Inline Process Refractometers in Sugar Cane Processing

Inline Process Refractometers in Sugar Cane Processing

Sugar refining is a high-energy-intensive process that involves many processing stages to eliminate impurities from raw juice. The correct process management tools assist in increased output while lowering production costs. Additionally, sugar production, in general, uses a lot of water. Using advanced technological equipment, such as Electron Machine's Process Refractometer, water, and energy consumption during production may substantially decrease, increasing the mill's efficiency and sustainability.

For the optimum product quantity and quality, consumable sugar manufacturers need tight process control and fast, precise Brix measurements of raw and in-process liquids. The ultimate aim of crystal sugar production is to generate as many uniformly high-quality crystals as possible while avoiding fines and conglomerates. Only the best liquid and crystal sugars are acceptable.

Sugar cane processing needs to happen within a specific time frame after harvesting to minimize sugar loss due to glucose and fructose conversion. Milling and processing, the conventional two-stage process, may be merged in a single modernized manufacturing plant. In both procedures, process refractometers make optical measurements of a solution's refractive index, used to calculate the concentration of dissolved solids. 

Refractometers are used in the cane sugar refining and milling operations to offer precise inline Brix and other readings to obtain high-quality liquid and crystal sugars while reducing production costs.

Inline process refractometers applications in sugar cane processing:
  • Product flow is adapted to evaporator capacity to save energy. 
  • Extraction process optimization, reducing the amount of water at the evaporator. 
  • Feed juice control in the separation column to modify concentration to meet capacity. 
  • Check for quality assurance on liquid bulk sugar and molasses. 
  • Automatic and precise seeding in a vacuum pan. 
  • Supersaturation monitoring during the whole strike of crystallization.

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Inline Process Refractometer in Large Scale Juice Concentrate Production

Inline Process Refractometer in Large Scale Juice Concentrate Production

Fruit juice concentration enables companies to transport their goods more efficiently and extend their shelf life. Concentration manufacturing begins with a dilute feedstock juice and concentrates it by removing water. Water removal occurs using special equipment created specifically for the concentration process. Almost every fruit that is commercially harvested can be juiced or concentrated. 

While extracting fruit juice varies according to the form, size, and nature of the fruit, the steps are the same; juice extraction, filtering, and storage in main holding tanks before being supplied to an evaporator. When juice enters the evaporator, its concentration varies due to various natural variables. The objective of the concentration process is to eliminate this fluctuation and produce a uniform, consistent juice concentrate. Throughout the concentration process of fruit juice, solid components of the original fluid remain and get measured as a percentage of the liquid volume. 

Refractometers are precision instruments that determines the refractive index, or how much a light beam is "bent" when it travels through fruit juice. The angle of light bending is proportional to the concentration of solids. Sugars account for the majority of the soluble solids in fruit juice, along with other soluble components such as organic and amino acids, soluble pectins, and so on. 

On a larger scale, soluble solids concentration (SSC percent, degrees Brix) in juice production facilities is determined by strategically placing inline process refractometers throughout the process to monitor solids concentration and evaluate equipment performance and product quality. The output signals from the refractometers are used as inputs to the evaporators' command and control system, allowing feed rate to be closely matched to evaporation rate and maximizing the efficiency of the energy-consuming equipment. 

To learn more about the function of inline process refractometers in the manufacture of fruit and vegetable juice concentrates, contact Electron Machine Corporation at 352-669-3101 or visit their website at https://electronmachine.com.

The MPR E-Scan™


The MPR E-Scan™ is a rugged, industrialized, in-line process refractometer. It directly measures the refractive index of process fluids and then displays the reading in any number of customer-desired units (Brix, Percent Solids, Dissolved Solids, SGU, R.I., etc.). This reading may be used as an error indicator or part of a complete process control system. A high-resolution color display and a 4-20mA output is standard. HART® protocol, RS-232, and RS-422 outputs are available. Each sensing head is custom tailored and calibrated specifically for the desired process application to ensure the most accurate and useful reading. A simple 0-10Vdc signal is used to transmit the reading from the sensing head to the electronics console, ensuring a robust reading that has a minimal chance of being effected by interference. The entire package is NEMA 4X rated and designed and manufactured with the best materials for each application to provide years of trouble-free service with a minimum amount of maintenance.

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Inline, Realtime Analysis of Degrees Brix (°Bx) in Beverage Production

Analysis of Degrees Brix

The beverage sector creates widely consumed goods while adhering to stringent quality standards. Producers of beverages are responsible for ensuring adequate quality and meet rising customer demands for innovative and consistent flavor. Reliable process control tools are required to make production viable and sustainable and maintain the highest levels of product quality. In this age of sophisticated technologies, it's essential for best practice manufacturing standards. 

The degree of Brix (°Bx) indicates the amount of sugar in an aqueous solution. One degree Brix equals one gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution and suggests the solution's strength as a percentage of mass. Brix monitoring and measurement are critical for various beverages, whether dairy, brewery, wine, soft drinks, or fruit juices.

In the beverage and juice industry, syrups and concentrates are blended with water, or fermented, according to specific recipes, stored in stacking tanks, and finally filled into product-specific bottles or containers. A standard method for Brix testing is a manual process done in a remote lab with samples taken from the process. If a primary component, such as a juice concentrate, does not precisely meet the specifications, or if the blending process itself is incorrect due to incorrect flow control, the entire production run may be flawed. Cross-contamination is another concern. If a wrong product is mixed and bottled due to a poorly controlled phase transition, rejection of the whole batch is the outcome.  

The inline refractometer (a robust process control instrument) provides a highly reliable and precise measure of Brix in beverage production. Inline process refractometers are installed in the process piping and continuously measure the Brix value, constantly measuring the definition and differentiation of each product, component, juice, or beverage. 

The advantages are clear for choosing inline refractometers. The time-consuming and labor-intensive manual sampling and laboratory analysis are less efficient and less repeatable. The more efficient and reliable solution is the inline process refractometer. These devices offer real-time, inline continuous concentration measurement and cross-contamination protection. Additionally, operators can use their time to perform other critical activities, enabling other time-savings quality improvements.

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