Festo recently introduced an application-specific pneumatic cylinder for cheese presses that improves consistency and quality in large operations and low-volume artisan cheese making.
The stainless-steel outer body of the Festo CRD cylinder represents the latest in sanitary innovation as its unique bell-shaped construction provides best-in-class hygienic design. These cylinders are lubricated with NSF-H1 grease, which is safe for human consumption, biodegradable, and meets FDA 21 CFT 172.878 regulations. Four bore sizes are available, with forces ranging from 678 to 4,237 lb (3016 to 18,850 N) at 6 bar.
CRD cylinders hold accurate pressure for the desired time to ensure precise process control, which optimizes product consistency and quality. To further enhance control, Festo offers the VTEM piezo operated directional valves to synchronize large banks of cylinders in automated systems, providing maximum flexibility and product range.
With consistency being key, the utilization of low friction seals provides flexibility and the capability to generate a wide range of pressure stages in a single system. For environments experiencing intensive cleaning, Festo offers a dry-running seal option for optimum operation even when harsh washdowns have dissolved cylinder lubricant.
Transverse forces during the pressing process are offset by extended bearings and over-sized piston rod.
This Festo cylinder provides the large factory or artisan cheese makers with a stable pressing process by allowing the adaptation of pressing pressure to the cheese size. The end results are consistent formats and high-quality end products. This cylinder is easy to clean and designed for compliance with applicable food safety requirements.