The following is part of a "Case Studies In Innovation" series of blog posts we will be running on the FlowStream Blog in the coming weeks to highlight winners of the 2013 Flow Control Innovation Awards program.

Innovation Awards EndressIn the food & beverage industry, time to market and getting the most from assets is of critical importance. Pre-assembled units or skids in small designs with a modular principle can provide crucial advantages in this area.

The Promass S is well known for its design that meets all standards in the food & beverage industry, FDA and 3-A, and is suitable for CIP/SIP. And now Endress+Hauser has developed the Proline 100 series of transmitters specifically to meet the needs of skid builders and end-users in the food & beverage industry. It maintains full functionality of Endress+Hauser’s proven multi-parameter Coriolis mass flowmeter in a compact stainless steel housing.

Endress+Hauser had several discussions with a key end-user customer in the food and beverage industry and found that the new Promass S sensor with the Proline 100 transmitter could help them achieve their goals for quick start-up, reduced installation and maintenance costs, and streamline in-house calibration intervals.

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The customer purchased and installed the Promass S 100 with an EtherNet/IP output. The Promass 100 includes an add-on Profile to Level 3 and premier integration to the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx process automation system. Using these capabilities in startup, the customer realized a 25 percent reduction in programming time and a 40 percent reduction in control integration time.

The smaller footprint of the Promass S 100 allowed the customer to design the skids with a smaller footprint resulting in more available space in the plant for future expansions. The Promass S 100 transmitter offers a 30 percent smaller enclosure size.

The customer also had to consider high-pressure washdown in their facility. They were able to take advantage of the IP69K option on the Promass 100. The benefit of the high-pressure washdown is that much less water and detergent can be used to obtain the same results as low pressure sprays, meaning, quite literally, less money down the drain.

And finally, Heartbeat Technology simplifies the diagnostics, monitoring, and verification requirements via onboard technology. Using Heartbeat Technology for in-situ verification allows the customer to extend their calibration intervals, which reduces process shutdowns and their long-term maintenance cost.

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