Control unit offers better maintenance, improved real-time data

Date: 04.05.2022Source: SPXFLOW

SPX FLOW, Inc., has launched a new control unit as a part of the CU4plus platform that now includes IO-Link communication protocol. The CU4plus IO-link Control Unit works with all APV and Waukesha Cherry-Burrell valve ranges and can be retrofitted into any existing installed base when paired with an IO-Link master.

The CU4plus valve control unit fits any SPX FLOW air-operated sanitary valve bringing unprecedented safety, simplicity and reliability to dairy, beverage, brewery, processed food, healthcare and pharmaceutical processes. The addition of the IO-Link technology, which is an Industry 4.0 data-ready communications protocol that connects sensors and actuators to process automation systems, allows data to send and retrieve to/from hygienic valves. It forms the backbone of many food and beverage control systems. It is hygienic hardware that does not need to be enclosed in a stainless-steel panel, a feature which reduces installation time and cost.

Said Julien Bassett, SPX FLOW’s global product manager for Valves: “Our customers who rely on the CU4plus platform have been asking for this IO-Link technology. SPX FLOW listened to their needs and was able to come up with a solution that improves preventative maintenance, provides end-users with real-time data and has better early warning signals to potential problems, optimizing their process along the way.”

The CU4plus IO-Link Control Unit extends SPX FLOW’s range of control units which are available as Direct Connect and AS-i.  Like other control options, this new control unit can be used with SPX FLOW’s broad line of valves which includes the recently introduced D4 mix proof valves series. These expansions are well suited to support a broad array of applications in various hygienic processes with viscous fluids that are difficult to clean in place and valves and within hazardous environments.

Concluded Bassett: “We’ve expanded our product offering to provide customers a full range of options, effectively giving them a one-stop-shop for all their valve needs. This continued focus on product innovation, coupled with efforts to improve customer outcomes, shows a tireless effort to innovate and evolve process valves — and their related products — for all nutrition and health needs.”  For more visit spxflow.com

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