Food and Beverage

How do you ensure to follow the correct cleaning and sterilization procedures and the integrity of the associated data for reporting purposes?

In the case of a typical food and beverage manufacturing facility, containers need to be sterilized on a cyclic basis, and have that data reported to both internal and external users


Problem/ Pain Point

Validation schemes require reliable updating and acquisition of real-time data pertaining to the when and how often the containers need to return to the sterilization process.

  • Regulations require cleaning validation

  • Manual validation schemes are costly

  • Improperly sterilized containers in process are unacceptable and are especially costly



Product List

1. PLC Controller

2. Operator Light Stack

3. UHF Stationary Reader

4. UHF Antennas

5. UHF Transponder (high-temperature to withstand sterilization process temperatures)

6. Host Computer with Relational Database (optional)




Container Sterilization

Process flow diagram involving RFID in sterilization

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    Solution

    By reading the unique EPC ID on an RFID tag affixed to each container, it is possible for a data lookup to occur which informs the control system at each process when the container requires sterilization. For instance, before a handling procedure at a mixer station, sterilization status could be verified. After the mixer process, the control system could check handling count then inform the database if the container needs to be routed to sterilization. In simple cases where a relational database is not required for reporting, the process cycle counts may even be stored directly on the RFID tag.


    At any given time, notification via an operator light stack can be made to plant personnel regarding the container’s sterilization status.



    Benefits

    • 100% reliable identification and verification of containers

    • Unobtrusive technology

    • Transponders can be covered in food grade dust and still be read (non-line of sight)

    • Straightforward, feature-rich integration to control systems




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