"When we developed our smoke generator, we had to keep our eye on several variables in the technical process," explains Bernd Wurster, Managing Partner of Germos. "Keeping the flavour and colour at a consistently high level for every one of the ten thousand smoked sausages is an art in itself. Equally important for our customers is that we guarantee them an extremely high level of plant availability and a long service life for that plant. Our systems are real workhorses." As smoke generators can easily last 20 years or more with the right maintenance and care, Germos too must be able to rely on the standard pneumatic components it uses also having a long service life. The move from specialised parts, as used previously in Germos machines, to standard components from Festo across the entire pneumatic control chain, gives the machine builders greater certainty that their smoke generators will have a long service life.
Practical, clean, reliable
In addition to their excellent performance, the standard cylinders DSBC offer a significant time saving before commissioning and during operation thanks to their self-adjusting PPS cushioning. Their Clean Design, which is free of any edges that would collect dirt,
makes cleaning the plant particularly quick and easy. The low-cost, universal valve terminal VTUG also does its job reliably – a true 'endurance runner'. Its particularly compact design means that it saves on valuable installation space. With the VTUG, valves can be replaced quickly and easily in the event of servicing and the multi-pin plug reduces the cabling required. In addition, practical inscription label holders enable each valve to be clearly identified. The service unit MS4 ensures an optimal supply of compressed air. Its modularity makes it particularly flexible and guarantees quick availability off the shelf.
Standard provides reliability
Thanks to the low complexity of the components, employees in production have a system that is easy to operate and can get spare parts from Festo stores within 24 hours. When servicing is required, cooperating with only one pneumatics supplier shortens the ordering process and the delivery times. Because production can only run at full blast when the smoke generator has a full head of steam.