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Enpro Inc. Enhances Quality Control in Carbonated Beverage Filling with HID Global

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 Enpro Inc. Enhances Quality Control in Carbonated Beverage Filling with HID Global - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Networks & Connectivity - RFID
  • Sensors - RFID Readers
Applicable Industries
  • Electronics
  • Recycling & Waste Management
Applicable Functions
  • Quality Assurance
Use Cases
  • Onsite Human Safety Management
  • Visual Quality Detection
Services
  • System Integration
  • Testing & Certification
The Challenge
Enpro Inc.'s customers, primarily beverage companies, rely on automated, high-speed filling lines that produce up to 2,500 items per minute per line. A key component of these lines is the vent tube, which is used to fill cans and bottles and vent out the carbonation-related gas. However, due to wear and tear, these vent tubes can occasionally fall off and into the cans and bottles, leading to safety and quality issues. The loss or damage of a vent tube during the filling process can result in large amounts of finished packaged product being discarded, as locating the missing vent tube is a costly and time-consuming process. Therefore, Enpro Inc.'s customers needed a reliable way to detect the presence or absence of a vent tube, eliminating the need for manual checks and potential line halts.
The Customer
About The Customer
Enpro Inc., founded in 1961, is an Illinois-based company that provides patented, state-of-the-art traceable components and systems to reduce waste and downtime associated with the filling process in the food and beverage industry. Their products enable some of the world’s largest manufacturers to reliably and accurately detect malfunctions. Enpro Inc.'s customers are primarily beverage companies that rely on automated, high-speed filling lines for their operations. These customers needed a reliable solution to detect the presence or absence of a vent tube in their filling lines, a challenge that was causing significant operational and quality issues.
The Solution
To solve this problem, Enpro Inc. collaborated with the largest beverage manufacturers, HID Global, and FEIG Electronics to develop a Filler Vent Tube Reader (FVTR) for monitoring vent tube fillers. This solution involved a robust HF RFID-powered non-contact monitoring system, supported by a high-frequency reader. The FVTR was built with a custom designed and molded SLIX2 HF Ring Tag from HID Global, which is injection molded into the vent tube. FEIG Electronics provided its LRM2500 High Frequency Reader, coupled with custom developed Enpro electronics. This combined effort resulted in the world’s fastest HF Reading application, capable of reading anywhere from 30-800 tags per second depending on the air protocol and implementation by the silicon manufacturer.
Operational Impact
  • The newly designed vent tube detection system has brought significant benefits to Enpro Inc.'s manufacturing customers. It has improved workflow efficiency and quality control by reading 120 or 165 patented traceable vent tubes in real time and displaying them for the filler operator. This has led to reduced downtime and increased safety and reliability of the production process. For Enpro Inc., the new system has driven significant growth in sales and revenue, and has strengthened their partnerships with the largest beverage manufacturers in the world. The successful collaboration between HID Global, Enpro Inc., and FEIG Electronics has demonstrated the potential of advanced technology in innovating and reducing customer risk, increasing production output, and reducing product waste.
Quantitative Benefit
  • The new system reads 120 or 165 patented traceable vent tubes in real time
  • The HF Reading application is capable of reading anywhere from 30-800 tags per second
  • Significant growth of sales and revenue for Enpro Inc. due to the new system

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