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VEGAPULS 69 Level Sensors with SignalFire Remote Sensing System Automate Flour Usage Management in Pizza Production Plant
Press release date: April 5, 2017
HUDSON, MA – April 5, 2017…A regional pizza commissary will soon be able to remotely and more efficiently manage flour storage silos at its production plant from locally-networked personal computers. VEGA Americas and SignalFire Wireless Telemetry have teamed up to couple VEGAPULS69 radar level instruments with a SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) to provide a wireless remote monitoring and control solution to track flour usage.
Previously, operators at the pizza production plant would only know their flour levels were low when the vibrator on the silo began to make a loud, banging noise. Based on production needs, the pizza plant requires up to three flour deliveries a week to support their output of over 50,000 crusts. With no measurement instrumentation, the plant must rely on the delivery company’s word that they delivered the requested load amount. As a result, the pizza plant is less efficient with production schedules than it could be and risks inaccuracies in product delivery quantities which can be costly. SFRSS integrated with the VEGAPULS69 level sensors will wirelessly transmit flour usage data to the plant network where it is accessible by personal computers and other devices. Installed atop the silos, the VEGAPULS69 level sensors provide continuous measurement of bulk solids in storage silos under different process conditions.
The VEGAPULS69 is the ideal level instrument for this application as its maintenance-free design works flawlessly in explosive and dusty environments such as the pizza flour silo. Offering superior signal focusing and high sensitivity to detect small signals from powdery solids, the VEGAPLS69 sensors ensure reliable level measurement. A HART data interface minimizes power usage, which is important when paired with the wireless SignalFire HART Sentinel node. The Sentinel not only powers the instrument, but manages its power to greatly extend its battery life. With 30-minute check-in intervals, battery life is estimated to exceed 5 years, without running expensive EX conduit.
To find out more about VEGAPLUS69 level sensors, visit https://www.vega.com/en/home_us/Products/Product-catalog/Level/Radar/VEGAPULS-69
For more information on the Signal Fire Remote Sensing System, visit the website at http://www.signal-fire.com/about/technology/ or download the SignalFire Product Catalog.
VEGA develops innovative measurement technology that is easy to install and operate and offers maximum safety and reliability. Our product portfolio includes sensors for measurement of level, density, and pressure, as well as equipment and software for integration into process control systems. For over 50 years, the company has developed solutions to demanding measurement tasks for chemical and pharmaceutical plants, the food industry, drinking water supply systems, sewage treatment plants, landfills, mining, power generation, oil platforms, ships and airplanes.
About SignalFire Wireless Telemetry
SignalFire Wireless Telemetry designs and manufactures wireless telemetry products that enable robust, long-distance wireless communication connecting multiple devices in challenging outdoor environments. In 2015, the company became a part of the TASI Group and the TASI Flow Division. SignalFire joins the TASI Flow family, a global leader in flow instrumentation, with brands including TRICOR Coriolis, AW Gear Meters, KEM Küppers, LitreMeter, and Vögtlin Thermal Mass Flow Meters and Controllers. For more information about SignalFire, visit http://www.signal-fire.com/.
About the TASI Group
The TASI Group of Companies is comprised of three technologically advanced product platforms commonly linked by a disciplined focus on Test, Measurement, and Assembly. Each TASI company delivers products and services to today’s world manufacturing environments, focusing on Automotive, Medical Devices, Oil and Gas, Plastic Containers, Consumer and General Industrial markets. For more information about the TASI Group, visit their Web site at www.tasigroup.com.