The Wintrend® process consists in removing from these oils, mainly maize and
sunflower, small quantities of solids that cause cloudiness when the oil is kept
at ambient or low temperature. These solid substances can be saturated
glycerides or waxes. Thanks to the relatively small amount of solids - between a
few hundred and 2000 ppm - winterising is a continuous and, therefore,
cost-effective process. In order to obtain an oil with good stability, the wax
content needs to be reduced to a level of less than 10 ppm. To achieve this, the
variables of time, temperature and agitation require special care to produce oil
in a closely controlled range.
The process is conducted in four steps:
the oil is precooled in heat exchangers,?
filter aid is added and the oil is cooled very slowly,?
the crystallised oil stays a few hours in a maturator, at final cooling
the oil is then filtered in horizontal hermetic leaf filters. The oil
temperature is often raised just before filtration, to reduce viscosity and
hence facilitate filtration.?
WINTREND® Major Advantages
One single plant only for dewaxing & winterising
Perfect cold stability : at
least 72H at 0°C
Two-step filter aid dosage : minimal
Gradual cooling : reduced
filter aid consumption
Fully closed process : no