Inulin produced with help of Valmet DNA
The Sensus company, located in Roosendaal, Netherlands, is part of the Royal Cosun group, an international developer, manufacturer and supplier of natural food ingredients. At the Roosendaal factory, inulin is produced from chicory roots, and the process is run with Valmet’s solution.
Valmet DNA is a modern und user-friendly system that has an integrated information management system. This combination offers high process reliability and controllability with seamless communication between various functions. At Sensus, the reliability of the process leads to a secure continuation of the business.
Valmet DNA has a Trend and Event Archive, which shows trends with alarms. Jaco gives his assurance: “If we ever have any problems in the process, we just have to look at the Trend and Event Archive to access the history data. From there, we have enough information to dig into the events and learn from those. Further, we can find out the reasons for the failures and find out whether it was a software problem or a human error so that we can avoid those in the future. This feature is used often by our process engineer and the operators, because Valmet DNA allows us to see more from the process.”
A good five-year plan
Today, the automation upgrades have been executed in a more systematic way. “The maintenance manager is involved in the planning process. We make a five-year plan together with Valmet. For instance, now 90% of the work is executed from our earlier plan. Additionally, a preliminary plan for the next six to ten years can be made,” says Jaco.
It reduces operating and maintenance costs when all actions are planned ahead and are kept on time and on budget.