Gregory Kline, Industry Manager, Food and Beverage
In the food and beverage industry, process control systems are central to maintaining product quality. A customized process control system ensures accurate ratio of ingredients, helps regulate temperature, and controls the flow, output, mixture, and other processes during production. Through efficient data monitoring and feedback, the system minimizes cost and maximizes product quality and output of a food processing plant. Turning these possibilities into reality is VEGA, a German-based global manufacturer of process instrumentation.
VEGA’s innovative product portfolio comprises level measurement sensors, point level switches, and pressure transmitters, all of which help food and beverage manufacturers deliver quality products that meet client specifications. The organization takes pride in developing innovative measurement technologies that offer maximum safety and reliability. Gregory Kline, food and beverage industry manager at VEGA Americas, says, “All of our products comply with the necessary certifications (such as FDA, 3A, EHEDG), so clients achieve the highest industrial safety and product quality.”
In tune with the evolving demands of the food industry, VEGA has recently launched two new compact instrument series for hygienic processes: VEGABAR pressure sensors and VEGAPOINT level switches. These new measuring instruments are designed to enable unparalleled reliability, flexibility, and accuracy in the food and pharmaceutical production processes. The VEGABAR pressure sensors are available with a traditional metallic measuring cell or an abrasion-resistant ceramic cell. The ceramic cell can detect fractional changes in hydrostatic pressure, and unlike traditional metallic diaphragms, these instruments do not drift over time. Moreover, the new pressure sensors and point level switches all have a unique 360-degree switching status display that helps ensure safety and process reliability. And lastly, these sensors use a universal hygienic adapter system that gives customers the flexibility needed to keep installation and parts inventory costs low.
At the same time, VEGA also introduced new 80 GHz radar sensors to its VEGAPULS series. These new devices have a precise focus that virtually eliminates any unwanted or interfering reflections and makes level measurement much easier and more reliable. Unlike ultrasonic transmitters, these radar sensors are unaffected by temperature fluctuations, vacuum conditions, high pressures, and they are insensitive to buildup or condensation. These new instruments are ideal for both liquids and bulk solids.
To provide a deeper understanding of VEGA’s level and pressure instrumentation, Kline recalls a case in point where a manufacturing client was looking to optimize and maximize the storage capacity within their storage tanks. The leveling device they were using did not provide them with accurate readings. “With our 80 GHz radar level technology, the client was able to precisely view and improve the storage capabilities of their tanks. They could also process and produce more, increase their throughput, and, enhance their manufacturing process,” informs Kline.
All of VEGA’s level and pressure sensors are renowned for their longevity, robustness, and versatility. They provide important measurements for greater plant safety and efficiency, even when used under extreme conditions or strict regulations.
VEGA's American headquarters and manufacturing facility is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. This is where customers will find a state-of-the-art training facility providing courses and instrumentation education for clients who want to get the maximum value from their sensors. Plus, VEGA’s service experts provide on-demand services onsite or via phone 24/7.
VEGA has seen steady growth around the world in recent years. Most recently, the company purchased 50 acres of land in Mason, Ohio to build a new North American Headquarters and advanced manufacturing facility to better serve North and South America.