Moore Industries has published a new white paper on an application using the WORM Flexible Temperature Sensors to measure the temperature of molasses during the production of beet sugar. Using the WORM as a replacement for standard thermowells allows site engineers to get more accurate temperature readings and maximize the amount of sugar recovered from the molasses.
American Crystal Sugar Company struggled with getting accurate temperature readings of molasses created during the process of extracting beet sugar. The molasses ran about 1 1/2-inches thick at the bottom of a pipe. Using a standard straight thermowell and a solid sheathed RTD sensor meant that the thermowell and sensor was only partially submerged. This led to inaccurate temperature measurements.
This was solved by creating a custom thermowell from 3/8-in. Stainless steel tubing with a radial bend at the end. The flexible WORM RTD sensor was inserted and secured into the newly designed thermowell. This allowed the tip of the sensor to be angled so that it was fully submerged in the molasses. The result is that site operators are able to get highly accurate temperature readings, which allows them to adjust their processes to extract more sugar from the molasses.