Alfa Laval: The next-generation ThinkTop V50 and V70 hygienic valve control units now speak the IO-Link language

09.03.2020
The point-to-point IO-Link communication protocol connects sensors and actuators—regardless of fieldbus—to automation systems.
Alfa Laval: The next-generation ThinkTop V50 and V70 hygienic valve control units now speak the IO-Link language

The compact Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 are the second-generation of the leading sensing and control units for hygienic valves. (Image source: Alfa Laval)

This enables real-time data exchange, improving diagnostics and simplifying configurability and control. ThinkTop IO-Link is perfect for use in the dairy, food, beverage, pharmaceutical and home-personal care industries.

“Suddenly it’s easier to capture, store, analyze and act upon meaningful data,” says René Stietz, Global Portfolio Manager for Automation at Alfa Laval. “You get all the finesse of the newly reengineered Alfa Laval ThinkTop—plus valuable benefits like more data, higher productivity and higher yields.”

Why the ThinkTop IO-Link?

Benefit from shorter installation time due to convenient M12 connectors and automatic recording of the hygienic valve stroke duration. Smarter time adjustments are enabled by the ability to assign priority to critical data. Flexibility is enhanced as a result of the capability to change data and process parameters from a remote automation system. Experience better daily operations due to enhanced data storage, availability and analytics.

Other notable features:

  • Clearly visible LEDs with customizable colours and flashing-light ‘wink’ function eases valve identification on the automation system to the factory floor
  • Optimized valve cleaning using a remote programmable logic controller to switch between standard time-based seat lift cleaning and burst seat cleaning
  • A pressure shock counter for nearly instant detection of valve movements

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