Case Study: industrial sugar mixer at Citrique

THE PROBLEM: THE PROBLEM:

The occurrence of biofilm on the mixer leads to accumulation of sugar additives and can lead to blockage of the mixer, which occurs several times a year.

 

MIXER 1: WITHOUT SONIC
MIXER 2: WITHOUT SONIC
CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROBLEM: CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROBLEM:

The occurrence of clogging in the blender requires shutting down the entire production for a work shift.

The mixer had to be cleaned due to production problems and required intensive high-pressure cleaning work of more than 30 minutes to be completely cleaned. A clear blue colour of iron was present on the surface.

MIXER 3: WITHOUT SONIC

The mixer was in a “reasonably acceptable” condition and caused no problems for production. However, some unevenness could already be observed on the sides of the unit.

Position of the Sonic transducer on Mixer 4

Static mixer 4 was largely clean, with visible stainless steel where the camera had previously passed. A layer of dirt particles was present, which could be easily removed by rinsing.

MIXER 4: WITH SONIC
RESULTS WITH ULTRASONIC: RESULTS WITH ULTRASONIC:

After 3 months since the installation of ultrasonic on mixer 4, a clear difference can be observed in the degree of cleanliness compared to the other mixers.

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