Alfa Laval has released a refreshed, rethought version of the ThinkTop, its best-selling sensing and control unit for hygienic valves in the dairy, food, beverage, brewery and pharmaceutical industries. The Alfa Laval ThinkTop V50 and V70, the second-generation of premium 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,” Alfa Laval Global Portfolio Manager – Automation René Stietz says. “The changes we’ve made to the ThinkTop are highly 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, 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 setups.
The ThinkTop fits on any Alfa Laval valve, making it perfect for retrofits. It features 24/7 self-diagnostics, checking and remedying operations when required, and enhanced 360° LED visual status indication so that operators can clearly see the valve status no matter where they are on the production floor.
The new version is as long lasting and dependable as the first generation. However, repositioning the Gore vent makes this version more durable and reliable, equalising the enclosure pressure in the unit while eliminating the risk of water ingress.
The new, highly practical minimalist industrial exterior, with its strict lines, no cover screws and uncompromising geometry, is 30 per cent more compact than the previous version yet has the same height, making the new version suitable for tight installations. Inside, one sensor target control board packed with functionality handles all valve functions and communication; no adapter is required.
Take advantage of the highly effective burst of cleaning-in-place liquid during the opening moment of seat lift and seat push. These optimised valve activations drastically reduce water consumption during cleaning and save up to 90 per cent in cleaning agent costs.
The ThinkTop was launched in 2000 as a technological breakthrough that revolutionised hygienic valve sensing and control technology. Nearly 20 years on, Alfa Laval has now incorporated evolutionary measures to a proven workhorse, radically changing its appearance and functionality to meet customers’ changing needs and demanding requirements.
The new V50 and V70 series cover all valve requirements and are selected based on the number of solenoid valves required. The V50 matches the requirements of the Alfa Laval DV-ST, butterfly, single seat and double seal valves, while the V70 series matches the requirements of all these valves plus Alfa Laval double seat and special valves.
In addition, the V50 and V70 meet the protection classes IP66, IP67 and IP69K.
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