Spreckels Sugar Company has utilized the Sugars™ modeling program very successfully to evaluate process improvements and the integration of new processes into existing factory operations. Specific examples of these uses are the reconfiguration of sugar end operations and integration of the molasses desugarization process at the Mendota, California factory. During the design phase, the Sugars™ model provided the means to evaluate a number of possible configurations as well as potential bottlenecks and deficiencies. After start-up, the model provided for the quick evaluation of actual operations and helped identify solutions to achieve operating targets. Overall, the Sugars™ model has proven to give an accurate prediction of the process operation for both material and energy balances. For the Mendota project, the results actually being achieved by the factory are within a few percentage points of the predicted material and energy balances and well within the normal process variation to be expected.
Chris Rhoten, V.P. (now with The Amalgamated Sugar Co.)
Spreckels Sugar Co. (now owned by Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Coop.)
Pleasanton, California, USA