Sugar refinery win for Siemens

14 March 2011

Siemens has been awarded a contract to equip the biggest sugar refinery operating in North America with electrical and control technology.

The plant, which is currently under construction in Gramercy. will be owned and operated by Louisiana Sugar Refining (LSR), a joint venture set up with Sugar Growers and Refiners, Cargill and Imperial Sugar Company. The refinery is due to start production in September 2011, producing a million tons of sugar every year.

The Siemens Industry Automation Division will be supplying a range of electrical and control system components for the refinery. The contract will include the Simatic PCS 7 distributed control system, valve positioners, switchgear, smart motor control centers, Sinamics centrifugal drives and NEMA certified motors. Added to this will be numerous software templates used to optimise the sugar refining process.

Siemens has been involved with the sugar industry for many years. It won the contract largely due to its crystallization process control strategy and general automation control concept. “Working in cooperation with Siemens, we will make this plant the most technologically advanced sugar refinery in the United States“, said LSR plant manager, Jack Thompson.

“Our control methods and components for optimising sugar production will help LSR achieve a sustainable improvement in its competitive position” said Prof. Michael Bruns, head of process automation for the Siemens Industry Automation Division.

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