FOOD & BEVERAGE
Because the Artesis system is simple to install and requires little user intervention in operation, it combines low start-up costs with the significant benefits of predictive maintenance. Since it doesn’t require any sensor installation on the equipment itself, Artesis eMCM is a particularly good solution for isolated production areas under special environmental conditions.
Typical applications where you can monitor either electrical, mechanical and water pumping conditions:
Depending on the food or beverage being produced, the process may be different from one product to another. However, the machines involved are usually the same in any food and beverage production line.
Monitor the conveying systems that used to move the materials and products along the line and make sure they never stop as the product could be lost. Monitor the motor-driven mixers and centrifuges used in the ingredients blending stage. Faulty equipment in this stage may result in a bad blend that would not meet the standards, thus resulting in product loss.
Monitor the motors and gearboxes driving the extruders in the production line. Depending on the product, extruders may be the heart of the process.
Monitor the feeders that supply ingredients, blenders, and any other material or product needed for the production process. A faulty feeder may be the cause of stopping an entire production line. As you can see, almost any motor-driven equipment can be monitored with Artesis technology to ensure proper operation.
In any production line, there is a need for service equipment. This is particularly more relevant in the food and beverage industry due to sanitation and quality standards. Water, fresh air, and compressed air are among the most common services that need to be supplied to a food and beverage production line.
- Monitor feedwater pumps to ensure the water needed for the process is properly supplied.
- Monitor cleaning water pumps to ensure all the cleaning activities are properly performed.
- Monitor air compressors to ensure all pneumatic devices run properly and detect any load fluctuation due to possible air loss.
- Monitor fresh air supply fans and extraction fans to ensure the ventilation of the facilities meet the standards required.
- Monitor motor-driven equipment used in heating and cooling systems, whether they are used for the process or to control the environment.
Again, Artesis technology allows monitoring of critical equipment to detect any mechanical or electrical problems timely.
For specific processes there may be specific applications. Cookers and ovens may need air supply and extraction fans that should be monitored to ensure proper operation. Artesis monitoring units allow to monitor such fans in addition to any other specific motor-driven equipment consider critical for the process.
Cooling Tower Fan Looseness
In this example, a global automobile manufacturer had installed MCM monitors on a number of cooling tower fans. Because of their physical inaccessibility, these fin fans had proven to be expensive and difficult to monitor with other methods.
The Artesis early warning system gave its first warning on Oct.16th and diagnosed the problem as mechanical looseness. However, the severity level remained low, and over the next few days, the alert was cleared. Based on the diagnosis, the plant staff decided to defer action but to watch closely for further occurrences of the problem.
Gradual deterioration in fan condition led to a renewed alert on Nov. 19th. This time, the alert remained in effect consistently at a moderate severity.
Maintenance inspection was not made until February 14th, during which time a loose attachment bolt was discovered at the point where the fan hub is attached to the driveshaft flange – validating that the initial MCM diagnosis had been correct. Following the correction of the loose fastener, the system remained in alert, accurately identifying a continuing mechanical unbalance condition which may have been related to the original problem.