Food processing utilities have stringent cleaning requirements. Personnel requires powerful solutions to thoroughly clean, sanitize, suppress dust, and keep odors under control. Modern plants typically rely on high-pressure cleaning systems that expedite cleaning, allowing them to save money by cutting down their use of water and chemicals.
A major poultry processing facility in the Southeastern United States is using wash-down pumps in the plants it oversees. Not long after the installation of the pumps one of the units sustained internal damage due to improper operation. For a prolonged time, the pump experienced insufficient flow, while the motor was operating at full speed. The poultry processor had to pay thousands in repairs to replace the faulty high-pressure pump, which would have cost well over $20,000 to replace.
Operations in the food industry cannot take such risks with wash-down pumps and other costly circulating devices. The poultry processor explored several approaches in this case to tackle low-flow conditions in its pumps. One approach was to mount pressure sensors and use those system readings as the pump control input. This approach proved to be troublesome, ultimately requiring a different solution.
Because the outlet pressure of the wash-down pump was reasonably high when temperatures increased, an ultrasonic clamp-on flow meter was seen as another choice versus a conventional inline meter requiring system shutdown and pricey installation costs. During pump operation, the flow meter could be installed through the use of ultrasonic clamp-on technology.
The Dynasonics TFX-5000 ultrasonic clamp-on flow meter was the solution the plant was seeking, cutting down on the poultry processor’s maintenance costs as well as boosting asset dependability. Through the use of the Dynasonics ultrasonic transit-time flow meter, a Variable Frequency Drive gets flow rate information. This control solution keeps wash-down pumps from operating for a drawn-out period with insufficient, as well as staging a second pump when the situation calls for high demand. It controls the operation of the pump to follow the demands of the system, leading to considerable savings in energy use.
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