The Model 555A In-Line Temper Measurement Unit is directly incorporated into a chocolate production line. It continuously monitors the temper of chocolate to ensure product quality and shelf life without requiring operator intervention. The 555A is the first temper measurement system that can be readily installed on existing as well as new production lines.
In-Line Temper Measurement Soft-ware (ILTMS©), a Windows®-based program, permits users to use an external personal computer to monitor the unit's status, modify configuration parameters, and view stored test results. Since the 555A does not require that an operator take test samples, it truly automates the temper measurement process. The 555A provides the confectionery manufacturer the opportunity to fully automate chocolate temper control, thus eliminating the need for rework and reducing manufacturing costs.
The 555A automatically extracts a chocolate sample from the production line, tests the sample, and returns it to the line. A solid-state, thermo-electric cooling unit precisely regulates the cooling temperature of the chocolate sample. During the test cycle the unit processes the temper curve to determine the In-line Temper Unit (ITU) and slope values for the chocolate sample.
Equipped with an RS-232 or 422 serial interface, the 555A allows communication with a remote computer for transferring test data or configuration parameter information. This feature is essential in fulfilling ISO 9000 requirements. The 555A's measurement results are comparable to the results obtained using other TRICOR temper meters.
The 555A features universal installation. The user specifies the configuration required: horizontal chocolate flow (right to left or left to right) or vertical chocolate flow (top to bottom or bottom to top).
|Weight||81 kg (180 lb)|
|Serial Communications||RS-232/RS-422, 9600 baud, 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit|
|Sample Test Time||3 to 10 minutes measured at 5-second intervals|
|In-Line Temper Unit (ITU) Repeatability||±0.7 ITU|
|Test Cycle Time||Manual or 15 to 250 minutes|
|Temperature Measurement Sensitivity||±0.003°C (±0.005°F)|
|Temper Measurement Range||0.28° to 54°C (32.5° to 129°F)|
|Ambient Operating Temperature Range||10° to 41°C (50°F to 105°F)|
|Self-Test||Automatic self-test on power-up|
|Test Results||ITU and slope values, temper curve|
|PC Software: The ILTMS© permits users to:||
|Main Power||115/220 V ac, 400/200 W|
|Heater Tape Power||115/220 V ac, 10/20 W|
|Chilled Water||1.7° ± 1.6°C (35° ± 3°F) at 5 psi minimum|
|Heated Water||57° ± 5.6°C (135° ± 10°F) at 5 psi minimum|
|Water Fittings||3/8-inch nylon O-ring tube fittings|
|Air||80 ± 5 psi; 1/4-inch male quick coupler|
|Chocolate Tubing||1-inch quick-disconnect "S" clamp fittings; valve seat Buna "N" material|
|Temper Meter Data Acquisition Software (TMDAS©)||A Windows®-based program that allows users to download stored test runs to a host server for further use and analysis. The files created by TMDAS© can be converted into many popular spreadsheet and database formats.|