Improving Batch Dispensing in the Food and Beverage Industry

Batch dispensing systems are a useful and convenient method of dispensing specific, predetermined amounts of product through a production system. This method reduces product handling which not only reduces batch manufacturing times but also improves consistency between batches of product.

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The Process

A fully automated batching system can be put together with very little extra equipment. ABB’s ControlMaster CM15 process indicator is one such unit that can be used to ensure simple, accurate and reliable batching of products. This process can be initiated by resetting the CM15’s totalizer (either via the indicator’s front panel or a digital signal from a remote control), then, when the totalizer preset count is reached, the output relay automatically changes state and the flow through the solenoid valve is stopped. The process can be restarted using the push-button control.

Batch dispensing process overview

Batch dispensing process overview

The ControlMaster CM15 Process Indicator

The panel-mount CM15 indicator from ABB is a 1/8 DIN universal process indicator. It is feature-rich and boasts a full-color TFT display. The display shows operators key information while providing both configuration and operations menus in full text to make the unit’s installation and use both intuitive and simple to commission and install.

The CM15 indicator includes the following key features:

  • Direct and accurate connection to electromagnetic flow meters, ensuring that the frequency signal is totalized and displayed on screen. The unit also boasts totalization and counter functions used for the calculation and display of total values, alongside pulse counting capability.
  • NEMA 4X and IP66 environmental protection for measurement and indication ‘on-site’.
  • Dual-point indication which allows the values from two processes to be displayed simultaneously.
  • Both ethernet and MODBUS® communication options which allow easy connectivity into practically any higher level control system.

ControlMaster CM15 process indicator

ControlMaster CM15 process indicator

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