Valve for hygienic operations gets an update

Louise Smyth

Alfa Laval has unveiled a refreshed, rethought version of the ThinkTop valve sensing and control unit for hygienic valves used in the dairy, food, beverage, brewery and pharmaceutical industries. The V50 and V70, the second-generation of the control units, have been reengineered to meet customer needs while incorporating the latest advances in technology.

“We have listened carefully to what customers want from a valve sensing and control unit,” said René Stietz, Product Management Valves & Automation, Hygienic Fluid Handling, at Alfa Laval. “The changes we’ve made to the ThinkTop are responsive to customer needs and therefore highly relevant – for instance, faster and more intuitive setup without compromising durability and reliability.”

For the first time, the rethought ThinkTop offers customers fast and intuitive setup and commissioning; enhanced 360° LED visual status indication, a repositioned Gore Vent, a more compact and aesthetic design, burst seat clean functionality, and a QR code for easy online access to support materials and direct support.

The new auto setup feature offers manufacturers quick, easy commissioning – up to 90 per cent faster than the previous generation. Plus, the live setup feature coupled with true valve recognition ensures the perfect match during any-and-all setups.

The new ThinkTop fits on any Alfa Laval valve, making it usable for all retrofits. It features 24/7 self-diagnostics, checking and remedying operations when required.

The repositioning the Gore Vent makes the ThinkTop more durable and more reliable than before, equalising the enclosure pressure in the unit while eliminating the risk of water ingress.

In addition, they meet the protection class IP66, IP67 and IP69K.


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