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List of Pilot Equipment

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Saint-Hyacinthe Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program possesses multifunctional pilot plants containing equipment designed to carry out the processes used in almost every sector of the food industry.

The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, has announced significant infrastructure investments in federal institutions, which will allow us to modernize our pilot plant that directly supports the food processing industry by providing facilities that foster innovation. This includes the development of new or improved products, adopting technologies that boost productivity, and support for new enterprises. The refurbishment of the plan will modernize and improve its scientific and technological capacity, allowing federal researchers to better support innovation, adoption and sustainability in the sector.

If the equipment you are looking for does not appear on this list, please let us know. Although we cannot guarantee that we will buy the desired equipment, your suggestions will help us to draw up a list of priorities to better respond to the needs of Canadian industries.

If you are a supplier and want to bid on equipment tenders, please visit Buyandsell.gc.ca where tenders will posted regularly.

We will also be disposing of some equipment. If you are interested in buying some, please visit the federal government’s official website for Crown asset sales regularly, at GCSurplus.

List of Pilot Equipment
Equipment name Manufacturer
Model
Characteristic
Agitators Variable speed agitator
Fat and Moisture analyser Fat and moisture analyser Cem
Aseptic cabinet Aseptic cabinet Stericab 60 × 120 cm
Retort Retort Amsco 2022 1 m3
Multiple process retort Stock Basket: (75 × 200 g)
70 × 70 × 50 cm
Computered data logger and processing Fluke Hydra
Labtech Notebook
Max. 20 channels
Scale Table scales Until 500 kg
Churns Meat tumbler Röschermatic
MM 50
20 kg Salted meat
Variable rotation speed:16 rpm
Meat tumbler Scaniro
60 1
30 kg Salted meat
Variable rotation speed:
0 - 30 turns by minute
Vacuum tumbler Lutétia
Modèle O
100 kg Salted meat
Rotation speed: 5 rpm
Multi component meat tumbler P.m.g. 5 tanks 20 l
Clock-wise and counter clock-wise rotation
Variable speed: 0 - 30 rpm
Cheese vats Rectangular cheese vat (2) Alfa-Laval 400 l
Double-O cheese vats(3) Kusel
4 MX
250 l
Pre-pressing vat (Swiss type) Perfora 100 kg
Brining vats Alfa-Laval 500 l
Finishing table Kusel
RE 7481 4FT SS
125 kg
Soft cheese production equipment Alfa-Laval 150 kg
Grinders Centrifugal grinding mill Retsch
ZM 1
240 g - 1 kg/h
Rota Sieve bolting machine Prater
91-B
0.3 m2
Mill Quadro
Comil 196-5
4,000 kg/h
Disintegrator Rietz
RA-2-12-K122
6 Size
Hammer mill Prater
G5H FS1
0.3 m2
Fine grinding mill Prater
CLM 18
< 150 microns
Colloidal mill (emulsifier) Stephan
Microcut MC-15
1,200 kg/h
Fermentation unit Fermentation unit Arcos
Model CT 100
Maximum capacity: 100 kg
Minimum capacity: 25 kg
Centrifuges Automatic desludger centrifuge Srs
SR1010
100 - 300 l/h
Basket Centrifuge Western States Filters
15 μm - 150 μm
Centrifugal decanter Sharples P660 2,500 l/h
Table centrifuge (continuous) Sharples
Model T-2P
250 cm3
Solid content
Cleaning in Place (CIP) Mobile C.I.P. unit Economics Lab.
C.I.P. - C.O.P.
Freezers Cryogenic freezer Küleg Ultrafrost
FG 1301
150 kg/h
Ice cream freezer Continuous ice cream freezer Alfa-Laval
MF-75
100 l/h
Batch ice cream freezer Taylor 20 l
Temperature control Temperature control for tanks
Cheese cutter Cheese cutter Strasbourgh
5 AR
Cutting surface
45 × 45 × 30 cm
Cutters High-speed bowl cutter Kilia
40
3 or 6 knives
25 kg maximum
High-speed chopper Urschel
Comitrol
cutting head 750 mm
continuous feeder
Vacuum or pressure cutter /cooker Stephan
UMM/SK 40E GNI
40 l
Vacuum or pressure cutter/cooker Stephan
VCM-12
Minimum capacity: 4 kg
Maximum capacity: 8 kg
Atmospheric or vacuum high-speed cutter-mixer vacuum cooker Stephan
VCM-40 E GNI
Minimum capacity: 12 kg
Maximum capacity: 30 kg
Cooker Table-top cooker-mixer Groen
TDC/TA 2-20
23 l
Vacuum steam jacketed kettle Groen
TDC/2/RA-20
23 l
Tilting steam kettles (2) Entreprises Julien
KDT-5T
11 l
Tilting steam kettle Escan Metal
107/TL-20
90 l
Double-motion agitated kettle Fluid Transfer Company 25 l
Cooker stretcher Cooker-stretcher E.b.r. 11-102 kg/h
Sterilizable tank Sterilisable tank for cristallization Goavec
200 1
200 l
Shredder Frozen meat shredder Gmc
3100
Maximum size: 23 × 51 × 61 cm
Deaerator Deaerator Alfa-Laval
DC-500 LC
1,000-3,000 l/h
Feeders Volumetric feeder 125, 250 mm
Variable rate feeder
Heat exchanger (see pasteurizer) Tubular or spiral heat exchanger Alfa-Laval 3.8 cm diametre
Scraped-surface heat exchanger Aseptic scraped-surface system Alfa-Laval
Contherm
400 l/h
Packaging machines Vacuum packaging machine Sipromatic
Vac-U-Seal
Vertical Komet
Sealing surface:
30 × 30 cm
40 × 40 cm
30 × 30 cm
30 × 40 cm
Heat sealer for plastic tube Kalish
14H/HTV
0.64 × 35.6 cm
Foam tray sealer
Tray Packaging machine Dyno
Stuffer Manual flange stuffer Cornet C.K.
S35"
100 - 150 mm
Evaporator Plate evaporator Apv
Junior
180-200 kg H2O/h
(50°C)
Vacuum evaporator Anhydro
Lab E
25 kg/h (40°C)
Extruder Twin-screw extruder Baker Perkins
MPF-50
5 cm diametre
Dough Forming Dough rounder
Dough proofer Picard 30 dough
Sheeter-moulder L&M
Fsm 24a
Sinmag Male SM 520
Dough Homogeniser Sinmag
Fermentor Bioengineering Computer control and data acquisition Fix intellution
Fermentors P 1500 l
150 l
Nlf 19
Nlf 22
2 l
Fol. max. / Maximum volume
1 100 l
110 l
14 l
16 l
1.4 l
Filter press Filter press Star no. 6 8. 5 l
Foamer Foamer Hansa 20-250 kg
Ovens Two-pan oven General Electric
CN 52
30 loafs
Revolving oven Picard 4 shelves
80 loafs
Oven Fisher 350G 90 cm3
Hot air oven Shel lab 1620 75 cm3
Muffle furnace 3001 60 cm3
Convection oven Bakers Pride X 700 4 grates
60 × 90 cm
Bread oven on the hearth Panvailler Baking surface: 1.5 × 1 m
Fryer Fryer Moffat 12 l
Smoke house Smoking and cooking unit (dry, controlled humidity, steam cooking) Voss
813-S
Ham 90 kg
Weiners: 50 kg
(5 kg Mould)
Chopper Meat chopper-grinder Mainca
PM-114L
European head
3 sectors
Bone separator
Meat chopper-grinder Butcher Boy
A56HF
plate 15 cm
Homogenizers Homogenizer Alfa-Laval
SHL 20
500-2,000 l/h
Homogenizer (2 phases) Gaulin
MP3-5TBS
227 l/h
Homogenizer (2 phases) Gaulin-APV
15M 8TA
0.5-57 l/h
Homogenizer (2 phases) Rannie 0-200 l/h
Hoods Laminar flow hoods Canadien Cabinets Co Ltd
Canlab
60 × 120 cm
60 × 180 cm
60 × 180 cm
Incubators Incubator Fisher 255 D 2 shelves
Culture incubator Lab. Wiesby Viscubator 6 × 5 l / 30°C - 60°C
Culture incubator Lab. Wiesby Viscubator 2 × 10 l / 30°C - 60°C
Yoghurt incubator Entreprises Julien 9 x 30°C - 60°C shelves
Injector Multi-needle pickle injector Mepsco 140 needles
Irradiator Irradiator Nordion International
Gamma beam
651 PT
Fluidized bed Fluidized bed agglomerator 2 to 500 kg/h
Freeze dryer Freeze dryer Virtis
Lyo-San Y6-CAB
5 trays
12 trays
Mixer Mixers-grinder Hobart
A-200T-2 pintes
22.7 l
10 l
Dough mixer National 100 - 200 g flour
Dough mixer Blakeslee V-20 20 l
Dough kneading-beater-mixer Logiques
Compact 30
30 l
Double action mixer Leland
100-DA-70
40 kg
Centrifugal mixer Crepaco
Liquiverter CLV 25
95 l
Blender 8 l
Blender 1 l
Microscope Microscope Leitz lens
4, 10, 40, 100 x
Mojonnier Mojonnier Fmc
Cheese moulds Cheese moulds
(Baby Gouda, Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, St-Paulin, Suisse, Tomme)
Curd mill Curd mill Damrow M 250 E
type SEP
30 × 30 cm
25 knives
Milling Automatic laboratory mill Bühler-Miag
MLU 202
Laboratory plan-sifter Bühler-Miag
MLU 300
12 sizes
Grain cleaner Multi-aspirator Kice 6F6 38-50 kg/h
Mobile plate heat exchanger systems Mobile plate heat exchanger systems Alfa-Laval
Alfa-Laval
5 l
1 l
Plate pasteurizer Alfa-Laval 100-500 l/h
Plate pasteurizer Alfa-Laval
A3-HRB
2,000 l/h
4 s - 4 min
High pressure pasteurizer High pressure pasteurizer Alstom Maximum Pressure: 7000 bar
Volume: 3 l
pH-meters Table top pH-meter Radio Meter
PHM 82
Table top pH-meter
Table top pH-meter Radio Meter
PHM 82
Portable pH-meter (2) Beckman
Stearing and heating plate (4)
Pumps Curd pump Hydro Dynamique Ltée Ibex 2130 400-4,000 l/h
Diaphragm pumps Sand Piper PB1-A
Sand Piper SSA-2-A
Sand Piper
0 - 1,000 l/h
0 - 4,000 l/h - 2 1/2 po
0 - 1,000 l/h - 1 po
Screw pumps Firing Monoflow
SMH 22B8 Allweiller AG
Netzch MES 40A
0 - 250 l/h
0 - 100 l/h
2 inches
Centrifugal pumps Thomsen
Crepaco
Crepaco
Alpha-Laval
Alpha-Laval
1,000 l/h
24,500 l/h
8,800 l/h
24,500 l/h
31,000 l/h
Positive pumps Albin variable 1 1/2
Amicon variable réversible 1 1/2
Ibex variable
200 - 2,000 l/h
20 - 2,000 l/h
1 - 1,000 l/h
Vacuum pump
Stuffer Vacuum stuffer Handtmann
VF-10-50
8 - 65 kg/min
Hydraulic piston stuffer Villa SP25 25 l
Fresh sausage portioning cutting machine Devro HandCrank Linker Casing
Diametre: 13 to 34 mm
Length: 4 to 5 1/4 inches
Double clipping stuffing system Poly-Clip DCA-U Automat Maximum Casing Diametre: 72 mm
Presses Horizontal cheese press Kusel LS 25 × 9 kg
Vertical cheese press Perfora 504 OP 10 - 20 kg
Hydraulic cheese press
Tunnel press Alpha-Laval 4 × 10 kg
10 × 1 kg
Juice press Juice press with crusher Goodnature X-6 180 to 270 kg fruit/hour
(minimum: 20 kg)
Pulper Pulper-finisher - Extractor Brown 6600 9 - 23 l/min
Milk reception Milk reception APV Hall Crepaco 2 × 4 500 l
Filler Piston filler Simplex Fuller AS 1 30 - 590 ml
Paste, cream and liquid filler H.G. Kalish inc. 26-520 ml PCL/2
Tanks Storage tank (2 units) Milkeepler Crepaco SND 3,000 l
3,875 l
Aseptic storage tanks (2) Alpha-Laval Steritank 600 l
Nylon tanks 200 l
400 l
500 l
Double wall tanks Alpha-Laval
Alpha-Laval
Alpha-Laval mobile
Alpha-Laval mobile
Tri Canada (5)
Apv
Palardy
Palardy
Apv
Palardy
Apv
Palardy
Marine Alpha
Marine Alpha
Palardy
Palardy (5)
Alpha-Laval
Falco (2)
500 l steam
1,000 l steam
600 l steam
250 l steam
500 l × 5 steam
400 l hot water
300 l steam
80 l hot water
200 l hot water
150 l hot water
100 l hot water
100 l hot water
85 l steam
25 l steam
25 l hot water
20 l hot water
500 l hot water
100 l steam
Single wall tanks (20) Apv bell-mouthed 36 l, 85 l
Cutting saw Cutting saw Biro 3334SS 150 mm ribbon saw
Dryers Hot air dryer National TY 2 4 × 60 cm × 90 cm × 15 cm
Spray-dryer Niro P6.3 modèle V Evaporation: 20-50 kg H2O/h
Spray-dryer Buchi 199 Evaporation: 1.5 l H2O/h
Can sealer Can sealer Wisconsin Alum. Foundry 10, 14, 19, 28, 40 oz
Automatic Master (300 ml - 1,2 l
Sieve Laboratory sieve Seive: 4 to 80 mesh
Vibrating sieve Kason Seive: 14 to 165 mesh
Slicers Bread slicer Sinmag
Manual slicer Hobart 1612 knife
300 mm diametre
Slicers-pealers Transverse slicer Urschel OV 1/16 inch, straight or ripple
Dicer, strip cutter and slicer Urschel GK 2,500 kg/h
size (0,6; 1,0; 1,3 cm)
Potato and vegetable peeling machine Blakeslee XC 60 T 23 - 27 kg
UHT UHT Sterilizer direct or indirect Sterilab 100 l/h
Membrane separation units Ultra-filtration unit Koch UF-180 S Spiral membrane 19 m2
Tubular membrane 19 m2
Ultra-filtration unit Romicon 6 tubular membranes
(6 × 2.3 m2)
Nano-filtration unit 2 membranes
Ultra-filtration unit Romicon 1 membrane, 900 cm2
Micro-filtration unit Amicon 3 mineral-ceramic membranes
(0.2, 0.5, 1.4, 3.0 μm
Bactocatch Microfiltration unit Alpha-Laval MFS-7 3 membranes of 1.4 m2
(0.1, 0.8, 1.4 μm)
Volumeters Loaf volumeters National 400 - 1,000 cm3
1,675 - 3,000 cm3
bar: bar unit
cm: centimetre
cm2: square centimetres
cm3: cubic centimetre
°C: degree Celsius
g: grams
h: hour
H2O/h: water per hour
kg: kilogram
kg/h: kilogram per hour
kg/min: kilogram per minute
l: litres
l/h: litres per hour
m: metre
m2: square metres
m3: cubic metres
Max.: maximum
Min.: minimum
min: minutes
mm: millimetres
ml: millilitres
μm: micrometre
oz: ounce
rpm: rotation per minute
s: seconds
UHT: Ultra-high temperature

Procedures

Clients of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Food Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program can develop various products. The list below represents only a portion of the procedures available through the Program.

Procedures (partial list)

  • Biomass and metabolite production
  • Cheesemaking and cheese aging
  • Coagulation
  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Evaporation
  • Fermentation
  • Filtration
  • Freeze-drying
  • Freezing
  • Grinding
  • High-pressure processing
  • Homogenization
  • Irradiation
  • Mixing, emulsification
  • Packaging and processing
  • Pasteurization (thermal, filtration, ultra high pressure)
  • Pressing
  • Smoking
  • Sterilization (canning, UHT, aseptic processes)
  • Texturization, extrusion
  • Three-phase centrifugation (liquid-liquid-solid)
  • Two-phase centrifugation (liquid-liquid, solid-liquid)

Other available facilities

  • Fully computerized sensory evaluation laboratory and test kitchen
  • 40 controlled atmosphere rooms
  • 20 high-security offices
  • Microbiology, biotechnology, biochemistry, physiology and chemical analysis laboratories
  • Library with access to scientific and business data banks
  • 94-seat auditorium with multimedia projection and sound systems
  • Conference and meeting rooms
  • Crossroad for Food Innovation Technology
  • (Business incubator)
  • 4 confined pilot plants including services, office, storage room and cook room
  • 2 laboratories for emerging businesses

For more information, contact Jean Gagnon, Integrated Services and Industry Manager, Industry Services and Facilities at 450-768-7896

Other services

In collaboration with INITIA (formerly the Governor's Foundation), the following services are available.

  • Information retrieval and analysis service
    This service allows anyone who has questions on a technological or more general aspect of the agri-food sector to obtain quick answers.

    Save time! A phone call or visit will put you in touch with specialized staff that can help you quickly find the information you need.
    For more information, contact INITIA: info@initia.org.

  • List of consultants and laboratories
    A list of consultants and laboratories in the food processing sector is available for your perusal through INITIA.
    Note: this list is provided strictly as a courtesy and must not be construed as a recommendation of the services of one or more specific firms by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    To have your consulting firm or your laboratory appear on the list, contact INITIA: info@initia.org.

Products

Clients of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Food Research and Development Centre's Industrial Program have used the program's equipment and facilities to make a variety of products. The list below contains some of the products created by them.

  • cheese
  • processed cheese
  • yogurt
  • ice cream
  • butter
  • margarine
  • milk powder
  • cold-pasteurized milk
  • condensed milk
  • canned food (fruit, vegetables and meat)
  • pasteurized prepared food
  • powdered and liquid ingredients
  • ham
  • sausages
  • pâtés
  • mousses
  • jams and preserves
  • sauces
  • juices
  • bacterial cultures
  • condiments (sauces, ketchup, mustard)
  • pudding
  • breakfast cereal
  • snacks
  • bread
  • cakes
  • cookies
  • crackers
  • prepared fresh fruit

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