UK – Milkrite| InterPuls, a global leader in dairy equipment manufacturing, has incorporated BASF technology into its product design to create new milk meter sensors that are user friendly, effective, and durable.  

Milk meter sensors are used to control the volume and quality of milk that is still within the milking process. The sensors usually achieve this by weighing the milk and calculating its conductivity.

To increase the effectiveness of their milk meter sensors, Milkrite used Ultrason® P 3010 to manufacture housings of their new versions which can be used for checking the milking results of cows, sheep and goats. 

Ultrason is the trade name for BASF’s product range of polyethersulfone. According to BASF, polyphenylsulfone contributes to the durability of the sensor because of its high toughness and chemical resistance. 

Thus the milk meters can withstand the rough farm environment including kicks by cows and farm dung as well as the repeated cleaning of the milk meters.  

The transparent Ultrason® grade supports easy visual checking of the milk flowing through the metering device and in the long run, does not show any discoloration. 

BASF also notes that dairy components made of Ultrason P can be easily cleaned by many different cleaning agents retaining both transparency and high mechanical strength, also demonstrating a high resistance to stress cracking.  

“We appreciate the characteristics of BASF’s Ultrason in this important component of dairy technology”, says Stefano Ferri, Global R&D Program and Intellectual Property Manager at milkrite | InterPuls.  

“It contributes to the excellent performance of our milk meters like iMilk600, iMilkNano and ACRsmart MMV which are the heart of the demanding milking process and contribute to a reliable and accurate milk quality control.” 

 The medium-viscosity grade Ultrason® P 3010 also enables a compact and smooth design of the milk meter, ensuring a stable vacuum and foam-free performance.  

“For other demanding components in dairy technology, like manifolds and buffers, BASF offers further optimized polyarylethersulfones”, says Georg Graessel from Global Business Development Ultrason at BASF.  

“The grades Ultrason P 2010, E 2010 and E 3010 meet different demands on toughness and superior chemical performance like resistance against superheated steam needed for repeated cleaning.”  

When the milk is further processed, all these Ultrason® grades can also be used for the production equipment of dairy foods like cheeses, yogurts, and curd which contain a high level of butterfat usually causing stress cracking in other materials.  

Milkrite | InterPuls is a global leader providing complete milking point solutions to dairy farmers across the world with the aim of improving every farm it touches. 

Since 2020, the company has been part of DeLaval, a producer of dairy and farming machinery, based in Tumba, Sweden, and is part of the Tetra Laval group. 

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