Flow Diversion Device (FDD)
Also called the flow diversion valve (FDV), it is located at the downstream end of the upward sloping holding tube. It is essentially a 3-way valve, which, at temperatures greater than 72° C,opens to forward flow. This step requires power. At temperatures less than 72° C, the valve recloses to the normal position and diverts the milk back to the balance tank. It is important to note that the FDD operates on the measured temperature, not time, at the end of the holding period. There are two types of FDD:
single stem - an older valve system that has the disadvantage that it can't be cleaned in place.
dual stem - consists of 2 valves in series for additional fail safe systems. This FDD can be cleaned in place and is more suited for automation.