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Campbell Bros - Upgrade of FoodSafe 'Clean in Place' Validation System

03/05/2005

Upgrade of FoodSafe ‘Clean in Place’ Validation System – Cleantec (2 x Electrical Engineering/Information Technology double degree students)

A division of Campbell Brothers Limited, Cleantec is a manufacturer and supplier of innovative cleaning, sanitising, water treatment and engineering systems. Cleantec has customers across the dairy, food processing, brewing and beverage industries.

David White and Paul Driscoll of Campbell Bros/Cleantec instigated a CEED project suitable for two students. The purpose of the overall project is to develop and implement a new system for the representation of data and validation their customers “Clean in Place” (CIP) process operations. The existing system, FoodSafe, was built using an industry standard SCADA application. The new application will make use of an OPC application at the ‘back-end’ to capture data into a database management system. The aim of the students’ project is to develop the database management system and implement a graphical user interface (GUI) and reporting mechanisms.

Samuel Tan and Chien-Jon Soon were appointed to the project – both are Electrical Engineering / IT double degree students at QUT. The students commenced their projects in December 04, utilising the summer vacation period, and they will continue through til end-June 05.

Samuel and Chien-Jon intend to deliver a robust, flexible and easily extendable application. With thorough documentation and system testing, this project will ensure long-term maintenance of the system will be kept to a minimum. By following ‘real world’ software development process, they believe their aims are achievable within their time constraints.

The technology/programming languages used by the students include Microsoft .NET framework, SQL Server and Java with further testing and the final selection of the most appropriate OPC application yet to be finalised.

With strong demand from their customer base for this CIP Validation tool, Cleantec values this project. It will allow them to provide CIP data collection and process validation mechanisms to their clients well into the future. With a solid base and adaptability, Cleantec will be able to extend and upgrade the system, as required. At the moment, reporting mechanisms are separate to the main user interface (which is cumbersome) and general functionality is not entirely dependable (due to the user interface). An upgrade is required for FoodSafe to keep up with real-time performance, enhanced security, smart data storage and reporting required by Cleantec’s clients. Utilising the CEED Program allows Cleantec to achieve this project outcome affordably, whilst giving two students excellent industry experience and mentoring.

As at end of March, Samuel and Chien-Jon are well progressed with the project, having completed the requirements and design specifications with initial testing commenced on the data collection and storage.

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