International Sugar Journal

Batch pan automation and its impact on energy conservation in cane sugar factories* [Full subscriber]

Abstract In many sugar plants batch pans are still operated manually. The pan station is usually the largest vapour consumer of the plant and therefore its impact on the energy demand is high. Experience with pan automation system installations in Brazil, India and Pakistan has been gained in the last couple of years and results are presented. Pans operated manually usually require 2–5 t water per strike depending for example on pan size, feed brix and other parameters. The steam demand for this water addition is typically within a range of 2 to 16% exhaust steam on cane for the…

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