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Birko Introduces Improved Blend-On-Site System (BOSS™)

July 26, 2012

Powerful PC Collects Data From Remote Systems

HENDERSON, Colo. – Birko, a leader in providing food safety solutions to the protein processing industry, today announced that its Blend-On-Site System (BOSS™), which blends high performance cleaning and sanitation products on-site from custom chemical concentrates, has been enhanced with the addition of an industrial PC for real time monitoring of chemical consumption.

BOSS™ controls the allocation of chemicals to avoid inaccurate mixing and over use while generating valuable data for plant management. The PC touch screen, which measures 12.1”, controls a main panel and electronically connects several remote panels.

Remote panels are Allen-Bradley PLC based and designed to collect data at the point of use, then send it to the main panel. As well as blending customized cleaning formulations, the BOSS™ system allows chemical usage to be tracked throughout the plant including sanitation, tripe, trolley, BLAST bromine, entryways, tallow split, rendering, CIP and antimicrobial process aids. In addition to enhancing the system’s hardware, Birko has upgraded the proprietary BOSS™ operating software, which was specifically written for the application.

Both the main and remote panels are mounted in stainless steel enclosures.

The improved BOSS™ allows users to customize formulas at both the main and remote panels, making it possible to formulate products, which are functionally equivalent to pre-blended products at a lower unit cost. The remote panels can do “point of use” blending, which is ideal for clean-in-place (CIP) applications, as well as trolleys and tripe. The main panel can be used for “blend on site” sanitation applications. The BOSS™ can be configured with six or seven remote panels for point of use blending, with one main panel for blend on site.

The BOSS™ push buttons and switches operate on 24 VDC power, which provides a safer Human Machine Interface in the often-wet environments of processing plants.

About Birko
Birko is a leading provider of food safety solutions to the protein processing, food and beverage industries. Birko manufactures concentrated CIP, sanitation, antimicrobial intervention and process chemical formulations. Birko’s equipment division, Chad Equipment, LLC, designs and manufactures chemical dispensing systems, antimicrobial mixing and spraying conveyors and carcass washing and pasteurizing equipment. Birko’s information technology includes BirkoStats™, an online chemical usage tracking system. Founded in 1953, Birko is a WBENC Certified Women’s Business Enterprise and was awarded Supplier of the Century by the National Meat Association.