More visibility in processes: VEGA extends its sensor portfolio for easy process automation

With its new compact series of VEGABAR pressure sensors and VEGAPOINT level switches, this instrument specialist, VEGA, has now advanced to full-range supplier for all level and pressure in process automation. These lower-priced instruments are aimed at standard automation applications – designed to meet the latest requirements in industry.

NEW STANDARD SENSORS WITH A FOCUS ON HYGIENE Just like other sectors, the food industry does not seek extreme solutions, but, in many areas, just simple optimisation and efficiency improvement. Here, less is usually more. VEGA has therefore expanded its product range to include a compact instrument series. It proves: Automation can be both simple and highly efficient without sacrificing dependability, hygiene or accuracy.

Standard applications, in particular, can be automated very economically with the new compact pressure sensors and level switches. Integration into the system as well as adjustment are especially easy to carry out. In this performance class, multi-device connection options are also available, which supports the continuous improvement of production facilities. The focus here is on compactness, flexibility, safety and optimised hygiene.

STANDARDISATION GIVES BIRTH TO EFFICIENCY A uniform standard extends through all areas of application. This applies especially to the fully hygienic adapter system, which is designed to be compatible with the new VEGABAR pressure sensors and VEGAPOINT capacitive level switches as well as the existing VEGASWING vibrating level switches. Not only can it be flexibly selected according to individual needs, but also adapted to local requirements and – if necessary – quickly exchanged. All the new instruments are built to withstand intense CIP processes. And not least due to their hygienic design and surface finish, they comply with all standards and approvals of the industry.

HYGIENIC DESIGN DOWN TO THE LAST DETAIL All surfaces of VEGABAR 29 and 39 sensors that come into contact with the product are made of stainless steel and feature optimal surface roughness values. All materials of these new devices are approved and tested according to FDA and EC 1935/2004. This is confirmed by independent laboratories and institutes

The design of the instruments is certified according to the European EHEDG Directive and the North American 3-A Sanitary Standards. The components are also designed in accordance with GMP regulations (Good Manufacturing Practices) so that all microorganisms are reliably removed by cleaning and cannot multiply on surfaces or in gaps.

VISIBLE ALL AROUND: ILLUMINATED 360° SWITCHING STATUS DISPLAY Sensors are often used in very large spacious areas or in very tight spaces. It is crucial to be able to see sensor readings quickly and easily, so that operators can react as quickly as possible, especially in the event of a fault.

The development of the new VEGABAR and VEGAPOINT sensors focused on simple handling – and the fast and easy readability that comes along with it. Thanks to the round, 360° display, all switching states can be visually detected from any direction. The colour of the illuminated ring, which can be freely selected from 256 different colours, remains clearly visible, even in daylight. It immediately shows the user if measurement is taking place, if the sensor is switching or if there is a possible malfunction in the process.

FIT FOR THE FUTURE WITH IO-LINK The option of having all sensor parameters written automatically into the new instrument by the IO-Link master or the controller during a replacement also makes for additional efficiency. Fast format or recipe changes, which are typical in the food industry today, can be carried out quickly and centrally in this way. The bottom line is that using IO-Link saves time while reducing the potential for errors to zero. This ensures higher product quality, more optimal utilization of the machines and increased process speed − in other words, noticeable savings.

BLUETOOTH FOR FASTER SET-UP AND ADJUSTMENT The new instrument series can be easily read and configured with a smartphone or tablet. Especially in environments such as clean rooms, where physical access involves a lot of effort, the remote communication means the device set up and operation become considerably faster, easier and safer. In combination with the VEGA Tools app, which has already won an App Award, the sensor data enquiry over shorter distances in these areas also becomes really convenient.

CONCLUSION: FUTURE-ORIENTED AUTOMATION FROM A SINGLE SOURCE Hygienic design, system availability, modularisation and networking are the decisive factors for greater efficiency in food processes and for standing out in the face of growing competition. With its decades of experience, VEGA offers ground-breaking level and pressure measurement technology for the automation and monitoring of future-oriented production systems. Sensors optimised for operating under extreme conditions and meeting strict requirements on system safety and flexibility.

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