First class planning of new plants and smooth commissioning procedures, reducing energy consumption and increasing output for existing plants: BMA's engineering expertise has many benefits.
Last year, BMA’s engineering activities once again covered a wide range – for the beet and cane sugar industries, sugar refineries, and providers of special sugar products. Our activities included the following:
- Courses on topics such as extraction and crystallisation (in Chile, for instance), and training before or during the commissioning of new plants
- Assistance during the commissioning of numerous new plants for extraction, crystallisation, sugar drying, etc.
- Plant optimisation
- Implementation of basic concepts and energy studies
- Basic engineering and feasibility studies
- Detailed engineering
- Crystallisation tests in the BMA research centre, particularly on sugar substitutes and non-sucrose sugars
These would not be possible without our BMA engineers’ experience, knowledge and expertise in theory, engineering and the live operation of sugar factories. As part of a continuous improvement process, findings from operation are immediately transferred to new projects. With our close-knit global network of subsidiaries and agents, our customers can be sure to have one of our many experts nearby, to collaborate on engineering projects.
The BMA research centre also plays a major role. Frequently, there is not enough information about the properties of special sugar products (non-sucrose sugars). In the research centre, we can run tests to determine these data on a laboratory scale. When combined with crystallisation tests, the results can be transferred to a larger scale, even industrial plants.
Overall, engineering at BMA is aimed at achieving a high standard of realistic planning concerning plant capacity and performance indicators, and at preparing all documents needed for the implementation of a plant. Target plant capacities and performance indicators are met – frequently even surpassed – during operation.