Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 13 2017 - Page 23

For most, the solution will be positioned in the middle ground, with a possible eye for additional development in the future. One of the first steps to improving the automation of any process is to agree on the control infrastructure for the business so that it is able to accommodate future expansion. In some cases this may be governed by an existing system, while in others, a clean sheet allows a number of options to be considered. About BÜRKERT Bürkert Fluid Control Systems is one of the leading manufacturers of control and measuring systems for fluids and gases. The products have a wide variety of applications and are used by breweries and laboratories as well as in medical engineering and space technology. The company employs over 2,500 people and has a comprehensive network of branches in 36 countries world-wide. The modular nature of many automation solutions makes them ideal for those looking to expand on a pre-existing installation. Bürkert Fluid Control Systems : Helen Christopher Provided the communication protocols are maintained it is relatively easy to install standalone control systems based on a centralised control concept that contains all of the necessary components to operate valves, including a PLC, input/output systems and valve islands. Fax: +44 (0)1285 648721 Tel: +44 (0)1285 648720 Web: www.burkert.co.uk Email: helen.christopher@burkert.com FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk 23