The hardening vat is the last component in the processing line for pasta filata cheeses, which contains cold water to cool the products prior to packaging. GEA offers a range of robust, hygienic, modular hardening vats that can be configured to meet any cheese type or production throughput.
GEA hardening vats are constructed in AISI 304 stainless steel. A complete system comprises an initial module that houses the motorization for conveying products through the vat, a number of central, cold water-filled 4 m vats through which the cheeses are transported, and a final module that includes the extraction belt for removal of the cooled cheeses. The total length and capacity of the vat can be configured to meet the required production throughput, and can be easily expanded or reduced by adding or removing modules.