Category Archives: Systems for the Dairy Industry

Creepy Crawlies? Control or kill your bugs with Koss Industrial as your OEM!

Creepy Crawlies? Control Or Kill Your Bugs!

The right bugs need to carefully cared for, the wrong bugs needs to exterminated.  Click the link to scroll through this seasonally-funny story to learn how Koss Industrial can help with pasteurising bacterial microbes and also with safely developing and maintaining your starter cultures in tanks, or in fully or partially automated systems!
Creepy Crawlies?

Do You Have Mad Scientists?

They’re fun Halloween costume ideas…Dr. Jekyl & Mr. Hyde, Lex Luthor, Doc Brown, and so many other rabidly driven scientists, eccentric engineers, crackpot inventors, or indefatigable innovators – they’re all great, but we want to know about your Mad Scientists.

Do you have actual scientists who are angry? …or are your “Mad Scientists” impulsive experimenters on the plant floor?

Whether your plant has upset scientists or an exuberant innovator on the floor (who is filled with unbridled passion to experiment and try new things) – Koss Industrial can help you optimize your process and work with your Mad Scientists.

…if your scientists are truly mad (…as in insane, unhinged, deranged, or just plain loopy), then you have our sympathies (and you should probably try to stay on their good side)!

Manage the Mad Scientist on your floor.

Prevent the “Mad Scientists” on the floor from following ineffective impulses and ideas – record & report chemical use.

You see it happening…again.

Your “Mr. Clean” has the best intentions…his logic appears to be:
“If I use a half gallon today, then a whole gallon tomorrow will work even better! Probably twice as fast!!”

Sound familiar? We know what happens. Adding more cleaning solution is rarely the answer. If we use twice as much detergent, our clothes aren’t twice as clean after washing, but your “Mr. Clean” doesn’t  believe that…and you’re buying twice as much chemical.

Whether you are making ice cream or you’re cleaning equipment – KOSS can help you work with your innovative, impulsive machine operator (a.k.a. Mad Scientist). Don’t stifle their creativity, control your innovator’s environment. You can even empower their experiments by monitoring, recording, and reporting the results. “Why was this batch bad? Why is this one better?” Give them the tools they need to succeed and protect your batches by controlling their “experiments.” Unlock the secrets of your Mad Scientist’s success – partner with Koss Industrial’s Electrical Dept. for chemical monitoring with controls. Automation, Controls, Reporting and more – trust us to optimize your Mad Scientist’s top-secret laboratory.

Appease your (literally) Mad Scientists.

If they’re literally unhappy or upset, we have a few ideas on how to help your scientists find happiness.

Scientists & Laboratories – okay, so we all agree that they go together like peanut butter & jelly, cheese & crackers, a DeLorean DMC-12 & time travel…so what’s our solution to keeping your scientists happy?  A totally wicked laboratory (wicked as in awesome, not wicked like witches). You can’t be a great Mad Scientist without an awesome Secret Laboratory.

5s-10 Table Top Cooker (3534) is ideal for research and development with batches under 10 pounds!

Koss Industrial’s superior Lab-sized Equipment and Lab-scale Plants / Production Lines feature craftsmanship that meets & exceeds standards (3A, WDA, USDA, sanitary, pharma, etc.).

We’re an excellent choice for your original equipment manufacturer. Our design & engineering services are top-notch. Our fabrication & finishing quality is the stuff of dreams, and our modification & reconditioning services will let you drift off to sleep in a cocoon of safety and satisfaction. Totally custom is what we do, which is why we are a perfect fit for outfitting your Mad Scientist’s Laboratory.

Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial
Lab-Size Process Cheese Line by Koss Industrial (contains Grinder, Cooker, Hopper, and platform)

Not quite ready to invest in lab-size equipment or plants? You could try appeasing your scientists with smaller gifts, trinkets and flowers; but Koss Industrial might still be able to help you. PLAN B, we recommend you try humor on your actually-angry Mad Scientists; maybe say something like “Don’t trust atoms…they make up everything.”  …unless you have a lot of employees named Adam, then that is probably not a good joke for you to be using in the workplace.

Discover KOSS: See Our Shop In Action!

Watch Our Manufacturing Capabilities Video and Discover Koss Industrial!

NEW in 2017 – Watch Our Skilled Team In Action!

In less than 4 minutes speed your way through our shop, seeing Process & Mechanical Engineering, Electrical (Engineering, Automation, and Controls), Waterjet Cutting, Precision Machining (Multi-Axis CNC Milling & Turning), Component Services & Supplies, Fabrication & Finishing, and On-Site Services.

Spring into spring with KOSS

Spring Into Spring – Find Spring Check Valves or Save on Spring Cleaning (CIP-style)

Spring Has Sprung – Say farewell to snow gear and hello to seasonal allergies – it’s the first day of spring!  Although we will keep our winter coats a bit longer; being located in Wisconsin, we’re sure to see another snowstorm or two.  We are ready to help customers shake off those winter blues and get refreshed & ready for new growth!

Want To Spring Into Spring?

We can help you “spring into spring” literally, with a spring check valve!  The LKC Non-return Valve from Alfa Laval is specially designed for use in stainless steel pipe installations, LKC-2 non-return valves prevent the reverse flow of fluids. Found in many different processes in varied sanitary industries, these standard non-return valves are safe and highly reliable.

Koss Industrial, Inc. is an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor and Pump SuperCenter – with the ability to supply, modify, repair and customer-build components & parts from a wide range of brands and manufacturers.

LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-2 Non-return Valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve
LKC-Drainable horizontal valve

Did You Automate Spring Cleaning?

KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System
KOSS 3 Tank Dual CIP System

Do you have the four basic ingredients needed to achieve a sanitary level of cleanliness when you are Cleaning-in-Place

  1. Time is at a premium, but cutting wash time too short may result in a less-than-sanitary clean.
  2. Temperature must be carefully controlled; not too high, not too low, and specific per the wash cycle needs.
  3. Flow needs to be at a high enough velocity to effectively scour clean those pesky fats & oils (or whatever your dirt may be).
  4. Solution won’t help anything if it’s too weak, ensure your alkaline and acid solutions are at the proper strength to function.

If you worry that your system might not be meeting one or more of these needs, contact KOSS.  You can trust in our experience.  We can modify, repair, and refurbish equipment & systems.  If you’re looking to improve an existing system or considering implementing a new CIP System, we’d love to hear from you – Koss Industrial, Inc. can help you innovate & optimize.

Get custom, not ‘canned’ CIP Systems – designed by our engineering group.

Want to save time &  enjoy more consistent, efficient cleaning?  Start considering KOSS’ custom Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) Systems today!  Learn more about how KOSS can help you negate threats, save time and improve efficiency by utilizing an easy to use, custom automated cleaning system to better control your process with less downtime spent manually cleaning. Consider a custom CIP System from Koss Industrial, Inc. – call today 1.800.844.6261 or 920.469.5300 – we’d love to learn more about your process and your unique needs!

Be Mine - Will you be our Valentine? Consider Koss Industrial.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re looking for a long-term relationship, but we’ll settle for a first-date.  Partner with KOSS on your next project.  Give us a chance to supply your spare parts, or to design & manufacture your new plant/expansion.  Our process lines and plant designs are created custom; enjoy high-efficiency, flexibility, low-complexity and optimized maintenance!  So “swipe right” for Koss Industrial, Inc.  For turnkey project management, for process piping, or for a spare gasket – make us your sanitary supplier & manufacturer.

Roses are red, Maintenance is blue, To cheer them up, We have solutions for you!
Roses are red,  Maintenance is blue,  To cheer them up,  We have solutions for you!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Koss Industrial, Inc.
(your not-so-secret admirer)

Preventative Maintenance:

The Gift That Keeps On Giving.

Sick of the stress from problem-based maintenance?  Get proactive with help from KOSS!

Go from problems to prevention:

  • Stop being caught off guard.  Gain security, achieve better peace of mind
  • Servicing helps prevent bigger issues.  Reduce your spare parts consumption
  • Avoid unpleasant surprises.  Plan your budget and your downtime

Why make us your Valentine?

Be Mine…choose KOSS to help with your preventative maintenance program.
We can supply & service from a wide variety of brands and manufacturers.  Request your specific brand(s), or consider asking a Koss Industrial team-member for more information on Alfa Laval.  As an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor (and Pump SuperCenter), Koss Industrial, Inc. has the resources & experience to rock your world.

Not only a custom manufacturer – we supply, modify, repair & recondition too.
We stock spares & seal kits and have a varied inventory of both new and used parts for a variety of equipment – we can even modify parts or components!  The best part…you can trust us.  We are well-acquainted with the stringent guidelines and unique needs of dairy sanitation.  Koss Industrial, Inc. has years of experience serving varied industries:  Food, Beverage, Dairy, Pharmaceutical, Industrial…and many other industries.  We help customers meet & exceed standards and requirements.

We’d like to get to know you…will you be in touch?

1-800-844-6261 (toll-free) – connect with us on the phone, request a visit from KOSS to your plant, or consider scheduling a tour of our plant (in Green Bay, WI) if you prefer to see Koss Industrial, Inc. in action.  Fill out the contact form below to get in touch with our Inside Sales Team – they will be able to assist you directly, or in more technical cases, they will bring your inquiry to the attention of our appropriate tech-expert, engineer, or specialist here at Koss Industrial.  Happy Valentine’s Day – we hope to hear from you soon!


Dumping & Grinding (your barrels) may be just what the doctor ordered.

KOSS Custom Grinder with Chain Driven Dumper
KOSS Custom 11GT Grinder (motor guarding removed for picture) with Chain Driven Dumper and wheeled buggy

Load the Dumper manually, or automate it using a sanitary clamp (the claw may be your ideal barrel-handling option if you don’t want your personnel straining themselves, muscling the barrels in by hand).  Consider Koss Industrial, Inc.

Need Plates Now? Find a variety of Heat Exchanger Plates, in-stock & to-order!

Heat Exchanger Plate Inventory

In-stock in Green Bay, WI at Koss Industrial, Inc. we have a variety of plates available, and if your particular plate isn’t on-hand, we can order what you need: 1-800-844-6261 call today!  Here’s an example of some plates that can be found in our varied Plates Inventory:

  • CLIP6, CLIP8, CLIP10, …
  • FRONT6, FRONT8, FRONT10, …
  • H7, H10, …
  • M6-MBASE, M10-MBASE, …
  • TS6, …
  • …and more plates and gaskets!

We know components and systems.

We can provide a variety of services (from sizing to modifying, re-streaming, reconditioning, and more).  Trust KOSS to be your service-provider and supplier.  Koss Industrial, Inc. is an authorized Alfa Laval Master Distributor & Pump SuperCenter – other brands available upon request!

Our stock contains a variety of components, brands, and component parts.

But if it cannot be found on our shelves, our team is dedicated to finding the solution to fit your needs, to help ensure minimal (or no) downtime for your process.  Consider KOSS, we can help you start-up and stay up & running!

Alfa Laval Standard CLIP Plate with Gasket for CLIP Heat Exchanger
Alfa Laval Standard CLIP Plate with Gasket for CLIP Heat Exchanger

How Safe Are Your Customers? Identify Threats To Your Sanitary Clean.

Scrub-a-dub-dub, are there pathogens in your tub (or rather, in your vessel, piping, or anywhere else in your plant)?! 

Koss Industrial Augers - agitating water - clean
You know that cleaning takes more than splashing some water around – getting a sanitary clean requires careful planning and execution.  KOSS understands sanitary needs.

Don’t risk your good name and hard-earned branding by placing your trust in a questionable “clean”.  Whether you’re Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) or out of place (COP), there’s always room to improve where product quality and safety are concerned!

Residual bacteria may be hiding in your process, there are a number of possible factors adversely affecting the cleanliness of your “clean”.  All it takes to damage your reputation and trust with consumers is to have an off-flavor, or for your product to spoil before it’s “Best By:” date!  Since 1978, Koss Industrial, Inc. has worked with Cheese Makers and others in the Dairy Industry, we are familiar with the stringent guidelines and unique needs.  Whatever your application, you can trust KOSS to understand that unique applications require custom, careful solutions.

How ‘at-risk’ is your process?

  • Dead Zones.  Or Dead Legs, or Dead Space, or Shadows, or “what-was-my-OEM-thinking-when-they-designed-this?!”…whatever you call these different types of awkward areas where cleaning doesn’t quite touch, the cleaning solution, the spray from your cleaning device, it doesn’t quite reach that entire surface.  Whether the spray is blocked by the angle of a ferrule or the shaft of an agitator, without direct spray contact, that section of surface is iffy-at-best (or, much more likely, it is filthy). 
    KOSS can help, modifying your existing products, or providing new components/equipment/systems, or otherwise servicing your plant!

    KOSS Curd Cyclone CIP-able Sprayball
    Cleaning-Devices, both in selection and placement, can make or break the cleanliness yielded by your cleaning process.  Do you trust your OEM?
  • Sloppy Slopes & Other Drainage Fails.  Whether your piping is just a little too flat, or totally flat, your situation is inadequate draining.  Maybe it’s sloppy slopes in your vessel bottom, or incorrectly mounted components (such as PD pumps needing to be vertical, both in design and in their placement…), or even process piping supports gone bad…these inadequate draining situations can give safe harbor to bacteria.Consider KOSS for new products & on-site services, we also provide modification services.
  • Poor Welds & Polishing Problems.  Superior quality continuous welds are absolutely necessary for sanitary components, equipment, and systems…that’s why Koss Industrial only brings in the best welders, fabricators, and finishers. Our craftsmen’s skills need to yield food-grade results, we’re serious about providing hygienic products and services to the Dairy Industry.

    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
    A superior weld needs a superior finish. You can trust KOSS to provide a true sanitary weld and finish.
  • Sharp Corners.  Smooth product contact surfaces are the ideal, a nice radius provides a more cleanly surface, especially when  compared to square corners, or corners with welds, that are more difficult to clean and can provide a safe haven for undesirables (bacteria).

    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
    Keep clean, avoid square corners, or corners with welds. KOSS knows sanitary design, as you can see in this image (our COP Tank agitation)
  • Slow Flow.  Maybe you’ve added additional piping, or perhaps your flow velocity has always been less than ideal, whatever the reason, if your flow isn’t turbulent enough to appropriately scour the surface, then you aren’t getting a truly sanitary clean.  Interested in ‘beefing up’ your pumps?  KOSS is an Authorized Alfa Laval Pump SuperCenter with a varied stock here in Green Bay, WI (we’re able to supply & service a variety of brands to meet individual customer requirements).
  • Tepid Temperatures.  Even if it’s not “tepid”, it’s still not hot enough, or maybe its too hot…identifying & adhering to the proper temperature for cleaning your process is necessary for you to clean effectively.  Monitoring & controlling is vital to maintain the necessary temperature – KOSS’ Electrical Dept. is experienced in providing sanitary control via proper instrumentation and automation.
  • Where’s the soap?!  Is your chemical really in your cleaning solution?  Or rather, is enough chemical in your cleaning solution for it to be effective?  Dosing Pumps are a great idea to control the instruction of chemicals into your cleaning solution.  Conductivity Transmitters/Probes/Sensors are quite helpful if you want to verify the strengths of your caustic and acid in your cleaning solutions.

Protect your customers and your brand!  Identify threats to your sanitary clean, contact Koss Industrial, Inc. when you’re ready to shore up the weaker points in your cleaning process.  Stay sanitary, and consider KOSS!

Time flies when you’re having fun – it is all too easy to allow certain routine tasks to slip past your radar.  There are many reasons why your plant’s Piping & Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) may no longer be up to date, but don’t worry, KOSS can help if you have neither the time nor the inclination to revise your Plant P&ID.  Maybe your sanitary process piping no longer appears to be so sanitary…  Whether you want your piping mapped out, brought up to code, re-sized, or re-routed – Koss Industrial’s talented Road Crew & Engineering Team can help you on-site.

“KOSS-Quality” – Innovation You Can Trust.

There’s “high-quality”, and then there’s “KOSS-Quality” – superior products & services.  Utilizing our skilled Engineering Team’s Services to update your Plant P&ID provides an excellent opportunity to go over any future plans or concepts (for future projects, you’ll know that we’re familiar with your plant).  We provide custom solutions that complement individual applications.  By having a KOSS team member update your Plant P&ID you also benefit from having another set of eyes on your process layout and plant design.  We love it when we’re given the opportunity to help customer processes experience higher-efficiencies with lower complexity & maintenance.

Koss Industrial, Inc. offers a broad range of services beyond Process/Mechanical Design & Engineering.  Consider our Road Crew – we’ve been working on-site at customer facilities from the very beginning.  Did you know that KOSS worked in local customer plants before we had our own manufacturing plant?  Customer-centric,  Koss Industrial was founded by brothers Joe & John Koss, who started out working on-site in Wisconsin cheese plants – so you can trust that KOSS understands the idiosyncrasies of the Dairy Industry.

Request a Presentation or Quote Today!

Innovate with Koss Industrial, Inc.

Discover Smaller Footprint Production Lines (For Custom Block & Barrel Handling)

Need to reduce the size of your blocks & barrels, without sacrificing all of your floor space?  KOSS Sanitary, Custom Grinders can help with that.  Other lines can be bulky, involving multiple steps and machines…KOSS Grinders can extrude barrels, directly into cookers or onto conveyors if desired.

Sick of harping?

Sick of harping on the same old issues when cutting your cheese barrels?  Cutting barrels can pose an enormous safety risk.  All of those moving parts can be an accident waiting to happen, and securing the area surrounding cutting machinery takes up a significant amount of space.  Instead of cutting product to reduce size, try a KOSS Grinder, or view some of our equipment tests in our Green Bay, WI manufacturing plant.  We’ve tested a variety of cheeses, in Grinders ranging from lab- to production-sized.  View some of our videos in the playlist below.  Can you see your product in a KOSS Custom Grinder?

Free up floor space!

Koss Industrial, Inc. believes your space is valuable, so why waste it?  Our production lines are custom designed to suit your space – whether you have limited floor space, or a height restriction, KOSS will find a way if there’s one to be found.

Sized to suit you, the biggest constraint on time for KOSS Grinders is load (feed) time…the standard “speed problem” is that our machines grind faster than they can be loaded.

Strong & sanitary, innovation is the name of our game – call us at 1.800.844.6261 and find out more about the Custom Grinder KOSS would recommend for your application!