A cream separator machine is a device that uses centrifugal force to separate whole milk into cream and skim milk. Cream separators come in different types shapes and sizes. They are also manufactured from different types of materials. The different types of cream separator machines include electrical cream separator machines, manual or hand operated cream operated machines, and milk separator machines.
These machines are manufactured using material like aluminum and stainless steel for the bowl, wood, fiber glass, high density plastics for the casing. Stainless steel and aluminum are used for the bowl, other inner parts and the moving gears because of the rust proof capabilities. The choice of the material used for the outer covering and casing is influenced by a number of factors including;
- The cost of production. Cheaper material like plastic may be used to cut cost of production and in turn cut the cost of the machine.
- The intended area of use. Domestic cream separator machines may be made of less hard materials than industrial cream separator machines for the reason that those used in the industries are in a more risky environment. Domestic cream separator machines face less risk of breakage, collision and burning than those in an industry.
- Standardization requirements in different countries may dictate on the kind of material used for making cream separator machines.
For optimum functioning of and longer service life of cream separator machines, it is important that they are well taken care off. Unnecessary break downs and accidents during the use of these machines are reduced significantly if they are taken care off. Some of the things to do when taking care and handling these machines include;
- Proper cleaning of inner and outer surface of the cream separator machine to remove all milk and fat residue. This guarantees freshness of products processed and proper functioning of parts.
- Proper oiling and greasing of all the mechanical parts of the cream separator, this is especially so for mechanical or hand driven devices.
- Regular checks to ensure timely servicing and replacement of faulty components of a cream separator.
- Checking the containers for any leaking and spilling components. These should be replaced and sealed off to prevent further leakages.
- Checking power cables serving the cream separator to ensure there are no exposed wires that may put the user in risk.
All machines should be operated in a suitable environment and according to manufacturer specifications.