Working in association with Allied Tek, an OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for sugar cane mills, Siemens is supplying the equipment needed to modernize the production plant. The use of Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) will boost plant efficiency by up to 30 percent. Kaset Thai Sugar Mill (KTIS) based in Thailand is the world's biggest sugar factory, processing 55,000 tons of sugar cane every single day. Working in association with Allied Tek, Siemens has equipped the mill's drive systems with IDS, preparing the sugar company to face future challenges.
The traditional drive technology of the sugar mill is based on industrial turbines, which are connected with the mill by a gear set. This system was replaced by a purely electromechanical solution: an Integrated Drive Systems. The system consists of a 1,100 Kilowatt heavy-duty pressure feeder drive with GH180 converter, 1 PQ4 motor and Planurex 2 planetary gear unit from Flender. Additionally a 2,200 Kilowatt converter, motor and Planurex P3NZ40 planetary gear unit from Flender drives the main mill set.
The use of IDS will ensure an efficiency increase for the sugar mill in the future of more than 30 percent: So far steam from the factory's power plant was used to drive the mill. Steam is no longer needed for the new electromechanical drive system and can be used for other purposes - for example to generate electricity. Moreover, the new drive system is more compact and simpler to operate. The Siemens solution is also sufficiently rugged to withstand the harsh demands of sugar processing. Another benefit for the manufacturer is that Siemens is able to provide a rapid on-site service to deal with any questions surrounding the newly installed IDS system.