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Improving production processes in the dairy industry

06 August 2013

Siemens' new Dairy Functional Toolset (DFT) is designed to complement the Simatic PCS 7 process control system by adding various important functions for milk-processing enterprises.

Modern milk processing calls for efficient and interacting processes from the delivery of the raw milk and its sampling and initial preparation through the various operations in the dairy processing plant to its packaging, storage and shipment.

DFT allows specific workflows, such as milk sampling, pasteurisation, separation, cheese and yoghurt production and the end-of-process cleaning of pipes and tanks to be controlled via Simatic PCS 7.

The new DFT software contains all the necessary visualisations for displaying plants and processes controlled by Simatic PCS 7 on the screen. Process steps are pre-installed to the most up-to-date industry standards and can be configured to suit any application. The toolset continuously captures and archives production-related data such as temperature, agitation time, pH, and storage location. These data can then be exported to a superimposed MES or an ERP system. This integrated data management concept ensures consistently high product quality and product traceability from the raw milk to the processed, saleable product.

Functions related to specific process steps and workflows are pre-consolidated within the software. For example, modules for the management of materials, system parameters, orders and storage locations are pre-installed. These support the automation of production processes from the delivery of the raw milk to the signing off for bottling and packaging. Further modules such as those for tank management, piping system management, process line management, follow-up material testing and a CIP sequencer have been optimised within the new software with a view to automating processes such as transfers, mixing and cleaning

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