How to maximize and modernize the wiring of food and beverage production lines

by:NEWLINE     2021-06-01
How to maximize and modernize the wiring of food and beverage production lines 2017-01-24 14:32 In the food and beverage production process, data transmission is basically carried out on the production site full of machinery, terminals and chemicals. This places extremely high requirements on the wiring of the beverage production line: wires must withstand years of washing, connectors must withstand long periods of liquid soaking, and at the same time, the normal operation of motors and other key components must be ensured. If a cable system or Ethernet switch fails during the production process, the maintenance and labor costs alone are 15 to 20 times higher than the cost of the connector or the wire itself. In this line, the total cost of downtime caused by downtime amounts to between US$20,000 and US$30,000 per hour. By investing in automation components that have stable performance even at extreme temperatures and high pressures, such high cost losses caused by downtime can be prevented. Using a customized beverage production line wiring scheme is a good choice, because it not only meets the needs of specific applications, but also protects the network and maximizes uptime. Choosing an efficient solution: flushable connectors. When choosing connectors for food and beverage production, keep the following points in mind: Installability: According to the standard M8 or M12 connection technology, the connector realizes easy installation. Reliability: The connector must have a gold-plated crimp connection to ensure reliable data transmission. Flexibility: The connector should provide multiple options for various poles, combination brakes and sensor line groups or connection cables to ensure higher flexibility. Integrity: The connector should have a shock-proof function and be able to withstand the cleaning of high-pressure equipment. The surface of the connector should also be smooth to prevent the formation and accumulation of bacteria and residues. Impermeability: The connector should have corrosion resistance to chemicals and cleaning agents, which is very important to prevent the connector from degrading. Industry certification: The connector needs to be certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL). Industry grade: In addition to UL certification, connectors must also meet key industry grades, such as waterproof cable and connector grade IP67, waterproof immersion grade IP68, and IP69K, which is recognized as a component that can be cleaned by high-pressure equipment. Temperature range: The connectors used in this row should be able to withstand a temperature range of -40°C to 105°C. These features ensure that the system meets the ever-increasing data requirements of the Industrial Internet of Things and can withstand the harsh environmental conditions of the factory production workshop. Different data transmission through I/O modules I/O modules should support all common transmission protocols, such as the variants of industrial Ethernet Profinet and Ethernet/IP, or Profibus, DeviceNet, CANopen and AS interfaces of fieldbus systems. High-quality wiring largely depends on the resistance of the module. The environmental conditions at the production site are usually harsh, which means that the I/O module must have a protection level of up to IP69K, so as to ensure that the module can withstand the flushing of high-pressure equipment like a flushable connector. High-pressure cleaning is essential to ensure the cleanliness of factory components and food hygiene. Just like connectors, I/O modules need to be resistant to corrosion by chemicals and cleaning agents, and they need to be shock-proof.
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