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Sucroliq's Irapuato plant. Sucroliq's fully automated plant.

Sugar plant first to automate 100% of its processes

Sucroliq's Guanajuato factory produces 150,000 liters of liquid sugar a day

The first and only fully-automated sugar processing plant in the world is up and running in Irapuato, Guanajuato.

By implementing automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies created by the German company Siemens, the Mexican firm Sucroliq is able to produce 150,000 liters of liquid sugar per day at the plant which opened last fall.

A leader in the domestic sugar industry, the Irapuato Sucroliq plant is located inside an industrial park run by Danone, which is considered to be one of the French multinational food products corporation’s most efficient in the world.

“[Automation technologies] installed by Siemens offer levels of efficiency and process control that no other sugar plant in the country has,” said Sucroliq president Enrique Bojórquez Valenzuela. “It is the most modern of its type in the world, with the highest levels of automatization and control of all of its process areas.”

The plant’s processes are so streamlined, he continued, that its 10 areas can be monitored from a smartphone.

Sucroliq went with full automation because the food industry “demands the highest quality standards.” Liquid sugar processed in the Irapuato plant is sent directly to the production line of companies like Danone.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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