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Complete drive solutions to boost efficiency and cut costs

September 2019 Motion Control & Drives

The importance of the sugar industry in KwaZulu-Natal to SEW-Eurodrive as a key growth area for its complete drive solutions was underscored when it exhibited at the Congress of the South African Sugar Technologists’ Association (SASTA) during August at the International Convention Centre in Durban.

The company used the congress as a platform to showcase its robust drive engineering solutions, which are ideal for sugar production, according to KwaZulu-Natal branch manager, Clive O’Reilly. Its geared motors are ideal for horizontal crystallisers, filters, clarifiers, conveyors, batch pans, mixers and packaging.

An extremely challenging production process is required to turn the harvested product, sugar cane or sugar beets, into finely granulated sugar. The main component of any sugar factory, no matter where it is located globally, is the sugar mill. During the harvest period, these run 24/7 for several months. The only opportunity for any maintenance or upgrade that is required is during the off-crop season.

Sugar mills in particular present a harsh environment that requires highly robust and reliable drive solutions that can easily generate high nominal torque values. Typical applications for these large gear units are rotary kilns and segmented girth gears, large agitators, extruders, and crane technology, among others.

“There is a significant growth opportunity for us in this sector, especially as the sugar industry standardises on tailored drive packages and complete system solutions to optimise efficiencies and reduce costs,” concludes O’Reilly. “Here we have the necessary application knowledge and experience to be able to assist the local sugar mills.”

The premier event for the sugar industry, the 2019 SASTA event provided a platform for the latest research and innovations. An accompanying trade exhibition allowed key suppliers such as SEW-Eurodrive to engage with the sugar industry and present its full service and product offering.

For more information contact Jana Klut, SEW-Eurodrive, +27 11 248 7000, jklut@sew.co.za, www.sew-eurodrive.co.za



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