APPLICATION REPORT: Dannon, Fort Worth, TX PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 11:27

newsy-dannonDannon’s plant in Forth Worth, Texas is one of the city’s industrial landmarks in the “Near Southside” district. The plant first opened in 1979, enabling Dannon to meet the growing national market for yogurt products. It is also home to Dannon’s R&D center. Fort Worth is one of three production facilities that enable Dannon to distribute its perishable dairy products coast to coast in the US.

We have been involved in a long term upgrade of tank gauging at this plant. Our most recent activity has focused on tanks involved in “white mass” production. In order to make yogurt, milk has to be pasteurized and fermented to create batches of “white mass,” which are then placed in containers of various sizes, sometimes with fruit or other ingredients. Sanitary design is paramount in a cultured-products plant.  The Fort Worth site produces Dannon yogurt, Danimals, DanActive, and Activia probiotic products.

Working with our local distributor Roberts and Spencer Instrument Co. (Dallas, TX), on this project, we supplied application assistance for these non-vented process tanks. In this application, we measure differential pressure to provide accurate level indication. (In a non-vented or closed vessel, we need to sense both the void pressure above the liquid surface and the hydrostatic pressure created by depth.) These tanks are outfitted with KING-GAGE AcraSensor sanitary diaphragm and 868 D/P Sensor Control packages. A number of tanks also entailed retrofit installation using our Continental/Wizard adapter (p/n 5665-1).


Some distinct advantages of the AcraSensor sanitary diaphragm unit include its conformance to 3-A sanitary standards (74-03), consistent stability during CIP cycles, and ease of maintenance. The accuracy and reliability are critical factors for Dannon to maintain quality control and production throughput.


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