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Efficient brix measurement leads to better profitability | Hydrotrac Probes


A mismeasurement of 0.5 points of brix in a massecuite may lead to losses of hundreds of thousands of euros per year in a sugar plant. The Cail & Fletcher Hydrotrac probe allows for an accurate and reliable measurement of the dry matter (brix) of the products along the sugar manufacturing process to perfectly master the sugar yield of the plants.

Brix impacts the supersaturation of the solutions and therefore the final crystal content in the massecuites and magmas.

As an example, a wrong measurement of 0.5 units of brix in a first strike massecuite can reduce by up to 1% the crystallization yield (cristal content) of the massecuite produced in a batch pan.

Considering a single 60 m3 batch pan which produces approximately 540 tons of massecuite per day and 97 200 tons of massecuite during a 6-month sugar campaign, a difference of 1% in the crystal content would lead to a lack of 486 tons of sugar representing approximately 220 000 € not crystallized. This sugar will go with the centrifugal runoff to the second strike of crystallization and will need to be crystallized in a second round of crystallization with significant additional energy cost.

For this one single pan, the cost of lost energy due to this re-crystallization process is estimated to at least 26 000 € per crop! This estimation does not include the amortization costs of the over capacity equipment needed to process this excess of massecuite.

As a matter of fact, a reliable brix measurement such as the one available with the Cail & Fletcher Hydrotrac probe is probably today the fastest return on investment of the Sugar Industry.

The Cail & Fletcher Hydrotrac probe uses microwave technology to directly measure the content of water in syrups, molasses, massecuites and magmas.

Save time, save energy and earn more money with Cail & Fletcher Hydrotrac probe!

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