New centrifugal control systems for a successful campaign
In Russia, beet sugar plants are tested to the limits during the campaign. Technical system failures must be avoided at all cost during these three or four months, as they would result in huge financial losses. Which is why sugar factories do their utmost to prepare machinery and equipment for the campaign.
Even in an emergency, customers can rely on BMA
In an emergency, customers can reach BMA 24/7 on +49 531 804 666. The breakdown of a machine, interrupting production, can result in huge financial losses. Every hour of machine downtime is money lost. What you need in that situation is immediate help without any red tape – even outside office hours and particularly at weekends.
BMA Academy goes online with webinars
In the sugar industry, knowledge transfer is the key to greater efficiency. The Academy is now offering its training solutions online as well. This allows us to make our knowledge available to everybody, so machinery and plants can be operated efficiently and safely.
BMA is further expanding its range of digital services with webinars, online presentations and a monthly newsletter.
The corona crisis presents a challenge for corporate communications, too. But digital communication is bringing people worldwide closer together, despite the pandemic and geographical distance.
Our international Sales team gets together online
As a global company, BMA relies on the support of its international teams. To foster close collaboration, the whole Sales team normally meets once a year for a conference lasting several days. Last year, the focus was once again on networking – though of a different type.
Development of hardware is a giant leap forward for BMA towards a networked sugar factory
BMA has been working on its digitalisation strategy smart4sugar for a digitally networked sugar factory since 2018. The aim is to make machine and production data available at any time and from anywhere in the world, tapping unused potential and increasing a factory’s efficiency. Our approach has been to develop a proprietary hardware, as an interface to the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Live support at the construction site thanks to remote solution
At the end of last year, BMA successfully commissioned a mini sugar refinery at San Diego, California, for California Sugar Equipment LLC (Zucarmex Group). Because of the pandemic, BMA was unable to be at the construction site at all times. But with our remote solution, we were able to provide customer support.
BMA supplies E1810 centrifugals to sugar factories in Ukraine
Over the past ten years, BMA has successfully commissioned more than 200 centrifugals in Ukraine. At the Podillya Foods Company and the Gorodishche-Pustovarovsky sugar factory, we have installed the new generation of control systems featuring smart.monitoring. This monitoring service lets factories access live operating data from E1810 batch centrifugals, at any time and from anywhere.
International cooperation is key to success in the construction of China’s most cutting-edge sugar factory
China’s population of more than 1.4 billion consumed 16.2 million tonnes of sugar in 2020. The country’s urbanisation has changed the younger generation’s eating habits, including a rapid rise in sugar consumption. For 2030 this is forecast to grow even further to 18.6m tonnes. The new Dafeng Yinmore Sugar refinery built together with BMA plays an important part in meeting this demand.
The world’s largest beet sugar factory is under construction in Egypt
Canal Sugar, a project for the largest beet sugar factory in the world, breaks all records. And BMA plays a key role in it: we are supplying the largest extraction plant ever built, and are responsible for its integration with the overall factory concept.
BMA supplies plants for modernisation of Drayton sugar factory
Several years ago, the American Crystal Sugar Company (ACS) started to systematically modernise their Drayton, North Dakota factory. In 2019, it was the turn for a new BMA sugar dryer and a VKT vertical continuous pan for B product.
BMA studies crystallisation of sugar substitutes
In January 2019, the Finnish company Fazer announced that they would be building a plant to produce the sugar substitute xylitol. That is the context for our study on the crystallisation behaviour of solutions containing xylose or xylitol.
SUTA updates order to include direct-contact condenser from BMA
A new chapter in a successful collaboration: because of the COSUMAR Group’s positive experiences with equipment from BMA, such as our vertical continuous pans (VKT) or our falling-film evaporators (FFE), the SUTA sugar factory continues to put its trust in us.
Caroline Ulsamer is one of Germany’s best formation dancers
It is by now a good tradition: every year’s BMA Info introduces a member of the BMA team who has an unusual hobby. For this issue, we have spoken to Caroline Ulsamer, who joined Human Resources at our Braunschweig site as a working student in April 2019. Caroline’s great passion is dancing.
Our success in China is based on close international collaboration
Our project with the East Asia Sugar Group is a fine example of BMA’s business success in China – and of the smooth collaboration between the German and Chinese project partners. For the East Asia Sugar Group, the Chinese subsidiary of Mitr Phol Group, high product quality and low-energy processes are constant targets. Which is why its 20,000 TCD cane sugar factory and 1,000 TPD back-end refinery...
Mexico is known as an innovator among sugar producing countries in Latin America. Its sugar industry takes an interest in new technologies and in ways of improving the sugar process by optimising energy consumption and increasing sugar output – which is where BMA steps in
For over 160 years, BMA has been the first point of contact for all matters relating to the industrial production and refining of sugar. During this time, we have developed many methods and plants, as well as continuously expanding our knowledge. The involvement by BMA and its employees in international associations and professional organisations for sugar technologists are one factor of our...
Consumption down, efficiency up: our energy management efforts are paying off
ISO 50001 is the name of the standard for establishing a rigorous and comprehensive energy management system at BMA. Its implementation is having many positive effects on our company.
How the interface design of our centrifugals has evolved
In the last 150 years, BMA has developed and launched a range of different centrifugal types. With each new model, we have drawn on research and experiences gained in the field, driven by our customers’ high standards. This is equally true for interface design.
Throughput, material & more: with centrifugals from BMA, all options are available
Buying a new centrifugal is an investment decision that requires careful consideration, not just in times when budgets are tight. Which is why the right configuration really matters. Ultimately those supposedly small details can make all the difference.
BMA supplies fluidised-bed steam dryer to Ukraine
The Ukrainian PAO Salivonkovsky Sugar Factory had set itself a number of goals: upgrade its drying plant for beet pulp, integrate a new fluidised-bed steam dryer (WVT), and increase the beet processing rate. Quite a list of items – leading to a whole range of questions.
India, Brisbane, Braunschweig: Dr Omkar Thaval is now at home at BMA
Dr Omkar Thaval works as a Senior Technologist in Engineering at BMA AG in Braunschweig. In this interview, he talks about his unusual career path, his passion for sugar technology, and how his colleagues in Braunschweig helped him settle in.
We are all familiar with it, from our own life and from those around us: growing up, leaving home, maybe starting a family, and possibly moving from a flat into a house – constant change. But if we did not constantly develop and learn, there would be no progress.
Al Nouran sugar factory: commissioning completed in spring
The scope of our contract for construction of the new Egyptian Al Nouran sugar factory for Al Sharkiya Sugar Manufacturing (ASSM) is such that we have reported on its progress in several issues of BMA Info. Now, commissioning of the factory has just been completed.
Crystallisation growing stronger in Latin America
We have been working hard in Latin America to be considered more than just a manufacturer of centrifugals. Since the beginning of the decade, BMA has completed engineering projects in El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama. At the end of a project, a contract for equipment from BMA often follows, and this is what happened in Colombia.
Tubular falling-film evaporator replaces plate pack design
In December 2017, the Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative in Wahpeton, North Dakota, decided to buy a new falling-film evaporator for the first effect of their evaporator station. Their aim: creating better operating conditions for the whole station.
New sugar dryer from BMA America for North Dakota
The American Crystal Sugar Company is welcoming a new drum dryer and cooler. This will help operators at the Drayton sugar factory in North Dakota solve one problem: the large differences in temperature between the seasons.
A concept for juice purification from BMA
Operation of the new juice purification station at the Znamenskiy sugar factory in Russia is based on the pre-carbonatation principle. What makes this method so special? And how can beet sugar factories and sugar refineries benefit from state-of-the-art physical and chemical juice purification?
Construction of Al Reef sugar refinery is progressing well
About three years ago, BIA (Biomass Industries Associates), who specialise in EPCM contracts in the MENA region, awarded BMA several major orders for key equipment for the main process stations of the Al Reef sugar refinery. The first stage of the project has now been completed and the refinery is taking shape.
Four falling-film evaporators and a VKT for the SUTA sugar factory
Some years ago, we prepared an energy and upgrade study for the SUTA sugar factory owned by the COSUMAR Group, in close collaboration with SUTA’s own engineers. One outcome of this study has been the installation of four falling-film evaporators (FFE) for different effects, and of a large 5-chamber vacuum pan.
Review of the BMA symposium on digitalisation
In industry, politics and the media, at meetings, conferences and trade fairs, there’s no way now of ignoring digitalisation and the Internet of Things (IoT). In November 2018, BMA hosted a symposium under the motto “Smart enough? The sugar industry in the digital age“.
How BMA promotes innovation and achieves better performance
Passion for Progress is the guiding principle for all BMA employees. We collect ideas and gain experiences, make suggestions for improvement, and close gaps in our knowledge. Our motivation is to continuously improve our products.
First meeting of BMA engineers for international project business
For our centrifugal experts in After-Sales, regular meetings are a long-established tradition. Now BMA’s on-site assembly staff in the project business have followed suit: they had their first meeting in Braunschweig at the end of last year.
The executive boards and shareholders of Salzgitter Maschinenbau AG (SMAG) and BMA Braunschweigische Maschinenbauanstalt AG (BMA) have signed a contract for the merger of the two companies. The deal will create a strong group of companies with a focus on internationality situated between Harz and Heide, with an excellent extended portfolio in mechanical engineering and plant construction.
BMA employee Robert Bessel talks about his passion
Floating through the air – who hasn’t dreamed about it... Robert Bessel, Senior Manager Health, Safety & Environment at BMA in Braunschweig since May 2018, has made this dream come true. He has turned his hobby, ballooning, into a small enterprise.
The only constant is change. That is also true for developments in the sugar market. Sugar prices had only just recovered in autumn 2017 – and now, a few months later, they are falling again. Analysts are expecting a record global harvest and considerable production surpluses for the 2017/2018 campaign. So the sugar market will continue to be full of surprises. Particularly where...
New refinery construction for Dafeng Yinmore Sugar is progressing well
In Dafeng, our customer Dafeng Yinmore Sugar’s new refinery has been growing ever taller for over a year now. The factory complex is located just three kilometres from the coast, on a reclaimed land site. A whole new industrial area will be developed here, with excellent links to global trade routes.
Engineering Network delivers tailor-made solutions – such as in China
Basic engineering, detailed engineering and the piping design for the sugar house: those were our job specifications from the Yunan Yinmore Group in China. In November 2017, BMA completed the 4,000 t/d refinery project and handed over all documentation.
Complete solutions from BMA integrate all our strengths
In over 160 years, the BMA Group has equipped more than 600 factories – an impressive record! Thanks to our wealth of experience, we can offer complex solutions to the sugar and food industries, for single process steps and complete factories alike.
for cane sugar factory in Thailand
The Japanese Mitsui Group has commissioned Guangxi Construction Engineering (GCE), based in Nanning, China, with building a cane sugar factory for its Kaset Phol subsidiary in Thailand. In this project, the engineering experts from BMA play an important role, because Mitsui have high standards regarding process efficiency and sugar quality.
Huge performance boost for Kirsanov sugar factory
Due to be commissioned in 2021: the new sugar factory near the Russian town of Kirsanov, immediately next to the old factory site. And what distinguishes the new plant from the old one? First of all its capacity, which will be seven times higher.
Salivonkovsky beet sugar factory benefits from two new dryers
Most drying and cooling processes require large amounts of energy. Which is why cost and energy efficiency are top priorities for dryers from BMA. Such as the two plants we built for a beet sugar factory at Hrebinky.
Side by side with BMA: Indonesian refineries upgrade capacities
Over the past 30 years, BMA has made a name for itself in Indonesia as a partner for technology and equipment. We have installed more than 200 centrifugals, 30 pumps, 20 batch pans, four dryers and one diffuser, giving us excellent references from both the private and public sectors.
Extraction towers from BMA – a success story
BMA has been a pioneer in the sugar industry in many ways, such as with the development of extraction towers. In the mid-twentieth century, we were the first company who tried to process beet cossettes in continuous operation on an industrial scale. It was the starting point for a technology that is in use around the globe today.
The DMS from BMA – now available to our customers
Storing, managing and sharing data and information: for the efficient organisation of large projects, BMA uses a specially developed document management system (DMS). We now offer our customers a tailor-made version of this DMS.
Across industry boundaries, our manufacturing expertise is in demand
BMA has been a leading supplier of equipment to the international sugar industry for more than 160 years. As well as building complex and highly dynamic machinery such as centrifugals, a special service we offer is handling oversized plants and apparatus.
New level of development for massecuite pump from BMA
Pumps of various types can be found in many places throughout a sugar factory: centrifugal pumps, for instance, move cossette/juice mixtures, and positive-displacement pumps discharge runoff. Then there are massecuite pumps. They move crystal suspensions, so-called massecuites, between, say, the vertical continuous pan and the centrifugal station or the cooling crystalliser.
Its international focus is a key asset for BMA
Since its beginnings, BMA has implemented thousands of projects for customers across the globe, each of them unique. Our technical, financial, geographical, administrative and time resources form the wealth of experience and expertise we rely on in our projects.
The After-Sales team from BMA keeps your plants up to date
In the cost analysis of a plant, what counts even in the medium term is not the initial investment but operating costs throughout its service life. Which is why BMA offers its customers a wide range of preventive maintenance and repair services.
Research and development are key factors of our success
Since its beginnings, BMA has developed many technical innovations. That is reflected in our vision, Passion for Progress. The focus is especially on our Research & Development (R&D) team, the BMA department that transforms this vision into reality.
By the end of 2015, sugar prices had bottomed out and soon after, analysts recorded a clear rise.
So things are looking up. It remains to be seen how strong a trend this is and how long it will continue. Already influences from various sources are felt, for instance, excess production, the currency development of the Brazilian real, and speculative trading.
Construction of the Dafeng refinery is reaching its final stage
As China continues to grow, its wealth is increasing. The rising demand for sugar is evidence of this development and the reason why the country's processing capacities need to be expanded. BMA is delighted to help – with engineering services and equipment for a new refinery at Dafeng.
Available now – the new, extremely compact model of the K3 series: the K3080.
Meet the new addition to our product range of continuous centrifugals, the extremely compact K3080. It has excellent DNA: with more than 500 machines commissioned since 2010, the K3 series has been setting new standards in centrifugal design. The K3080 succeeds the K850 and K1100. It is the perfect solution for use in...
BMA supplies equipment to Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing
StateAn extraction tower and a countercurrent cossette mixer – these are the items of equipment BMA is supplying to Japan’s largest sugar producer. What Nippon Beet Sugar Manufacturing wants to achieve is greater reliability for the next campaign.
Engineering, procurement, construction: BMA provides complete solutions.
Every order may be unique and specific to one customer, but engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects from BMA are a consistent and reliable standard. We are committed to delivering expert solutions made in Germany anywhere in the world.
The Olympic motto “faster, higher, stronger” characterised last summer’s Games in Rio de Janeiro. It also aptly describes the development of BMA’s product business. With sales of well over 200 centrifugals in 2016, BMA has consolidated its top position as the world’s leading supplier of centrifugals to the sugar industry. We were able to strengthen products from BMA in our regular markets, as well...
The Bruckner tank: three reference projects for BMA Russia
Collaboration between the R&D department at our main site in Braunschweig, Germany, and BMA Russia has resulted in a product that enhances our portfolio for the sugar sector: the Bruckner tank. It removes sediment sludge and ensures thorough cleaning of the circulating flume water.
A special drying system for sewage treatment
It takes up very little space, saves up to 95 percent of energy for drying, works fast and produces no smells: the drying of sewage sludge using superheated steam. Beet sugar factories have been relying on this technology for some time, but for sewage treatment plants, it is a new approach to sludge disposal and capacity extension.
Sugar factories and refineries opt for a tried and tested method
BMA has a tradition of developing juice purification systems. Milestones include the “Braunschweig Juice Puri cation System 65” and its successor “BMA 78”. The focus of current projects is on upgrading and optimising existing systems and building new ones.
Plans for digitalisation and networks in BMA’s workshops
For some time now, Industry 4.0 has been the term you hear whenever the conversation turns to the future orientation of mechanical and plant engineering companies. If manufacturers and researchers are to be believed, entirely new and pro table business models can be established with the digitalisation and networking of products.
BMA Automation completes process control system for the Agrosnabsakhar factory
BMA have maintained a fruitful partnership with the Agrosnabsakhar sugar factory, based in Elets in Russia, since 2010. Our subsidiary BMA Automation has played a key role in the factory conversion.
A new addition to our range of manufacturing methods: water jet cutting
From thermal separation to welding and to moulding, and from machining to surface finishing: BMA uses many different metalworking techniques in its workshops. Now we have further expanded our vertical integration with water jet cutting.
The VKT – a highly efficient process solution
More than 30 years have passed since the first vertical continuous pan (VKT) was commissioned in Germany. Since then, the apparatus has become more and more widely used. Initially in European beet sugar factories; then, in 1995, the first VKT for high-purity products (massecuite purity of about 99.5 percent) was installed in Dubai. In recent years, it...
Construction of Russia’s largest beet sugar factory is progressing well
Not far from the Russian town of Kirsanov, a beet sugar factory is taking shape that will eclipse all other factories in the country. The plants, due to be commissioned by 2021, include evaporator technology from BMA.
Upgrades improve centrifugal performance and efficiency
Sugar factories and refineries upgrade their centrifugals to keep them up to date, for better performance, efficiency, functionality and hygiene. BMA has now upgraded twelve centrifugals at Nordzucker AG’s Klein Wanzleben factory near Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt.
BMA supplies key equipment for Al Reef sugar refinery
The sugar industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region) is growing: existing refineries are increasing their capacity and new plants are under construction. BMA is proud to be involved in many of these projects – such as the construction of the Al Reef refinery in Saudi Arabia. Our customer: Biomass Industries Associates (BIA).
BMA Brazil: study to increase the extraction output of diffusers
Brazil is the number one sugar producer and exporter in the world. In this major market, BMA is represented by its subsidiary BMA Brasil Equipamentos Industriais – manufacturing the latest generation of centrifugals and providing engineering services.