Title
Vacuum fumigation plants
Microprocessor improve multigas control in order to fulfil EC regulations
Technologies used

microcontroller

Industrial sector (PRODCOM code)
    29 machinery for food, beverage and tobacco processing
Abstract
Vitervacuum (turnover 400KECU) is an electromechanical company founded 40 years ago, with 6 employees, that manufactures fumigation plants and packing machinery (industrial sector: tools and machinery production for food, beverage and tobacco processing). Before the project the expertise of the company was mainly related to the manufacture of mechanical parts such as large vacuum chambers and the assembly of mechanical subsystems.
The company delivers to European, North-African, Asian and South-American food processing enterprises fumigation plants used to exterminate parasitic mainly from food and tobacco .
The objective of the experiment was to include into the main machinery (completely mechanical) manufactured by Vitervacuum srl, the VACUUM FUMIGATION PLANT, four commercial microprocessor-based electronic boards (386 based board, data acquisition board, relay output board, digital input board) to control the whole process by multi-gas sensors.
These sensors have to check in real-time, during the process of vacuum fumigation, the concentrations of the toxic gas that will be involved in the disinfestation process. The control boards have to monitor the concentration of the gas in all the phases of the fumigation process. The process development data are stored by the computer and can be printed out.
The application of electronics allowed an upgrading of all the existing plants to fulfill the EC regulations. Since the alternative for our customers would have been to close the plants, this project was strongly needed. Moreover the experiment also increased the technical and managerial capabilities of Vitervacuum s.r.l.. The budget was 21.5 KEUR and the project lasted for 12 months as planned.
For what concerns the economic benefits of the AE, the ROI (Return on Investment) was of 864% over the next three years, with a payback period of less than one year
Company
VITERVACUUM Srl
Via Santa Maria in Silice
01100 VITERBO

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