Titan Enterprises has published a white paper reporting on an investigation into the use of electronic flow meters in high-speed batching processes.
High-speed batch dosing in filling lines – typically seen within the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries – is a modern process that increases production throughput and efficiency, as well as saving on cleaning costs associated with traditional batching processes.
Historically, small turbine flowmeters have satisfied markets where reasonable volume batching is used, such as beer wall dispensing or ultra-pure water dispensing. Such flow measurement devices have excellent response times and are highly effective for low viscosity dosing systems. However, wear and tear of moving parts within turbine flowmeters can limit the life of the device. The requirement for hygienic cleaning can also add to downtime and associated cost implications.
Ultrasonic flow meters such as Titan’s Atratoprovide an easy-to-clean system with no moving parts for processes requiring high-speed integrated batch dosing, but there can be a trade-off between response time and affordability.
Titan’s white paper highlights some of the issues raised when using electronic flow meters for high-speed batching. It details investigative trials designed to determine the optimum results for high-speed (at sub three second), batching using an electronic flow meter that can be achieved with an accuracy higher than ±0.5%. The ultrasonic Atrato was used to achieve a cost-effective solution for high accuracy, rapid batch control.
In trials, significant increases in high-speed batching performance were shown using the Atrato together with bespoke AI learning software, and an appropriate system set-up in laboratory conditions.
Neil Hannay, Titan’s Senior R&D Engineer, said: “Our Research and Development is driven by helping our customers address challenges within their process systems. This could be enhancing existing technology and performance, trialling different materials and characteristics, or designing new flow measurement devices to meet specific customer needs and liquid flow conditions.”