Countless parts. One flow.

SOLAREC

Revamped milk reception

From cow to counter

SOLAREC is a growing Belgian dairy producer that controls its entire supply chain. The cooperation is steadily expanding and renovating its infrastructure along the way. The reception area – where milk is delivered, tested and funneled into storage tanks – is crucial to the entire operation. SOLAREC contacted INDEFF, its long-time industrial automation partner, to lead the reception revamping project in one production site.

PLC & SCADA: a productive combination

The automation project revolved around the reception manifold: an intricate system of valves that sends the milk to multiple destinations. In order to make the countless parts flow perfectly, INDEFF coordinated the PLC installation with an external partner and developed the SCADA solution.

Eliminate human error

Yes, the production site works more efficiently. But there’s also continual data acquisition to feed SOLAREC’s ERP. Executives rely on automated reporting and are able to monitor milk intake wherever they are. Finally, the automated sampling module has eliminated human error during a crucial part of the process: quality control.

Automated reception

SOLAREC’s reception operators used to connect trucks to the right valve, manually. Today, thanks to the new PLCs and SCADA system, milk is automatically funneled to the appropriate tank and production line. As a result, storage tanks are used more efficiently and milk flows better than ever.

Goals

  • Transform the technical specifications into a functional analysis
  • Code the new reception area PLCs
  • Rely on INDEFF’s dairy expertise
  • Install the automated sampling procedure
  • Control the cleaning of lines & storage tanks

Challenges

  • Realize an ambitious planning
  • Facilitate automated cleaning procedures
  • Training the operators

Results

  • Milk is automatically funneled to the right tanks
  • Full documentation of all systems
  • Reliable solution: almost no maintenance
  • Solid relationships with external partner

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