New Alfa Laval ThinkTop for valve sensing and control units

By Jim Cornall contact

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The Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 sensing and control units for hygienic valves have been updated to improve production on hygienic process lines.
The Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 sensing and control units for hygienic valves have been updated to improve production on hygienic process lines.

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Alfa Laval has unveiled a new version of the Alfa Laval ThinkTop, the company’s valve sensing and control unit for hygienic valves used in the dairy and other industries.

The company said the Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70, the second-generation of control units, have been reengineered to meet customer needs while incorporating the latest advances in technology.

René Stietz, product management valves & automation, hygienic fluid handling, Alfa Laval, said, “We have listened carefully to what customers want from a valve sensing and control unit.

“The changes we’ve made to the ThinkTop are highly responsive to customer needs and therefore highly relevant – for instance, faster and more intuitive setup without compromising durability and reliability.”

Re-engineering

The company said the new auto setup feature offers manufacturers up to 90% faster commissioning than the previous generation.

The new ThinkTop fits on any Alfa Laval valve for retrofits. It features 24/7 self-diagnostics, checking and remedying operations when required, and an enhanced 360° LED visual status indication so operators can see the valve status no matter where they are on the production floor.

Repositioning the Gore Vent makes the ThinkTop more durable and more reliable, equalizing the enclosure pressure in the unit while eliminating the risk of water ingress.

The new exterior has no cover screws and is 30% more compact than the previous version yet has the same height, making the new ThinkTop suitable for tight installations. Inside, one sensor target control board handles all valve functions and communication; no adapter is required.

Optimized valve activations drastically reduce water consumption during Cleaning-in-Place and save up to 90% in cleaning agent costs.

The new Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 series covers all valve requirements and are selected based on the number of solenoid valves required. The ThinkTop V50 series matches the requirements of the Alfa Laval DV-ST, butterfly, single seat and double seal valves while the ThinkTop V70 series matches the requirements of all these valves plus Alfa Laval double seat and special valves.

In addition, the new Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70 meet the protection class IP66, IP67 and IP69K.

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