Q series

Our comprehensive dairy range includes the Alfa Laval Q517, a nozzle separator specifically engineered to meet the demands of highly viscous dairy products such as quark and Greek yoghurt. The Q517 offers you a unique solution for greater flexibility, reliability and control over the product quality.


A quark separator specially engineered for viscous products

  • A fit-for-purpose solution carefully designed to provide efficient and reliable separation and high yield
  • A nozzle separator that gives you flow control and process flexibility
  • High preservation of product quality thanks to a gentle inlet and outlet design that reduces drop splitting
  • Easy to clean with discharge function that prevents nozzle clogging for efficient cleaning-in-place (CIP)
  • Maximum reliability thanks to high-grade stainless steel that resists corrosion from chlorides and CIP chemicals

A dependable solution for quark dairy products

The Q517 nozzle separator has been specifically developed to meet the challenges with viscous types of products. Built with our PX discharge function, it ensures gentle handling of products like quark and the thickest yoghurts. It also features high-quality components that contribute to reliable assurance of product safety and quality. Together with our innovations for efficient separation, the Q517 gives you confident assurance of hygienic, dependable and cost-effective separation for your niche product processing.


Saving energy, cutting costs

Alfa Laval separators with Hermetic Design are the most energy-efficient on the market. When our unique eMotion technology is added, minimized air friction brings additional power reduction. Combined, our unique design and technologies can deliver up to 70% energy reduction compared to non-hermetic alternatives on the market.

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Sustainable is our standard

Alfa Laval wants to help dairy producers make optimal use of every resource in their process. That’s why we build high-efficiency dairy separators that prevent product waste while consuming less energy and water, thanks to unique innovations. Letting you deliver top-quality products that leave a smaller environmental footprint.

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Where to use Alfa Laval Q517

Where to use the Q517

Common applications: quark, Greek or Turkish yoghurt and cheese production


Features that make the difference

What sets Alfa Laval separators apart is what’s on the inside: a broad scope of unique and patented technologies that, taken together, help dairy customers achieve improved product quality along with superior hygienic confidence. They also make it possible to drastically decrease both water and energy consumption, reducing both operational costs and environmental footprint.


Hermetic Design

Gentle acceleration, powerful efficiency

A unique air-tight bowl that enables improved product quality and drastically reduces power consumption.



Mechanical simplicity for higher efficiency and lower costs

A direct-drive system with fewer rotating parts that minimizes both maintenance and energy costs.



New levels of capacity and hygiene

A radical new disc design that decreases cleaning needs while increasing flow rate by up to 20%.



Double the output per kWh

An innovation to minimize friction, which cuts the separator´s energy consumption and CO2 footprint by up to 70%.



Outstanding solids capacity

Continuous solid discharge ensures an intact and highly concentrated stream for onward processing or as a valuable by-product. This makes it possible to increase separation capacity.

Separators for every application

Alfa Laval was born from the invention of the modern milk separator. Today, we cover the full scope of dairy separation applications. With unique innovations to increase profitability and sustainability in your process, no matter your product. Check our full portfolio!

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Test, validate, and scale up your next separation solution

Whether upgrading your production line or running a proof of concept, Alfa Laval helps you choose the right separator solution with confidence. Simply get in touch to arrange a consultation and trial at one of our test centres, or to rent a unit for onsite testing.

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Contact us to find our dairy partners

Alfa Laval separation equipment plays a critical role in all types of dairies, in all parts of the world. To best serve this market, we work with Tetra Pak as our Global Alliance partner and other selected process integrators in selected regions. Please contact us to connect to an Alfa Laval partner in your region.


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The Separator Innovator

Alfa Laval invented the first disc stack separator over a century ago. Since then, we have led the way by constantly improving and reinventing centrifuge technology. Making it safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. Visit our Separator Innovator knowledge base and discover how we continue to revolutionize separation processes across industries.

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