Sugar handling application

Solutions for the sugar industry

Designs that include pneumatic conveying, dust collection, central vacuum systems and integrated explosion protection are helping plants address significant changes in safety directives from government bodies.

Schenck Process provides producers and refiners of sugar with material handling and dust collection solutions to improve process efficiencies and increase the safety and cleanliness of the plant. Schenck Process specializes in pneumatic conveying, air filtration and material feeding solutions that minimize safety concerns, decrease maintenance costs and reduce the emission of dust and harmful pollutants.

Pneumatic conveying technologies

Pneumatic conveying has fewer moving parts and greater flexibility for plants with changing needs. Enclosed pipelines protect the material from contamination and virtually eliminate degradation of the product into smaller particles that can present a dust hazard. Pneumatic conveying also integrates filtration while delivering materials to their destination. Sugar refineries are finding they can also utilize this method to increase safety and cleanliness in their facilities.

Dilute phase conveying uses a high velocity air stream to convey material and is most common in sugar users where the particle size of sugar does not impact product quality.

Benefits of dilute phase pneumatic conveying:

  • Totally enclosed system
  • Smaller footprint
  • Significantly minimized degradation
  • Few moving parts
  • Reduced installation costs
  • Lower maintenance costs

Dust collection

It is important that sugar handling facilities employ dust collection systems that are uniquely designed according to plant specifications and also have the benefits of:

  • Limiting emissions
  • Being specifically designed for ease of maintenance
  • Accounting for critical moisture concerns in the environment
  • Including cleanout or inspection opening in ductwork

Explosion mitigation

There are three primary methods of explosion protection: venting, containment and suppression. Each of these methods of explosion protection offer varying degrees of cost and flexibility depending on the enclosure and its location.
A dust collection system alone does not keep a plant dust-free. Housekeeping must be a part of any good dust collection plan or design. Schenck Process central vacuum systems are an effective way to clean industrial environments that will minimize recontamination and the labor costs of housekeeping.

A good understanding of needs is critical to the performance of the system to determine the selection of:

  • Vacuum type
  • Line size and configuration
  • Separator and discharge device

Precise feeding

The MechaTron® feeder features the unique ability to disassemble, clean, reconfigure or service from the non-process side. Offered in three model sizes with either a Coni-Flex™ flexible hopper or in all stainless steel, the MechaTron®’s versatility makes it a favorite for sugar processors.

  • Feed rates from 0.057 to 32,160 liters per hour
  • Conical mass flow hopper design
  • Easy disassembly for cleaning and servicing
  • Sanitary approved models available
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