The dairy industry is a vital part of the overall food industry and a significant contributor to the North American economy. Operations within the dairy industry encompass the production of every cow milk-based product, such as pasteurized and non-pasteurized milk, butter, cream, yogurt, cheese, etc.

Similar to all food processing operations, dairy processing operations are heavily regulated by strict safety and sanitation policies and guidelines. These standards and current good manufacturing practices (CGMPs) call for sanitary processing operations—including using sanitary equipment and systems—to ensure the safety and quality of the dairy products produced and, consequently, the welfare of the consumers.

From tanks and mixing vessels to fittings and valves, the team at Highland Equipment provides a wide range of sanitary process equipment to the dairy industry. We have designed and built complete food processing lines for some of the largest dairy processors, such as Nestle, Parmalat, Natrel, Danone, and Saputo.

Our Products

At Highland Equipment Inc., we design, engineer, manufacture, and install a variety of sanitary stainless steel dairy processing equipment. All of our products comply with Dairy 3A standards and hold other applicable registrations and certifications, including ASME, CSA B51, TSSA/CRN registered, “U” Stamp registered, and National Board registered.

The importance of remaining compliant with high sanitation standards becomes clear when one considers all the processing operations used for dairy product production, including:

  • Pasteurization. Kills bacteria and cuts down on enzyme activity
  • Mixing. Emulsifies, disperses, and dissolves powders and liquids into a liquid medium
  • Separation. Protects the milk against destructive air intake, preserving its texture and quality
  • Storage. Holds raw or processed milk in storage containers between operations


Our sanitary equipment and systems are suitable for processing many of the common dairy products in the market today, such as:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Ice cream

Sanitary Processing Experts at Highland Equipment

Highland Equipment builds complete process systems following industry sanitary standards such as ASME BPE, GMP and 3A. We use our own depth of professional knowledge and years of practical experience to provide dairy producers assurance our equipment will comply with their stringent industry regulations for Health and Safety and sanitary manufacturing processes.

Along with offering HTST, UHT, and Vat pasteurization processes for sanitation and storage of dairy products, Highland Equipment designs and builds complete CIP systems that provide our customers the ability to add the benefits of clean-in-place (CIP) technology into their product manufacturing processes. Clean-in-place systems are designed to use a mix of cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, heat, and water to thoroughly cleanse process pipes, vessels, and machinery “in place.” Cleaning “in place” benefits dairy manufacturers by removing the risk of re-contaminating equipment during reassembly after “out of place” cleaning as well as from the additional costs in time and labor associated with “out of place” cleaning.

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A Leader in Food Processing Equipment

At Highland Equipment, we are an industry-leading designer, manufacturer, and installation provider of sanitary dairy processing equipment. Combining our exceptional welding and fabrication capabilities with years of experience in sanitary design, we are the perfect partner for any dairy processing equipment project.

If you’d like to learn more about our sanitary manufacturing capabilities and the advantages of partnering with us, contact us, or request a free quote today.


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