SCADA applications in the Food Industry

The food and beverage industry has its challenges when it comes to control and monitoring systems. Special care has to be taken as the food industry has quality control and regulated environments that make the process of automation highly complex.

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SCADA systems play a vital role in providing automation solutions in the food industry. The HMI and SCADA systems are versatile, powerful and flexible, with modern design and alarm configuration systems.

What can SCADA systems do?

The SCADA systems offer their partnership to the development of integrated solutions for hardware and software in the food industry. This includes supervisory control of the production plants, acquisition and processing of the food production data, maintaining quality control over the storage and production processes and managing the remote control of the paraphernalia and public networks.

The storage and production process workflows in the food and beverage industry are subject to regulatory laws that are directly related to quality control. As a result, the quality control system provided by the SCADA platform can be applied successfully in many verticals of the food industry. It allows the compliance of the production processes with the mandated quality control criteria. This leads to control of both the investment costs and limiting the losses in production.

The SCADA systems provide consistent monitoring of significant variables involved in the production process. The quality control report is generated with the help of graphical trends that certify that the production is compliant with the regulatory laws. These systems also certify that the quality of the product stored is not altered by the storage process and the original characteristics are not modified. Any anomalous condition is detected promptly and is signaled with alarm. In case the alarm is left unattended, the system directly sends a message on the number of the maintenance operator.

All the available information is available to all the computers which are connected locally or remotely to the network.

Here is how the SCADA systems handle some of the processes in the food and beverage industry:

Packaging

The SCADA systems provide a powerful toolbox for the HMI and OEE dashboards that are efficiently utilized in the packaging of the products. The SCADA systems help in monitoring filling, wrapping and bottling of the boxes.

Recipe recreation using SCADA systems

There is no need for manual supervision every time the creation starts, for the SCADA systems can be used to create user-defined recipes within the system itself. The recipes can also be imported and exported along with the real-time data in the XML formats. All of this guarantees consistent and high-quality end products.

Enforcing the quality standards

The SCADA systems ensure that the food products and beverages produced to meet the traceability standards. Digital signatures are used for protecting the user security. The compliance with regulatory mandates such as FDA 21 along with other variables such as temperature, process workflows and humidity can also be maintained.

Visualization

With the help of SCADA systems, it is possible to keep track on the current status of production. The software creates animations that display valve, tank and pump status. These trends can be compared for recognizing patterns and logging purposes.

Creation of Reports

The SCADA systems have inbuilt tools that can be used to log data into any database. The information can also be accessed to create reports and ensuring quality control.

 

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