Ultrasonic sensor for food and beverages

Paul Boughton

Morgan Advanced Materials has created an ultrasonic sensor solution for use within the food and beverage sector.

Higher operating temperatures and pressures, in addition to the presence of steam and potentially corrosive products such as alcohol and solvents, require robust measuring components that can function correctly under demanding conditions. Similarly, with the drive for smaller machine footprints, there is an increased demand for sensors that take up less space.

All of these factors have influenced the design of the new sensors, which will enable manufacturers to enjoy optimum performance across a variety of applications.

Featuring a stainless steel or alumina outer design, Morgan’s ultrasonic sensors optimise performance while complying with stringent food safety regulations. In applications such as milk metering and beverage dispensing, accurate sensing is key to ensure the correct filling of containers. However, due to space restrictions, ultrasonic metering is an excellent choice to increase accuracy and preserve a small footprint.

Morgan’s ultrasonic sensor supplies into ultrasonic meters which use solid state technology with no moving parts, thereby eliminating any concerns about smaller particles breaking off and entering the fluid being processed, which could have potentially serious consequences for both the end user and process. Furthermore, the use of chemically inert materials means the sensors will not be adversely affected by the presence of alcohol or solvents.

Ultrasonic sensors have a variety of other uses. For instance, they can be discreetly placed within gearboxes to provide real-time information on coolant or lubricant levels, allowing users to make informed decisions on when a top-up or replacement is needed, minimising downtime and disruption in the process.