Beet sugar processing

Beet sugar roots contain a high concentration of sucrose and are commercially grown for sugar production in temperate climates (Europe and North America). Sugar beets are harvested in mid-to-late autumn when sugar content peaks and then processed into liquid and crystal sugar. Typically the sugar mills operate from harvest time until the beets have been processed. Sugar produced from sugar beets is second only to sugar cane as the major source of the world's annual sugar.

Beet sugar processing

Download the application note to learn how the Vaisala Polaris Process Refractometer is used throughout the processing for optimization and to ensure efficiently working subprocesses and sugar beet mill. Control of concentration levels saves on water and energy.

  • In the diffusion process, the process refractometer monitors the progress continuously and detects rapidly any disturbances.
  • When thin juice is evaporated to thick juice, the process refractometer monitors the dissolved solids concentration until the required concentration is reached.
  • During crystallization, the refractometer is connected to Zutora's SeedMaster-4, which enables good quality sugar yield without fines or conglomerates and allows for accurate, in-line, and real-time monitoring of supersaturation and crystal content over the complete process of crystallization.
  • Tightly monitoring final molasses processing with a refractometer ensures an economically working mill.

The note also includes recommended Vaisala Polaris Process Refractometer installation points for best performance.

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