Increased monitoring and control flexibility for sugar producers

16 December 2021

ABB has launched its latest release of ABB Ability Sugar Library, enhanced with new functionalities to serve as a control engineering inventory for sugar manufacturers. It aims to reduce engineering costs and development timelines, simplify expansions and eliminate engineering errors. 

The release features a range of templates specifically designed for sugar process applications in beet and cane sugar industries. It fulfils all process area requirements including raw material handling, purification, crystallisation and sugar handling, and now evaporation and filtration. Customisable templates will result in engineering efficiencies. For operators, efficient monitoring of process helps to optimise resources and energy usage.

A high-performance human-machine interface (HMI) has been designed for fast detection and resolution of process disturbances, with alarm messages. Maintenance teams will gain the right information at the right time, with tracking and trends visually available. The auto-reconfigurable dynamic, high-performance HMI visualisations provided in the library aims to reduce commissioning times, helping plant engineers and operators focus on continuous improvement. 

Among sustainability advantages, ABB Ability Sugar Library features a steam economy mode that ensures no more steam than required is generated during the evaporation phase. It is also collected and reused for the crystallisation phase, saving any fuel used to make the steam and therefore reducing production costs. 

ABB Ability  Sugar Library integrates with the latest versions of ABB’s distributed control system (DCS) ABB Ability System 800xA and provisions support for ABB Ability Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM). It can support digitalisation strategies, sustainability, quality improvement and waste reduction initiatives.

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