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Armfield - Miniature-Scale Research & Development Technology - FT20/FT20A Cheese Vat & Cheese Making Accessories

The Armfield Cheese Vat is designed to provide practical training in the production of cheese by the traditional method. The Armfield Cheese Vat makes an ideal research facility. When making Cheddar type cheese, approximately 1kg of cheese is produced from a ten-litre batch of milk.

Manufactured wholly in stainless steel and bench-mounted, the vat is hygienic in use. It has a removable paddle agitator of stainless steel, driven through a guarded linkage system by a variable-speed drive motor. Water is circulated through the vat jacket at a preselected temperature by the pump contained in the separate control console, which stands adjacent to the vat.

The control console incorporates:

  • Digital display of pH of vat contents
  • Digital display of temperature of vat contents
  • Two analog output ports for computer monitoring of vat temperature and pH
  • Agitator stop/start and variable speed control
  • Integrated data logger with USB output
  • The pH and temperature probes are suspended in the vat contents from a bracket on the rim of the vat.

A specially designed perforated strainer fits into the vat outlet to facilitate efficient draining.

Available models

Designed to be used with the ten litre Armfield FT20 Cheese Vat to produce approximately 1kg of finished cheese. Using the accessories, it is possible to carry out the following operations: curd cutting, cheddaring, pH determination (chemical) and pressing.

  • Stainless steel horizontal-blade curd knife with nylon handle
  • Stainless steel vertical-blade curd knife with nylon handle
  • Stainless steel cheddaring box plus weights up to 10kg (2kg x 5) for initiating the traditional cheddaring process
  • Cheese press with two moulds
  • Acid testing kit comprising, including apparatus and chemicals

Key Features & Benefits

Key Features

  • 10L capacity stainless steel jacketed vat
  • Bench mounting with small footprint
  • Separate console controls vat temperature and paddle speed
  • Water heater fitted in console
  • Temperature and pH can be monitored by microcomputer using an appropriate interface
  • Range of cheese-making accessories
  • Simple controls


  • Makes all well known types of cheese
  • Economical with raw materials
  • 1kg batch provides adequate material for sampling
  • Ease of use
  • Biopharmaceutical and Biotechnology
  • Chemical
  • Cosmetics & Personal Care
  • Education & Academics
  • Food & Beverage
  • Oil & Gas
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Powders & Pigments / Coating
ArmfieldThe Armfield Industrial Division designs and manufactures research & development systems, primarily for the food, beverage, dairy, edible oil and pharmaceutical industries. Used by many of the world's leading corporations, Armfield systems enable researchers and product developers to replicate full-scale industrial manufacturing processes on a miniature-scale in the laboratory.
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