International Sugar Journal

Assessing the quality of ball-milled slurries † [Full subscriber]

In a survey of the preparation method of ball-milled slurries in South African sugarcane factories, it was determined, from the ten participating mills, that only a single sugar factory still adhered to the method prescribed in the SASTA Laboratory Manual. This deviation raised some concern over the quality of slurry being prepared by the various mills and subsequently prompted an assessment by the Sugar Milling Research Institute. The quality parameters for ballmilled slurries were identified as crystal density (or number of crystals), crystal size distribution and crystal habit (or shape) – each of which was assessed using an image analysis…

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