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A game changer for hygienic flow measurement

01 May 2024

With the SM Foodmag, ifm provides an effective solution for hygienic flow measurement of media with variable flow rates through the pipe like beer, milk, or fruit juice. It goes without saying that the high standards of the food industry are also met.

The technology installed for measurements handles changing media like beer, milk, yogurt, or fruit juices without a hitch. However, challenges arise during cleaning procedures involving chemicals, rapid temperature shifts, and hot steam cleaning at a minimum of 121°C throughout. Additionally, the technology must endure vibration and shock when meters are placed directly behind a pump. Magnetic-inductive flow meters, established for years, meet these demands by offering precision without mechanical components in diverse media. The SM Foodmag meter conquers obstacles, ensuring hygienic flow measurement in the food sector.

The SM Foodmag provides a comprehensive solution for measuring various parameters in a single device: flow rate, total quantity, temperature, and conductivity are all monitored and displayed. It can even detect if the measurement pipe is fully filled. Two versions of the meter will be available - one with a display, and the other without a display, set for release in the third quarter. ifm introduces an intuitive app-based menu and an innovative capacitive pushbutton design in the sensor, simplifying parameter adjustments. This design is robust even in moist conditions or when operated with gloves, unlike touch displays. An installation guide is optionally accessible via the menu to further assist users. An LED ring indicates device status, alerts, or maintenance needs.

Many flow sensors in the food industry require separate cables for power and signal transmission, unlike the SM Foodmag, which simplifies installation with a single connection cable. This streamlined setup not only reduces wiring complexity but also saves on installation costs. The SM Foodmag comes in nominal widths from DN15 to DN150, with DN40 to DN100 versions available too. Standardised process connections ensure compatibility, with various sealing materials offered based on application needs. The sensor supports communication via IO-Link, analogue signal 4...20 mA, or pulse signal.

Whether it's soft drinks, beer, water, or milk, the SM Foodmag magnetic-inductive meter reliably oversees various processes in the food industry, confidently meeting challenges. This contributes significantly to ensuring consumers can purchase safe food later in supermarkets.

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