The solenoid valve developed by ESA for the Comet Lander began to serve the filling production line of the beverage factory
A great derivative of space technology is that The converter needs to be very light, very efficient, and rely on very simple and reliable systems and components. Therefore, the aerospace industry often produces very smart devices whose performance is better than more complex similar products on the ground.
A typical example is the solenoid valve provided by the Office of Technology Transfer and Patent of ESA, which was originally developed for the attitude control system of the Philae lander. This smart valve has a small ball as its only moving part. The small ball sits tightly on its valve seat and can react to the electromagnet within one millisecond, enabling it to release the gas propellant with very precise measures. Or liquid.
This is very attractive to the beverage industry, Because they need to fill hundreds of cartons, bottles and cans every minute. The most complicated operation is to spray condiments into the base liquid, usually carbonated or purified water.
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Today’s market consists of a variety of beverage flavors Composition, but only so many bottling lines. This means that it is only economical to produce very large products, and then there will be a long downtime when flushing, cleaning and drying the pipes before proceeding to the production of the next flavor. As an alternative, the high-speed precision metering system based on aerospace technology produced by KTW Technology can use fewer and faster metering valves to complete the same seasoning work, deliver 0.1 to 0.3 ml within one millisecond, and reduce the amount of splashing. To the lowest. The system can quickly switch between different flavors and is more efficient. It can be installed on the existing filling system or used as an independent system.
“In a typical beverage metering In the system, you usually have a rotating table with many valves—usually more than one hundred—to fill the container with the final liquid. With our solution, you only need one to three valves in the production line. The end of the product provides a micro-dose concentrate,” said Wolfgang Teichmann, general manager of KTW. “Speed and accuracy are crucial; we can fill 120,000 cans per hour.
“In the filling industry, service life is also very important. The service life of the valve is usually very short, and our valve has only one moving part, which has been proven to be used more than 10 billion times and requires less maintenance. Moreover, when repairs are needed, the repairs are also very quick and simple. It only takes a few minutes instead of the weeks required for standard system repairs, because it is extremely simple in structure and only needs to solve the problem of replacing the ball and valve seat.” p>