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Paperless recorders for UK-based cheese manufacturer

Moving from traditional analogue circular chart recorder to digital recording and logging technology for higher levels of product quality in the pasteurizer plant

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Food quality regulations require several parameters in the pasteurizer plant to be accurately recorded and the paper record/chart stored for several years. When the paper chart recorder and controller failed in the middle of a pasteurization run it resulted in the treatment process having to be stopped and the pasteurization process being put at risk.

Manufacturing organic soft cheese

Specializing in the manufacture of organic soft cheese, Somerset, UK based Daisy & Co regularly produces a range of special quality cheeses in batches to meet specific customer demands, using purpose-built equipment including a traditional pasteurizer set.

Daisy & Co had been using dedicated circular chart recorders for decades to trace and record process data such as hot and cold product temperatures and the heating medium temperature. However, due to the inherently humid and wet conditions of the dairy production environment, the instrument was showing signs of wear and needed to be either refurbished or replaced.

Main facts

Industry Food & Beverage
Customer Daisy & Co
Country United Kingdom
Solutions Paperless videographic recorders
System integrator
A M Sensors Ltd

ABB partner helping to restore the production process

A replacement for circular chart recorders was needed urgently, so in a bid to resolve the problem as quickly as possible and restore the production process, Daisy and Co approached local ABB alliance partner A M Sensors Ltd for a solution.

AM Sensors responded immediately, loaning Daisy & Co a chart recorder while they considered what to do next. The initial priority was to get production back up and running, with a secondary aim of resolving existing operational, quality and accuracy issues. After being quoted for both a conventional replacement and an electronic ABB SM500F recorder, Daisy & Co, had no hesitation in selecting the SM500F videographic recorder.
After being quoted for both a conventional replacement and an electronic recorder, the customer had no hesitation in selecting the SM500F videographic recorder

Pasteurization process up and running with minimal disruption

Following installation of the SM500F, Daisy & Co is enjoying paper-free, transparent recording of its production and pasteurization processes. The pasteurization process was up and running with minimal disruption thanks to the dedicated intuitive controls, displays and windows-style menus. The easy to install system remains robust in a hostile environment, is extremely easy to use and produces
easy-to-read reports via the free software supplied.

The SM500F enables Daisy & Co to continuously track what is happening in each process and allows it to conveniently store data for future reference. This move from traditional analogue circular chart recorder to digital recording and logging technology gives Daisy and Co access to a wider range of production data which can be used to ensure even higher levels of product quality.
The easy to install system remains robust in a hostile environment, is extremely easy to use and produces easy-to-read reports via the free software supplied.

ABB electronic data recorder

The SM500F is an electronic data recorder that can be installed anywhere, taking recording out of the control room and offering users localized access to operational data.

In a highly regulated industry the recorder offers efficient and constant transparency whilst reducing incidents of wastage due to product irregularities. The data can also be electronically archived and readily retrieved for future reference without the storage issues associated with paper-chart recorders.

Fully compliant with the FDA’s (Food and Drug Administration) 21 CFR Part 11 regulations concerning electronic process data collection, the SM500F is ideal for any installation where local indication and recording of process conditions is needed. Typical applications for the device include cold storage, temperature and humidity monitoring, effluent monitoring, borehole abstraction and building management systems. Its fully sealed IP66 and NEMA 4X enclosure provides full protection against water and dust ingress making it ideal for hosedown and dirty applications.
In a highly regulated industry the recorder offers efficient and constant transparency whilst reducing incidents of wastage due to product irregularities.

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