Harnessing Digital Microwave Technology for Measurement of Pumped Slurries

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In the complex world of industrial processing, the accurate measurement of pumped slurries is of utmost importance. There are various technologies available for the measurement of slurries but one of the more unique and innovative technologies uses advanced digital microwaves as its analysis technique. One such instrument that employs this technology to its full potential is the Inmec Model P flow-through digital microwave analyser. This device is a game-changer in the industry, offering unparalleled precision and reliability in the measurement of pumped slurries.



Flow-Through Digital Microwave Analyser

The Inmec Model P is a state-of-the-art instrument specifically designed to measure total solids in pumped slurries. The design incorporates a flow thru cell allowing the material to pass through the analyser. It employs advanced digital microwave technology to provide accurate and reliable measurements of the concentration and then provides the user with real time data and with a variety of communications options can connect with plant equipment for closed loop process control. This innovative device is a product of Inmec Instruments of Finland, a company committed to delivering sensors that fulfill the highest industrial standards equipped with the latest and most efficient technology.


The Working Principle

The sensors operate by emitting microwaves through the slurry at resonant frequencies. These microwaves interact with the solids present in the slurry, causing changes in the microwave signal, these finite changes are then processed by the systems on board electronics. The device then precisely measures these changes in real time and once processed provides the user with the total solids content of the slurry. This unique method of measurement ensures high accuracy, reliability, and stability over time, and the system can be applied in a wide variety of industrial applications.


Broad Spectrum of Measuring Applications

The versatility of the technology is one of its standout features. It is capable of handling a wide range of applications, making it a valuable asset in numerous industries. Whether the task at hand involves measuring dissolved solids or suspended solids, this device is up to the challenge. Its wide measuring range and stability make it suitable even for the most demanding industrial applications. Let’s have a deeper look into the uses of this technology.


Measurement of Milk of Lime

Milk of Lime is a critical component in many industrial processes including sugar, wastewater, mining, and minerals. Its accurate measurement is crucial for operational efficiency and cost savings. The capability of accurately measuring Milk of Lime, ensures that the right amount is used in various processes. This leads to efficient operations and significant cost savings.


Organic Slurries

Organic slurries are also part of many industrial processes and the solids concentration in these slurries is a critical parameter for the downstream process. This is particularly beneficial in the wastewater treatment industry, where accurate measurements are crucial for effective treatment. The ability to accurately measure organic slurries ensures that wastewater treatment processes are efficient and effective, leading to significant environmental benefits.


Mineral Slurries

Mineral slurries, such as Kaolin, Talc, and Calcium carbonate, can be accurately measured using the same microwave resonance technology. This is particularly beneficial in industries where precise measurements are essential for optimal operations. Typically these mining slurries need to be accurately controlled so downstream processing can be more efficient with less waste product, this is particularly important where high value materials are being mined. Proper control of the concentration at the slurry stage tends to lead to a higher quality material at the end of the process.


Sugar Field Soil

Determining the soil’s health and suitability for sugar cane cultivation is a very important parameter to the industry. By accurately measuring the total solids in sugar field soil, farmers can make informed decisions about their cultivation practices, leading to improved crop yields and profitability. Microwave technology can assist sugar producers in this area by analysing soil samples in real time. Samples are usually taken in a grid pattern across the cane field then presented to the analyser for testing.


Sugar Syrup and Molasses

In the sugar industry, microwave technology can be used to measure the total solids in sugar syrup that can be measured at various parts of the sugar process from post crushing all the way to the crystallisation, centrifuges and vacuum pans. Molasses which is a by-product of the sugar process can also be analysed using the same technology. Molasses is usually very thick and sticky and making an accurate analysis with other technologies can be challenging. The ability to accurately measure the total solids in sugar syrup and molasses is crucial for the production of high-quality sugar products.


Advantages of Using the Microwave technology

Digital Microwave Technology offers several advantages. It provides accurate measurements, is versatile, and can handle a wide range of applications. Furthermore, it’s easy to use and requires minimal maintenance. Delivering top-of-the-line products is at the heart of the Inmec brand. Inmec sensors can also be remotely commissioned and come with a user-friendly operator interface, and a 24/7 monitoring service available to give peace of mind to the user with full after sales support available in Australia through JW Industrial Instruments Pty Ltd.

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