To reduce energy consumption and improve performance in the beverage industry requires product engineers to design and implement an automated system to provide long term savings with a minimal up front investment and training requirements. The driving force has been a constant increase in utility cost, a reduction in the labor force and the need to improve operation and maintenance processes. The beverage industry has evolved over the years incorporating new technologies throughout the production process. Digital display flow meters with rate, total and Modbus communication protocol provide accurate measurement of the beverage process.
How it’s made....
Beverage production processes requires a precision monitoring system to ensure accurate mixing and blending of proprietary ingredients. This process includes water, syrup and Air / N2 (nitrogen) / CO2 (carbon dioxide) to complete the blending process.
The first step in the production process is to treat the water which goes through a two step filtration process and then de-oxygenated process. Concentrate and sugar go into a reservoir tank creating syrup which then goes through a clarification and filtration process. Water purity is an important process in soft drink preparation along with proprietary ingredient. An automated monitoring system plays an important role in the production process. The purified water and syrup concentrate merge into a filler tank. CO2 (carbon dioxide) is injected into the blend and bottled as it moves down a conveyor belt prior to packaging.
Standard operating procedure in the beverage industry consists of periodic cleaning with a sodium hydroxide solution to wash down the equipment. Instruments using a powder coated aluminum enclosure cannot withstand the harsh chemicals, over time the wash down process attacks the coating and begins the corrosion process damaging internal components which leads to down time and costly maintenance.
We developed a flow meter with mechanical indication constructed of a durable super ABS material (standard) that can stand up to the harsh chemicals used to clean the equipment without damage to critical instrumentation. The flow meters have a NEMA 4X rating which protects the flow meters internal components reducing unnecessary maintenance cost. All wetted parts use 316 stainless steel, viton seals and gasketed case.
The digital display flow meters offer rate and total on the display with optional Modbus communication protocol. Rugged GRP (Glassfibre Reinforced Polyamide) enclosure and polycarbonate window, silicon and EPDM gaskets. UV stabilized and flame retardant materials with three industrial micro-switch keys to withstand the harsh environment. The 2-wire loop powered wet/wet differential pressure sensor provides a 4-20mA signal to the display.