Small Milling Research Program enhances collaboration between millers and researchers

Date Posted

27 May, 2019

Posted by

Cathy Weis

Sugar Research Australia (SRA) has announced new investment in the Small Milling Research Program, which will see a range of milling companies partner with research organisations to undertake projects that benefit the Australian sugarcane industry.

This is the second year of the program and it was developed as a way for SRA to invest in relatively small research projects that develop a product, service, or process that would solve targeted problems in sugar mills and deliver tangible outputs with almost immediate outcomes.

SRA CEO Mr Neil Fisher said that SRA was investing in four new projects in 2019. The project investment is:

  • Evaluate the performance of the falling film tube evaporator at Bingera Mill (Bundaberg Sugar / QUT)
  • Evaluate the suitability of the fixed element crystalliser for widespread adoption in Australian sugar factories (Sunshine Sugar / QUT)
  • Addressing operational and maintenance issues with cleated belt intermediate (Wilmar / QUT)
  • Reducing surging in shredders (MSF Sugar / QUT / Wilmar)

Mr Fisher said that the SMRP projects would deliver lower-cost, short-term, industry-identified and industry-led research.

“The SRA Board has undertaken this initiative to allow SRA to work on priority areas of research that align with the needs of our Milling Members. The investment is included in our current total investment in our Key Focus Area (KFA) of Milling Efficiency and Technology,” he said.

“Now in its second year, the scheme continues to improve and is strengthening collaboration between industry and research through the direct involvement of the milling sector in SMRPs. It is also increasing research skills and capability in sugar mills.”

Existing 2018 SMRP projects are currently being concluded and outcomes from these projects will be communicated to the industry from SRA.

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