VEGABAR 38 reliably measures the pressure in emulsion lines and prevents pump failure
When it comes to pressure and level measurement, FrieslandCampina Kievit relies on sensors from Schiltach, and has done so for around 15 years. Over this time, a wide variety of sensors from VEGA have been installed across the plant. “I appreciate the reliability of the instruments and know that there’s no need to worry about them,” says van den Berg, explaining his choice. “Over the years, you simply get a feeling for whether an instrument works well or not.”
And since 2011, many more instruments from VEGA have been in use: a VEGAPULS 61 non-contact radar level sensor in wastewater treatment, as well as point level switches VEGACAP, VEGASWING and VEGAVIB in various applications. Numerous pressure measuring instruments from VEGA are also in use, monitoring various production processes, for example, storage of fats and filter monitoring.
“In the past, pressure gauges from another manufacturer were used here, but due to their short lifespan they always caused problems,” explains van den Berg. Other measuring principles, such as flow measurement, did not work properly either. On the one hand, the penetration of moisture caused problems, and on the other, the diaphragms of the sensors would often fail. “However, this measurement is absolutely necessary for the overall process, as it is the only way to monitor the contamination of the filter, which in turn is crucial for the proper functioning of the pump,” explains van den Berg further.The new VEGABAR 38 was installed at this measuring point even before its official market launch in August 2019. It is a universally applicable pressure transmitter with ceramic measuring cell for measurement of gases, vapors and liquids up to 130 °C. This very compact sensor enables simple and, at the same time, highly efficient automation. Above all, there are no compromises in terms of safety, hygiene or accuracy, i.e. exactly the requirements that are crucial in food production.
A plus in operational safety
The universal connection for hygienic adapters on the new sensor series reduces installation work. Process fittings can be selected as required and adapted to the on-site requirements. The sensor also has a display with on-site adjustment options and, as a special highlight, a full-color 360° status display. This is not only for optical reasons: since the color of the illuminated ring can be freely selected, it can also be adapted to unfavorable lighting conditions. At a glance, the user can see if the measuring process is running, if the sensor is switching, or if there is a possible malfunction in the process.
The IO-Link standard protocol ensures universal and simultaneously simple communication. The instruments thus have a standardized communication platform that enables seamless data transfer and simple integration into the system.
The new VEGABAR measuring instrument series can also be conveniently read out and configured with a smartphone or tablet. Especially in environments with many pipelines and interconnected production processes, where access is difficult and time-consuming, this option considerably simplifies sensor adjustment and operation. This is an aspect that van den Berg appreciates very much in his daily work routine.
Simple, reliable setup and commissioning
Since this first deployment was more or less a pilot run, the VEGA team stayed on hand during the installation. “In the future, however, we’ll handle everything ourselves. Thanks to Bluetooth being compatible with the app or PACTware software, the setup and monitoring of the VEGA instruments is very easy,” says van den Berg, who has appreciated the quality and reliability of VEGA instruments as well as VEGA service for many years. Also: “I like the color. After all, it’s also nice to have equipment that looks great,” adds van den Berg, laughing and pointing out that the pressure sensors have been working perfectly since they were installed.