New Semi-Automatic Batching Station with Lot Tracking and Batch Validation Capabilities

Press Release Summary:

  • Eliminates bad batches resulting from operator error and interruption
  • Records the ingredient and batch data and print batch reports
  • Alarm message enables a supervisor to review the performance of the operator and track problems

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Semi-Automatic Batching Station

Sterling, IL -- for immediate release: Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of its affordable Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Station that can eliminate bad batches typically associated with manual batching, and assist in meeting product safety goals with lot tracking and batch validation capabilities.

This Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Station serves a wide range of industrial applications where the negative effects of time consuming and problematic manual batching currently needs to be improved. The batching station utilizes operator involvement through each step in the batching process, and provides automated operator instructions or prompting, ingredient lot tracking, automatic weighing with over/under tolerance control, assures compliance with recipe/formula, etc. Eliminating bad batches resulting from operator error and interruption is a primary benefit.

The Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Stations' PC will ask the operator to add ingredients to the batch for weighing and will sequence an operator through the chosen recipe/formula one ingredient at time. The Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Station ensures that each ingredient is added to the container, is within your programmed weight tolerance, and that the ingredient lot is correctly logged before the batching station will index to the next required ingredient. This ensures that accurate correct batching is created by the operator.

The Sterling Systems & Controls' Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Station provides real time records for each batch produced. This enables the highest standards to be maintained by ensuring a consistently batched product. As batches are produced, the batching station records the ingredient and batch data, and can locally print batch reports. Additional reports and data can be printed on a networked printer (batching station will need to be connected to your network). The printout provides a hard copy of each ingredient identification and lot, along with the required and actual weights according to the recipe/formula run. A time and date is also stamped on each report at the start and end of the batch.

If an alarm condition occurs during the batch creation, the batching station can print an alarm message enabling a supervisor to review the performance of the operator and track problems that may occur later. Batching reports can be printed automatically at the end of a batch, or can be recalled and printed on demand through either the Semi-Automatic Hand Prompt Batching Station software or WebCentral™ (optional supervisory control software application).

A barcode scanner can be provided and attached to the batching station using a NEMA 4X quick disconnect bulkhead connector mounted on the control panel. A wireless version of the barcode scanner is also available. Prior to any wash down of the batching station control panel the barcode scanner must be removed. Many options are available.

Sterling Systems & Controls, Inc. has 50 years of experience providing efficient solutions for process weighing, batching and automation. Sterling Systems' designs utilize the latest technology to provide specialized data management, raw material management, along with production data tracking. For more information contact Sterling Systems & Controls at 1-815-625-0852 sci@sterlingcontrols.com, and at www.sterlingcontrols.com.

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