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Enpro Inc. Improves Quality Oversight of High-Speed Carbonated Beverage Filling

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 Enpro Inc. Improves Quality Oversight of High-Speed Carbonated Beverage Filling  - IoT ONE Case Study
Technology Category
  • Sensors - RFID Readers
Applicable Industries
  • Food & Beverage
Applicable Functions
  • Process Manufacturing
Use Cases
  • Visual Quality Detection
The Challenge

Enpro Inc. customers needed a way to reliably detect the presence or absence of a vent tube, eliminating the potential for halting the line –as workers manually check for vent tube problems. Notably, if a vent tube is lost or damaged during the filling process, it becomes a safety and quality issue for a beverage manufacturer and large amounts of finished packaged products have to be thrown away as the missing vent tube is very costly to locate.

The Customer
About The Customer

Founded in 1961, Enpro Inc. is an Illinois 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. Enpro Inc. products enable some of the world’s largest manufacturers to reliably and accurately detect malfunctions.

The Solution

To address the problem, Enpro Inc. partnered with the largest beverage manufacturers, as well as HID Global, and FEIG Electronics to build a Filler Vent Tube Reader (FVTR) for monitoring vent tube fillers. A robust HF RFID-powered non-contact monitoring solution was identified. A high-frequency reader was also required to support that RFID system.

The newly designed 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.

Operational Impact
  • [Efficiency Improvement - Productivity]

    Customers have achieved reduced down time, as well as increased the safety
    and reliability of their production process

Quantitative Benefit
  • The combined effort ultimately yielded the world’s fastest HF Reading application. High Frequency (HF) RFID operates at 13.56 MHz and is capable of reading anywhere from 30-800 tags per second depending on the air protocol and implementation by the silicon manufacturer.

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