The trend in food processing is to move away from small retort vessels to larger shells to improve efficiency and product safety. Larger vessels imply larger baskets that can’t be handled manually. Large baskets are simply too bulky and too heavy for one person to move around.
The need to handle these enormous baskets opens the way for ABRS. ‘Automated Batch Retort System’ (ABRS) refers to the fully automated integration of all hardware designed for transportation of baskets from loader station to sterilization retorts and from there on to an unload station and pack- aging area. The global handling system can be monitored by a basket/pallet tracking system.
DTS can offer you a complete turn-key solution for the implementation of an automated batch retort system: batch retorts, loader/unloader, basket/pallet transport system, tracking system with central host monitoring.
Our basket loading/unloading technology can be used for rigid containers( metal can, glass jar, glass bottles). Besides, we offer tray loading/unloading and tray stacking/destacking for semi-rigid and flexible containers.
Full automatic loader unloaderSemi auto loader unloader Basket transport system
Different alternatives are available to transport full/empty baskets to/from the retorts, We can provide customized services according to customers' products and venues. Please consult our expert team for details.
Automatic basket transport conveyor
Retort Monitoring Host (Option)
Developed by food scientists and process authorities
FDA/USDA approved and accepted
Use table or general method for deviation correction
Multiple level safety system
Retort Room Management
DTS retort monitoring control system is the result of full cooperation between our control system experts and thermal processing specialists. The functional intuitive control system meets or exceeds the requirements of 21 CFR Part 11.
Multi-level security system
Senior recipe edit
Table lookup method and mathematical method to calculate F0
Detailed process batch report
Key process parameter trend report
System alarm report
Display transaction report operated by operator
SQL Server database
Basket tracking system (Option)
The DTS basket tracking system assigns personalities to each basket in the system. This allows operators and managers to immediately view the status of the retort room. The system tracks the whereabouts of each basket and does not allow unsterilized products to be unloaded. In case of abnormal conditions (such as baskets with different products or unsterilized products at unloader), QC personnel are required to review and confirm whether to release marked products.
Screen visualization provides a good system overview of all the baskets, so that only a small number of operators can keep an eye on multiple retort systems.
DTS basket tracking system enables you to:
strictly distinguishes between sterilized and unsterilized products
specifies the personality for each basket
tracks all the baskets in the system in real time
tracks the hoops' dwell time deviation
is not allowed to unload unsterilized products
tracks the number of containers and production code
tracks the basket state (i.e., unprocessed, empty, etc.)
tracks retort number and batch number
System efficiency and maintenance (Option)
DTS system efficiency software helps you keep your retort room running efficiently by tracking production speed, downtime, source of downtime, key submodule performance, and overall equipment efficiency.
tracks productivity through a customer-defined time window and each module (i.e. loader, trolley, transport system, retort, unloader)
key sub-module performance tracking (i.e., basket replacement on loader)
tracks downtime and identifies the source of downtime
efficiency metrics can be moved to large factory monitors and can be used for cloud-based remote monitoring
The OEE metric that records on the host is used for record saving or table conversion
Maintainer is a software module that can be added to a machine HMI or run separately on an office PC.
Maintenance personnel track the wear time of key machine parts and inform operators of planned maintenance tasks. It also allows machine operators to access machine documentation and maintenance technical instructions through operator HMI.
The end result is a program that helps plant personnel track maintenance and repair machines effectively.
alerts plant personnel to expired maintenance tasks.
allows people to see the part number of a service item.
displays a 3D view of the machine components in need of repair.
shows all technical instructions related to these parts.
displays the service history on the part.