This first pure valve-sensing unit is maintenance-free and does not require manual adjustment or programming. It enables 360° LED visual status indication from all directions. It also provides convenient control-room monitoring of the real-time status of Alfa Laval hygienic valves used across the dairy, food, beverage, home and personal care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and many other industries.

More reliable process control
Purpose-designed to digitalize essential on-off valve monitoring, the unit provides apragmatic approach to enhancing the reliability of valve status and position for manufacturers who rely on visual and signal feedback of the open or closed valve positions.

“The intuitive ThinkTop V20 is a faster, more intelligent valve indication unit than what is available today,” says Ebbe Bundesen of Alfa Laval. “It brings reliable process control to a higher level with fast, accurate, intuitive live setup, the convenience of real-time valve position monitoring, and access to real-time and historical data from the control room. Overall, it is an invaluable time- and money-saver considering the efficiency demands factories are facing.”

40% faster setup 
A few seconds is all it takes to commission the ThinkTop V20 by simply installing, activating and deactivating the unit. Live setup is fast and intuitive. Sensors automatically recognize the valve type and size, calibrate and record valve opening and closing distances, and complete setup without requiring manual interaction. 

Communication protocols
Part of the proven ThinkTop V-series family, the ThinkTop V20 shares the same look, maintenance-free housing and enhanced 360° LED visual status indication as the best-selling ThinkTop V-series control tops. Its compact, robust design makes it suitable for tight installations. Manufacturers select the communication protocol – digital, AS-Interface or IO-Link – that best suits their processing needs. 

The V20 is hermetically sealed to ensure reliable readings of the valve position and prevent the risk of water, dust and other unauthorized access into the unit. Using the point-to-point IO-Link communication protocol allows the connection of sensors to automation systems. IO-Link also makes access to meaningful real-time data easier, improving diagnostics and simplifying configurability and control while supporting Industry 4.0. 

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