Moisture Measurement in Sugar Production

Moisture detection in sugar production
Moisture detection in sugar production.
The sugar industry processes sugar cane and sugar beets to manufacture edible sugar. To achieve high quality sugar, improve efficiency and keep production cost in check, moisture detectors are employed to deliver accurate moisture analysis during several stages of the process.

Typical processes are as follows;


Sugar cane:
  • Milling with water, extracting raw juice -> purification
Sugar beet: 
  • Diffusing with hot water, extracting raw juice -> purification. 
Moisture detection in sugar productionPurification / Refining
  • Crystallized sugar after purification is called "raw sugar". Raw sugar is then dried and may be further refined before bagging for shipment. 
CHINO's IM Series online system can measure moisture to maintain product consistency as well as energy efficiency at the following parts of the sugar manufacturing process.

Moisture detection in sugar productionMoisture measurement of "Bagasse" (fiber residue of the canes).
  • 10% - 40% (Accuracy: +/- 0.5%) 
  • Bagasse is mainly used as a biofuel, renewable resource in the pulp, paper products and building materials.
Moisture measurement of "used cossettes" (sliced beets used for diffusion).
Moisture detection in sugar production
  • 30% - 70% (Accuracy: +/- 0.5%)
  • Used cossettes are dried and sold as animal feed
Moisture control of raw sugar and during refinery
  • IM Series is equipped w/ 4-20mA analog output which can be easily incorporated with existing process control systems.
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