Sugar cane and sugar beets

Pumps for sugar production and starch production

KSB offers all pumps and valves required for this sector – for both core and auxiliary processes.

Thanks to many years spent developing expertise in products and processes, KSB is on hand to offer the right pumps and valves for every step of the sugar and starch production process.

From beets to finished sugar: KSB offers pumps and valves for sugar production

Sugar production begins with the sugar beet harvest – it usually starts in mid-September and lasts 80 to 110 days. During this period, production needs to run as smoothly as possible so as not to bring the entire sugar production process to a standstill. And in case of a failure, service and spare parts must be available promptly.

Sugar production comprises a wide range of different fluid handling processes including pumping the cossette/juice mixture to the extraction tower and transporting sugar crystals dissolved in water. These complex processes require individual system solutions, and above all advanced products featuring optimised technology.

Many KSB components can be specifically adapted to meet the requirements of these applications. The KWP volute casing pump for example can be selected in special materials suited to handling abrasive media such as milk of lime, filter sludge or contaminated wash water. KSB also provides mechanical seals (including supply systems) specially designed and manufactured in-house for use with the KWP and other type series including Etanorm and MCKP.

KSB can thus offer the right pumps and valves for every aspect of sugar production – from beet washing to extraction and crystallisation.

Sugar beet juice and crystalline sugar

From sugar beet juice to crystalline sugar: KSB offers solutions for every stage of production.

Whether for food or industrial applications: KSB offers high-performance pumps and valves for starch production.

Depending on region and climate, starch can be obtained from corn, potatoes, wheat, peas or even cassava. But no matter which plant serves as the raw material, KSB offers the right solution for every starch production application – a major plus for OEMs offering multiple systems for different starting materials.

Starch production is a global growth market. The market is not limited to hygienic starch production for the food industry: Other large-scale applications requiring so-called technical starch range from building material and cardboard production to the textile industry, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

KSB’s advantage: As a full-range supplier, it has the right products and service solutions for all applications and every stage of production.

KSB provides all of the products and services you need from a single source

At KSB, years of expertise in products and processes are combined with a broad range of products and services. The result: KSB supplies not only all pumps and valves required for core processes, but also those for peripheral systems, i.e. the auxiliary processes in sugar and starch production.

Many components can be specifically adapted to individual requirements – for example, the KWP volute casing pump is available in multiple material variants for use in core processes involving abrasive media such as milk of lime, filter sludge or contaminated wash water. In addition, KSB mechanical seals specially matched to application and pump type ensure long service lives.

These benefits are rounded off by KSB’s global service network. Here, more than 3000 specialists in over 170 service centres are available at short notice for maintenance, servicing and repairs.

Our portfolio

KSB offers a range of products for fluid handling in different process areas including:

  • Fresh and waste water for beet washing and sugar cane processing
  • Pumping of cossette/juice mixture in cossette production 
  • Transport of raw juice during juice extraction 
  • Transport of abrasive milk of lime during juice purification
  • Thick and thin juice production
  • Crystallisation in the sugar factory
  • Refining sugar

Examples of fluids to be transported:

  • Sugar production from beet & sugar cane
  • Thick juice, thin juice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Refined sugar
  • Sugar syrup
  • Process water
  • Feed water
  • Service water
  • Starch milk
  • Starch sludge
  • Starch suspension
  • Process water
  • Alcohols
  • CIP lyes, acids
  • Waste water

Your benefits

  • Reliable and durable products
  • Customer-focused, demand-oriented products
  • From raw material processing and extraction to starch concentration – all products from one source
  • Application-specific impeller designs (closed, open, semi-open) offering the best possible solution
  • Digital solutions for monitoring pumps and ensuring availability
  • Service network available worldwide
  • KSB’s in-house mechanical seals, optimally matched to pump and application
  • Proprietary materials (Noridur, Norihard, etc.) for challenging processes involving solids-laden fluids
  • Many years of experience and expert knowledge
Illustration of the phases of a product life cycle: Consultation and analysis, commissioning, operation and repair

Service at KSB SupremeServ means being fully looked after

KSB SupremeServ offers you a comprehensive range of services and spare parts for pumps, valves and other equipment – including for products from other manufacturers – from face-to-face consultation to installation, commissioning, maintenance and repair. More than 3500 specialists in over 190 service centres worldwide are available around the clock, seven days a week. Concentrate on your core business – and let us take care of the rest.

Energy efficiency consulting (Fluid Future) for pumps and valves

Energy Efficiency Consulting

Optimise your system’s energy efficiency in four steps using FluidFuture®. KSB’s systematic approach ensures maximum energy savings.

  • Systematic analysis
  • Clear recommendations for action