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Syrup Concentration Monitor 971-C

Syrup concentration monitor - click to enlarge The Syrup Concentration Monitor Model 971-C is designed to measure syrup concentration up to 95% in tanks or pipelines. The instrument operates under pressure or vacuum and is unaffected by direction or velocity of syrup flow. The probe can be installed directly in equipment at a favorable point to minimize measurement lag, improve control of concentration and eliminate troublesome sample withdrawal problems.

The Model 971-C uses the same measuring probe as our Model 970-C, which has long been used to measure massecuite consistency in vacuum pans. A small shunt-type DC motor rotates the 971-C's larger 3" rotor at approximately 1500RPM. The instrument measures viscous drag from changes in armature current, then amplifies and linearizes the current to actuate the indicating meter and the transmitter output signal.

Temperature has quite an effect on most syrup properties and viscosity is no exception. In the 45% to 95% range, it is about 0.25 Brix/oC. In factory processing operations, temperatures are generally quite constant and infrequent manual adjustment by means of a calibrated dial on the monitor is adequate. However, automatic compensation for wide variations in temperature can be supplied in the form of a thermal element mounted in the syrup near the viscosity probe and electrically connected to the 971-C monitor.

Viscosity is a syrup property rarely used industrially for determining solids content, primarily because it is such a non-linear relationship. But the 971-C takes advantage of a unique principle used in our Model 970-C -- the probe gives an output that varies as the logarithm of viscosity over a range in excess of 100 to 1. The 971-C extracts a second logarithmic function to produce the linear concentration scale.

Viscosity has several advantages over other methods of measuring syrup concentration. To eliminate excessive errors, density methods require that material is thoroughly de-aerated before measurement. This can create intolerable time lag in control circuits. By contrast, the Model 971-C is hardly affected by the presence of entrained air bubbles and the high peripheral velocity of its rotor discourages scale accumulation.

The 971-C is only sensitive to a relatively thin syrup film in contact with the disc and is not affected by the direction or velocity of flow past it. In stagnant syrups, its rotation provides considerable agitation to mix stratified streams as found in syrups leaving evaporator bodies. Thus, it can be installed directly under an evaporator body and provide good average readings even under very low flow conditions with minimum measurement lag.

For more details, please download the appropriate installation manual:

971-C Installation Manual - 24V motor (current model, serial #1027 and higher)

971-C Installation Manual - 130V motor (older model, serial #1026 and lower)