The new custom vat blocks for Colston Bassett Dairy are robust, food safe and designed around certain specific environmental restrictions. Supported with FDA and EU food safe certification this redesign needs no assembly process and is more durable than the existing solution. Vats used for the production of Colston Bassett Dairy’s world famous product are now supported with a part that is less likely to become damaged and less likely to cause any product contamination.
“Salsus took the time to understand our product requirements and generated several viable proposed solutions. They have become a valuable part of our product development process.“
BILLY KEVAN // MANAGING DIRECTOR
Colston Bassett asked for Salsus Design Ltd to redesign and supply new feet for their cheese making vats. Previous versions of the feet came in separate halves which meant that the part needed assembly. As the existing solution included two parts that were fixed together there was also a risk of material being trapped in between the parts which could potentially cause a build-up of bacteria. Damage is more likely to occur to a part on its edge and an assembly with multiple parts means more part edges. This leads to a higher risk of breakage and contamination is more likely to occur to the product. Each foot had to be treated as separate products as vat location differed meaning there was more space for some blocks and less space for others.
We were able to provide Colston Bassett Dairy with a single piece design which had less angular features. This reduces the risk of material becoming trapped, makes it easier for them to be cleaned and means there is no assembly process to have to consider. Material traps were also reduced inside the reference number areas of these parts thanks to more radiused features and detailed engineering drawings. Files and drawings have also been produced to ensure that if the dairy require further parts in the future, design and development related costs are kept to a minimum.