Since 2018, we have fitted all our batch centrifugals with a router, which enables live transfer of centrifugal operating data to a specially secured cloud storage space. The data are visualised on a dashboard that can be accessed from almost anywhere. All that is needed is an internet connection and a suitable device (such as a mobile phone, computer or tablet). From the basic version, the operating state, warnings and alerts, are displayed. Additional options are the computation and display of KPIs (key performance indicators) such as energy consumption, utilisation rate, sugar output or OEE (overall equipment effectiveness).
The operator panel for the E-series centrifugals has been redesigned, making handling even simpler and more intuitive. Tried-and-tested features remain unchanged: by adjusting technology parameters in the control system from the operator panel, machine operation can be quickly adapted to changing conditions. Formula management permits simple storage of any number of setups, which can be used to easily preconfigure common operation scenarios. The benefits: less work for the operators and smoother running of the plant.
Operating a batch centrifugal station presents a number of challenges, while also offering considerable room for improvement. smart.sequencing from BMA is the perfect complement for handling this. It can be a standalone solution for the centrifugal station or integrated with the DCS. The customer decides whether the focus in operation should be on maximising throughput of the centrifugal station, on optimal energy efficiency – or a combination of both. Or could there be a bottleneck in sugar transport? As its name suggests, smart.sequencing is a smart control system that goes beyond simple interlocking, permitting quick and easy responses to sudden changes in the process. Centrifugals made by other manufacturers can also be integrated.