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Mettler-Toledo releases its white paper on batch control


June 7, 2013
By Bakers Journal

June 7, 2013, Switzerland – Mettler-Toledo's latest white paper titled, Advanced Batch Control provides some benefits of batch control, as well as processes to be considered when selecting and implementing a controller.

Batching is a critical part of the manufacturing process where raw
materials are turned into finished products through an ordered set of
procedures. Effective batch control ensures that products ranging from bread loaves to cookies are uniformly consistent. Manufacturers have a number of options to consider when selecting a batching solution to optimize throughput and ensure product consistency.

Mettler-Toledo details the benefits of a dedicated batch controller in its new white paper, entitled “Advanced Batch Control.”
Product consistency is essential for brand integrity and consumer satisfaction and loyalty. Manufacturers rely on batch control to manage different types of materials and transfer them onto weigh platforms, as well as, weigh each ingredient.

A weighing system that accurately measures ingredients and transfers them to batches is a critical part of the manufacturing process, and it can be automated, manual, or a combination of both.
Manufacturers have traditionally relied on batch solutions based on a programmable logic controller (PLC) or a distributed control system (DCS).

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While these systems are well-suited for processes in which end-products are fixed, they lack flexibility for times when there are ingredient switches or recipe changes. Introducing such changes requires new code writing and additional start-up time, and this can tax the limited resources of small- to mid-size operations.

Manufacturers can simplify batching by choosing a dedicated controller that combines both weighing and transferring functions within a single unit. A stand-alone batch solution with built-in industry control standards allows for modular production across multiple locations and plants. It also simplifies user interfaces and minimizes operator training requirements.

To download a copy of the white paper, please go to: http://www.mt.com/ind-wp-advanced-batch-control.