With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients.
One such product that Dryden has developed is a self-optimising and more operator-friendly control panel – under the umbrella term Optiflame. The plan is to imbed this optimisation in their current control solution and provide it as standard within the next two months.
The new fuel efficient Optiflame control system will help local companies in the food and beverage industry to compete globally.
This technology will be self-regulatory and will not rely as heavily on human management because of its advanced system, which includes the ability to be modularly activated and deactivated using a password-protected selector button, called auto-tune, on the boiler control display.
The new artificial machine system can help to bring down inflation, allowing for potential growth in the food and beverage industry, says Dryden Combustion systems integration manager Jaco Liebenberg.
“Clients will enjoy improved fuel efficiency, which will allow cheaper food production, and these savings can be passed through to the consumers,” he adds.
Liebenberg explains that the advanced systems the company provides, save between 8% and 20% fuel – depending on the plant – compared with standard electromechanical systems.
Dryden optimisation and control systems enable a stable temperature generated by controlling the pressure. This enables food and beverage companies to have more sanitised cooking pots and bins thereby avoiding any contamination in their products.
“The optimisation and control systems are locally manufactured and are continuously being improved in their functionality and efficiency,” says Liebenberg.
Further, the company is assisting companies, such as large brewery and bottling company South African Breweries, food and beverages group Clover and local producer and distributor of branded food and beverage products Pioneer Foods, in achieving better efficiency and less downtime by supplying them with reconditioned boilers with the latest optimisation and control systems.
For multiple sites of Pioneer and other food and beverage suppliers, the entire steam generation responsibility is outsourced to EP Dryden Combustion, allowing the client to focus on their business with experts ensuring stable and reliable steam supply, including maintenance and operational compliance.