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Condition monitoring for bottling and canning

17 September 2020 Other technologies

BMG’s Light Materials Handling division has introduced a new condition monitoring system, which has been developed to automatically monitor the coefficient of friction of bottling or canning lines, ensuring consistently high productivity levels.

The company’s new System Plast iCOF condition monitoring device ensures efficient handling and flow of all container types, including PET, glass and cans. Variations in the coefficient of friction are reliable indicators of changing conditions and even pollution of the conveyor, especially in dry running lines.

The iCOF device is a complete unit, with sliders that can be mounted on a conveyor and integrated into the line control system to monitor friction. It collects performance data, obtains data for troubleshooting or acts as continuous input for the line controls. It can also be used as a standalone or portable device for spot measurements, without the need for operator intervention.

The data obtained is used to calculate the average value, as well as the standard deviation and the trend. These values trigger an alarm if preset limits are reached. Based on this signal, the user can check the situation and take corrective action before efficiency is compromised. Another key feature is an easily definable optimum cleaning regime called Smart Cleaning. Long-term line conditions can be analysed using data obtained through Ethernet or Modbus connections.

All BMG’s light materials handling products for food handling, bottling and packaging applications meet the highest conveying and packaging standards in terms of reliability, consistent quality and hygiene controls.

For more information contact Ryan Forsyth, BMG, +27 82 456 1569, ryanf@bmgworld.net, www.bmgworld.net


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