual boiler maintenance

29 August 2017

Antwerp, Belgium, August 29, 2017: Most production processes demand severe controls, but when it comes to processes involving food those are of the highest importance. When dairy company Latícinios Bela Vista needed to perform the maintenance of their boiler they found in Atlas Copco Rental a partner able to provide a solution fully matching their strict standards.

Latícinios Bela Vista owns the Piracanjuba brand and received several awards for their positive achievements in the agribusiness and sustainable growth fields. The company sticks to the highest standards to ensure the well-being of their consumers.

Through their plants, 3.6 million liters of milk are processed daily to produce milk, butter and cheese.

At reception the raw milk is subject to sample analysis to control its quality and detect any adulterations. Only fully approved milk is discharged through strainers into stainless steel reception tanks, where it is weighed.

Afterwards, milk is refrigerated and moved into storage tanks before entering the production process: it all starts with pasteurization where milk is heated to 75 °C during 14 seconds using a plate heat exchanger and then cooled to 5 °C in the cold water exchanger circuit.

When the Governador Valadares plant (in Minas Gerais) needed to perform annual maintenance on their wood fired boiler this meant an interruption of production.

Piracanjuba boiler operators: Leandro Sebastião de Lima  (left) and Milson Oliveira da Silva (right) Atlas Copco Technician: David Basílio (Center)

Piracanjuba boiler operators: Leandro Sebastião de Lima (left) and Milson Oliveira da Silva (right) Atlas Copco Technician: David Basílio (Center)

An alternative would be to send the raw milk to other plants.However this incurs costs and heavy logistics, but also the risk of losses and potentially rotten milk.

Despite the concerns on hiring external services, renting a portable boiler appeared a better solution.

After several meetings to ensure the full understanding of the project needs, the Atlas Copco Rental team offered a total solution that convinced Edson Antonio Nogueira Baptista, Plant Manager, of our capacity to supply steam & allow for a smooth and uninterrupted production during the entire maintenance period.

Ease of installation, 100% compliance with safety and environmental requirements as well as our 24/7 assistance added strong value to our proposition.

For this project we delivered:

Our equipment operated three days in June.

“The performance was approved, supplying the expected steam volumes to the plant, and thus avoiding having to transfer material to other units. We can only conclude that the experience was positive and we will certainly contact Atlas Copco Rental to repeat this partnership next year” concludes Edson Antonio Nogueira Baptista.

For more information please contact:

Olivia Gambin, Divisional Communication Manager
Atlas Copco Specialty Rental
Phone: +32 3 750 82 87
Email: olivia.gambin@be.atlascopco.com

Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and services focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2016, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 101 (BEUR 11) and about 45 000 employees.

Specialty Rental is a division within Atlas Copco’s Power Technique business area. It serves customers in all industry segments around the world with temporary air, power, flow, steam and nitrogen rental solutions. The specialty rental services are offered under several brands. The divisional headquarters is located in Belgium.