VO

Robust and reliable separators for efficient and cost-effective processing of vegetable oil

This range of small- and middle-size separators is aimed for gentle and cost-efficient refining of vegetable oils, such as: rapeseed, palm, olive, sunflower seed, soybean, linseed, cotton, peanut and more. These separators are a key component for processes of continuous degumming, washing and neutralizing of vegetable oils. Using VO centrifuges in edible oil production allows to maximize yield and achieve higher quality and improve taste properties of the final product.

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Exceptional separation for vegetable oil refining

  • Robust and well-proven design concept
  • Easy to operate and maintain
  • High reliability and uptime
  • Full and simple automation
  • Wear-resistant design

VO separators range was designed to increase oil yield and produce refined oil of better quality. Enhanced with a special feature – manual Centrizoom paring disc outlet – these centrifuges are ideal for degumming, neutralization and washing, they ensure optimal mixing and separation, allow to increase efficiency of the plant and to reduce production costs. Using VO separator for refining of vegetable oil is an effective way to purify oil products. Sturdy and robust design ensures exceptionally long working time of these centrifuges and their high reliability.

"Alfa Laval VO 10 delivers exceptional performance"

This is how our customer, Shalimar Nutrients, a soybean oil refinery in India attested their experience of using a VO 10 vegetable oil centrifuge in their production.

VO separators are based on a simple, robust and well-proven, open design concept, and are easy to maintain. The design reduces the pressure drop across the separator and results in a low feed pressure requirement to the machine.

The bowls of the VO separators are specifically designed for fatty oil separation. The geometry permits minimal pressure drop and high flow rates, and outlets are equipped with stationary paring devices for removal of the different phases. The paring device on the light phase is a fixed paring disc, while the paring device on the heavy phase is adjustable.

The diameter of the heavy phase paring device can easily be adjusted by changing the length of the paring tubes. This makes it possible to adjust the position of the separation interface in the disc stack, facilitating optimal separation.

With the working environment in mind, the VO separator range is designed to operate at low noise levels. This is achieved through a rubber-damped bearing assembly, and an outer bowl design engineered for low wind noise.

How it works

The centrifugal force causes separation in the disc stack, forcing the heavier particles towards the periphery of the bowl and is discharged automatically through ports, while the light phase flows towards the centre of the bowl.

The heavy phase is pumped out of the separator through the heavy-phase outlet at the top. Similarly, the lighter oil is pumped out for further processing through a separate light-phase outlet also in the top of the separator.

The Separator Innovator

Would you like to know more about our innovations in separation technology? Click on the link below. Alfa Laval invented the first disc stack separator and has led the way in the development of centrifuge technology for over a century. We are glad to share with you the expertise we have gained along the way. Visit our Separator Innovator knowledge base to learn more about advancements in separation and the steps Alfa Laval is taking to continue revolutionizing the technology.

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