Banner Engineering Products for the Food & Beverage Industries

Banner Engineering Products for the Food & Beverage Industries

Clear Plastic Food Container Detection in a Sanitary Environment

Application: Detect clear plastic food container

Challenges: Clear object detection in a sanitary environment

Solution: Banner Engineering’s Q4X Clear Object Detection Sensor

Benefits: Made with a rugged, IP69-K rated FDA-grade stainless steel enclosure

The Banner Q4X Clear Object Detection Sensor is Designed to Meet the Challenges

Banner’s Q4X clear object detection sensor is a dual-mode laser sensor that measures distance and light intensity to provide best-in-class clear object detection. It pairs a small laser spot size with a 1.5 ms response time, ideal for extremely precise leading edge detection on loading lines.

The Q4X has three on-board tactile buttons and an angled, four-digit display, simplifying setup and inspection management. An operator simply teaches the sensor to recognize a stable background condition, like a smooth surface, or even an empty space. A clear object passing between the sensor and the background condition will alter the perceived distance and/or the light returned to the sensor and trigger an output. Because the sensor is taught the background condition, no reflector is required and it will not be fooled by reflected light.

The Q4X is designed to meet the challenges of demanding applications in difficult environments. This rugged sensor can withstand mechanical impact, over-tightening and extreme vibration. Its IP69K-rated FDA-grade stainless steel enclosure will resist high-pressure, high-temperature washdown as well as chemical clean-in-place processes.

Illuminating Inside A Cartoner

Application: Frozen food trays can enter the cartoner incorrectly and jam the line

Challenges: Wash down environment and workers need to be able to see to fix issues

Solution: Banner WSL28-2 LED strip light

Benefits: IP69K rated, LED lighting life of 50,000 hours

Banner’s WLS28 LED Light Strips allow operators to identify frozen dinners that have not properly entered a carton and fix the problem with minimal downtime.

Their long-lasting and durable cool white light means they’re an energy-efficient solution for illuminating the inside of a cartoner. IP69K rated, they can handle frequent machine wash down procedures. With a life span of 50,000 hours or more, they provide a significant improvement in efficiency over fluorescent lighting. LED lights are also more directional than fluorescents, providing illumination exactly where it is needed and minimizing distracting shadows.

Cabled or quick-disconnect models with several mounting options are available for easy installation. Cascading light models offer convenience and meet wide variety of user needs. The lights are also available in diffuse or non-diffuse and have ON/OFF switch and non-switch models available.

Condition Monitoring for Predictive and Preventive Maintenance

Application: Monitor machine vibration to identify potential issues and prevent failures

Challenge: Access information from a remote machine

Solution: QM42VT Vibration and Temperature Sensor, Q45VT Wireless Sensor Node, and a DXM100 Wireless Controller

Benefits: Multiple mounting options simplify installation, ability to monitor a variety of machines, and reliable Sure Cross® wireless network enables remote monitoring

Machine vibration is often caused by imbalanced, misaligned, loose, or worn parts. As vibration increases, so can damage to the machine. By monitoring motors, pumps, compressors, fans, blowers, and gearboxes for increases in vibration, problems can be detected before they become too severe and cause additional damage or result in unplanned downtime.

A QM42VT Vibration and Temperature sensor paired with a Q45VT Wireless Sensor Node enables remote monitoring of machine health and can serve as a check engine light, notifying staff of changes in machine conditions. The sensor installs easily onto the machine using standard or magnetic brackets or even two-sided thermal transfer mounting tape. Using the default setting, the QM42VT will measure temperature and RMS velocity, which provides the most uniform measurement of vibration over a wide range of machine frequencies. The sensor first collects information to establish a baseline for machine performance. The operator then sets the initial thresholds at 1.5 to 2 times the baseline. A DXM100 Wireless Controller collects data sent by the Q45VT and will alert staff via email or text if thresholds are exceeded. The Q45VT has an onboard LED light which can provide local indication of an alert or a signal can be sent to a wireless TL70 tower light which will provide high-visibility indication of the change in status.