Product Spotlight: Water – Valve indication unit raises the bar on process control

Product Spotlight: Water – Valve indication unit raises the bar on process control

With the processes that treat water and wastewater becoming increasingly automated, accurate control of valves is an important component. The Alfa Laval ThinkTop V20 hygienic valve indication unit pushes the boundaries of valve position indication to the Industry 4.0 era.

The ThinkTop V20 is designed to drive digital transformation within the process industries, as moving valve position monitoring into the popular Industry 4.0 era delivers competitive advantage. According to Ebbe Bundesen, Portfolio Manager, Valves and Automation for Alfa Laval, automation, digitalization and real-time communication allows the ThinkTop V20 to raise the process control bar, making it more reliable and accurate while saving time and money on installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

“The intuitive ThinkTop V20 is a faster, more intelligent valve indication unit than what is available today,” says Bundesen. “It brings reliable process control to a higher level with fast, accurate, intuitive live setup, the convenience of real-time valve position monitoring, and access to real-time and historical data from the control room.”

The ThinkTop V20 is maintenance-free and does not require manual adjustment or programming. It enables 360-degree LED visual status indication from all directions. It also provides convenient control-room monitoring of the real-time status of Alfa Laval hygienic valves. Purpose-designed to digitize essential on-off valve monitoring, the sensing unit provides a pragmatic approach to enhancing the reliability of valve status and position.

A few seconds is all it takes to commission the ThinkTop V20 by simply installing, activating and deactivating the unit. Live setup is fast and intuitive. Sensors automatically recognize the valve type and size, calibrate and record valve opening and closing distances, and complete setup without requiring manual interaction. Moreover, replacing or hot swapping the valve top is easy without disrupting production. No expertise, training, adapters or special tools are required. Anyone can correctly install a new ThinkTop V20 or replace an older valve indication unit while safeguarding hygiene, productivity, and uptime while saving time and money. Its compact, robust design makes it suitable for tight installations. Manufacturers select the communication protocol — digital, AS-Interface or IO-Link — that best suits their processing needs.

“Overall, it is an invaluable time- and money-saver considering the efficiency demand facilities are facing,” says Bundesen. 



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