While the basics of mass sugar refining have not changed significantly in the last 200 years, it is important to take advantage of relatively newer technology to allow the production processes to run more efficiently and produce a higher yield. CANTY’s range of dynamic imaging systems can be used to do just that, by providing unparalleled views into the process, and generating useful data that can be used for process control and optimization. Sugar production processes where this technology can be employed include clarifying, crystallization, centrifuging, and product quality control.
CANTY provides a direct inline color & turbidity analyzer, to analyse the fluid discharged from the clarification process, in order to determine if it is within specification. Combining CANTY’s imaging, fused glass and lighting technologies, the colour of the liquid can be analysed on a number of color scales (YUV, RGB, Lab), which can be taken as a direct measurement, or related to a specific NTU or FTU turbidity value. The image analysis software has the ability to filter out any air bubbles from the analysis, meaning only a true color / turbidity measurement is performed on the fluid.
Remote process monitoring is possible through the use of the CANTY SugarScope™ which allows the user to view the growth of the sugar crystals in real time. The SugarScope™ combines CANTY’S fused glass and lighting technologies to provide an unrivalled continuous view from initial seeding & nucleation, through to full crystal growth, allowing for early problem detection and increased process control. CantyVision image analysis software can also be used as an add on, allowing for particle size and shape characterization during the initial stages of crystal growth
The Canty Inflow™ is an excellent tool for controlling a centrifuge to determine percent solids & turbidity of filter breakthrough in the effluent stream, where product is being washed away. This is measured in-line in the effluent stream after the centrifuge.
10 um – 2,400 um Particle size analysis range. Finished sugar product is subjected to a series of quality control tests in order to determine if the sugar crystals are the correct size and shape, and also that the concentration of black specks / burned sugar crystals is within specification. CANTY’S range of image based particle analysis systems provide true size and shape characterization, with each particle measured under 13 size and shape parameters. CANTY’S imaging systems also offer the option of Black Speck detection within the sugar sample. The systems can be run at line through the use of a sweep sampler, or offline as laboratory instruments. This system provides direct correlation to traditional sieve analysis, but does so in a much shorter analysis time, with much less operator input required