Automate valve controls in an uncomplicated and cost-optimised way

Burkert provides customers with the most objective advice when automating valve controls in the most uncomplicated and cost-optimised way.

To meet market requirements and take advantage of the opportunities offered by digitalisation, machines and systems in hygienic environments and the need for automation is ever-increasing the standards for food and beverage manufacturers.

Anyone who develops, produces, and installs machines for the food industry, will therefore need forward-thinking automation concepts that help keep manufacturing costs under control whilst still providing optimal hygienic standards and meeting connectivity requirements.

“Bürkert provide their customers with the most objective advice we can and offer, the most neutral solution possible in which we reduce everything to a minimum – leaving out the things they don’t need: complexity, risk and engineering effort,” said James Emerson, national food and beverage manager for Bürkert.

“This allows us then to support the food and beverage industry with intelligent, space-saving components and systems that can be quickly integrated, scalable for changes in demand and intelligently robust for non-stop productivity.”

Digitalisation is a great opportunity to make machines and plants safer and more maintainable.

Automation does not have to be complicated. Solutions provided with simple wiring and tubing, minimal space requirements for cables, flexible digital networking and quick start-up are available and cost effective in migrating and updating sites to meet current standards and improve efficiency.

“What is most important to our customers is ‘reduced down-time’ where tens of thousands of dollars are wasted every minute,” said Emerson.

“Transparency provided through digitalised and networked systems, such as control heads on valves, gives operators the opportunity to have programmed maintenance mapping throughout their plant, direct feedback from each valve in the field through diagnostics and overall cost savings for better bottom line results.

“That’s how digitalisation is making a big positive impact with those who are embracing transformation.”

Challenges with traditional concepts

Discrete wiring leads to a lot of effort. The challenges become visible using the example of a filling machine for food or beverage products: Various drives, flow meters, pressure and temperature sensors are required for the process. Each device has a cable connection to a discrete port of an IO module in the control cabinet.

Burkert provides customers with the most objective advice

Burkert provides customers with the most objective advice

The wiring of the machine takes a lot of time when consumer devices such as sensors or control heads exchange their signals over numerous strands in a cable, which quickly makes the installation confusing.

Tedious, error-prone installation is common with this solution, because to connect a device, it is necessary to correctly connect all 12 strands in the cable.

Cable breaks can easily occur, which are often difficult to find. The potential for errors is high, and troubleshooting is usually extremely time-consuming. This also applies to installation and commissioning in general.

Lots of cables and lots of IO cards also mean: a lot of space is required. Control cabinets and cable racks must be correspondingly large and require a lot of floor space. Another disadvantage is that because of the large number of cables, sudden changes in voltage can cause crosstalk from one cable to another cable laid in parallel, which disrupts the process and impairs its repeatability.

Greater security, less effort through intelligent networking

There is a better way. An intelligent networking solution reduces the number of cables to four, while only one type of IO-Link master serves all devices at the same time. All relevant data is available digitally – and significantly more parameters can be read out than in conventional solutions.

Permanent diagnostics are thus possible to ensure system availability at all times. In addition, an integrated S2 redundancy increases the availability of the system – pure safety.

Since all connectors are replaced with M12 connectors, the process of assembling electrical equipment is very fast, safe, and easy. The switch from analogue to digital devices also eliminates the need for recalibration after a certain period of operation.

Control your system decentrally – for more productivity, improved safety and sustainability

To ensure that end products are produced with consistency and high- quality, the production plant must precisely control and regulate all media at all times. Fast-switching, intelligent process valves are essential for this.

They are part of an overall concept designed and implemented as part of an objective consultation for a customised solution, just for your plant.

This results in individually planned decentralised automation solutions that ensure that the infrastructure and valve control of your systems do exactly what they are supposed to do and can be continuously monitored using numerous parameters.

How can this be achieved?

More productive thanks to intelligent control heads from Bürkert.

Decentralised automation with Bürkert means: Locally controlled process valves regulate the function of your system. The intelligence is in the control heads – a concept with many advantages. The control head Type 8681 can also be used universally, so that process valves from different manufacturers can be easily automated with this solution.

When is decentralised automation right for you?

Consider if you need clear, flexible pneumatic control across your production facility. Would you find value in transparent processes and fast commissioning?

Could real-time, on-the-spot information for critical processes improve safety and maintenance downtime with faster reaction to mid-production faults? If these are core goals for your business, then perhaps this solution is right for you.

“Bürkert is at the forefront of decentralised control top technology with unparalleled connectivity capabilities to modern fieldbus protocols,” said Emerson.

“We’ve been assisting customers for the better part of the last decade in upgrading, evolving, and improving their plant processes for the better.

“There is a solution for every customer, large or small and we’ve got hands on experience in helping them find the right fit for their individual challenges.”

Bürkert’s partners can take advantage of our cross-sector experience with regard to all automation concepts and fluid handling in hygienic production processes. We offer you comprehensive technical know-how as well as suitable system and product solutions for both customised and standard applications – all paired with solution-oriented consulting.

In working collectively across the food and beverage industry for more than four decades, Bürkert Australia know the challenges faced by the industry and are moving towards more sustainable, efficient solutions to help improve productivity and bottom-line results for our partners.

Learn more about Bürkert here.

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