The oldest sugar mill in Ecuador automates

01 February 2011

Responsible for 33% of the sugar produced in Ecuador, and the country's oldest sugar mill - the Ingenio Valdez sugar mill - will, in future, operate with a completely automated extraction process, following the installation of automation and control equipment.

In addition to increasing the processing capacity of the mill, the automation equipment will also enable the mill to reduce its energy costs, and cut manual plant input.

The automation project was undertaken in June 2010 and it is expected to double production capability at the mill.

An automation solution, supplied by WEG, will simplify and improve efficiency at the mill. A single control room interfaces via distributed networks to perform digital processes and collect data within the mill. WEG MCC panels (Motor Control Centers) are being installed to control the Uni-Systems technology diffuser, which replaces the traditional crusher, as part of the modernization process. With the support of the automation solution it is expected that the crusher will be able to process up to 14,000 tons/day of sugar, as opposed to the 9,000 tons processed by the previous, and now deactivated, three-roll crushers.

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