Knife blocks are often used when potatoes are process. This can be when French fries or potato chips are being made at processing plants. However, operator error can occur, which can interrupt food processing when knife blocks are used. Now, Kiremko has integrated RFID tags in a new system that may just help with this particular issue.
New Equipment with RFID Tags
RFID tags are being used more and more in different applications. In this case, Kiremko has installed them in a new, unique knife identification system for the QuadraFlow hydro cutter. Called KnifeGuard, the new system controls and maintains the knife blocks and matches alignment tubes.
But where does the RFID tag come into all of this? It simply connects to an antenna that’s placed inside the hydro cutter. This then checks the right combination of alignment tube, knife block, and outlet with the selected cutting size. In addition, the new system can even record the operating hours.
How the RFID Tag Works
In this case, the RFID tag is placed beneath the knife blocks that connect with the RFID antenna inside the hydro cutter. The information from the tag is sent to a processing unit, which can then be ready by an external Programmable Logic Controller (PLC).
This information can then be used by the operator so that they can tell if an incorrect combination of alignment tube, knife block, and outlet occurs. This, in turn, can allow the operator to correct the issue before it becomes a major problem. And knife blocks can actually be retrofitted with the new programming unit so that it incorporates the new RFID technology.
RFID Tags in Industry
RFID tags are being used in applications all over the world. If you have an idea to use RFID technology in a new application, considering choosing Gateway RFID. With a wide selection of RFID tags, Gateway RFID has experience with helping create all kinds of RFID applications for special projects.