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Fire and Explosion Prevention for the Sugar Industry

Spark Detection & Extinguishing Systems offer safety for your sugar beet processing

In sugar production, the sugar beets are processed to extract the sugar. The remaining chips and pulp are pelletized and used as animal feed. A byproduct of these processes is combustible dust and is especially explosive.

The drying of sugar beet chips and pulp in drum dryers has temperatures up to 1100 °F. Interruptions of the material flow lead to overheating of the chips, which can cause fire in the dryer. The fire can spread with the aid of exhaust ducts and conveying systems.

An additional risk of fire is found in the pelletizing process where sparks and embers can be generated. The downstream cooling process receives these ignition sources along with hot pellets as combustible material and the cooler system provides plenty of oxygen to create the fire triangle that is a perfect environment for intense fires.



Zones at risk in sugar beet processing

Fire or explosions in sugar beet processing can damage or even destroy the facility. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system monitors and protects the following areas at risk:

  • Dryers
  • Hammermills
  • Conveying systems
  • Dust collector
  • Pellet press
  • Cooler








Sugar from sugar beets.  The remaining beet pulp is pelletized for animal feed.
Sugar from sugar beets. The remaining beet pulp is pelletized for animal feed.

Fire and explosion prevention for sugar beet processing

GreCon spark detection and extinguishing system significantly increases the safety of sugar beet processing. It detects sparks from dryers, hammer mills, conveying systems, silos, pellet press, pellet coolers and other production processes and automatically extinguishes or diverts them before they reach downstream process equipment or filters — and these systems have done so successfully for more than 35 years in over 200,000 installations worldwide.

We continually strive to make industry a safer place to work. GreCon spark detection and extinguishing systems play an important part in making your workplace safer, maintain production up-time, minimize equipment damage, reduce insurance premiums and help meet NFPA standards and OSHA regulations.

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Sugar beet process diagram showing possible protection areas
Sugar beet drying and pelletizing process diagram showing possible protection areas.