Automating a Spices Plant
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Elaborating on the features of the system, Sampat added, “The system is designed for high throughputs. AZO was able to do this with small vacuum conveying pipelines, which meant lower air displacement and consequently lower power consumption.
Moreover, lower air displacement also meant lower loss of aroma/volatile oil. This has a significant impact on product quality.” Apart from maintaining integrity and reliability of the recipe, automation also lowered the chances of errors that was caused due to manual intermission.
“The entire process of conveying, storing, batching and dosing into the mixer is now handled through the production room. There is no requirement for even a single operator to be present on the production floor. Plus, as it is a closed loop system, there is no powder spillage in the production area. This helps us achieve the highest hygiene standards,” Shah mentioned.
Reduced Downtime and Better Cleanability
Additionally, AZO’s system has eliminated the downtime between the changeover of recipes. “Since we are grinding and storing each ingredient separately, the changeover from one recipe to another happens in an instant. For a company like Everest, which has several recipes catering to each region, this kind of flexibility is a big bonus. All the recipes are stored in the SCADA system, and changeover happens at the click of a button, with total integrity/ reliability,” Shah noted.
Furthermore, one of the key features of the system is self cleaning. Owing to seamless pipes and post conveying flushing, which is pre-programmed, the system cleans itself during recipe changeovers. This results in virtually nil downtime.
Besides this, the visualization system from AZO provides complete data about the operation of the system, number of ingredients, real value storage and consumption
data for all the ingredients.