Performance evaluation of automating the sterilisation process in a palm oil mill
by Sivasothy Kandiah, Masitah Hasan, Mashkuri Yaacob
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology (IJCAT), Vol. 5, No. 1, 1992

Abstract: Sterilisation is the first step in the processing of oil palm fruit bunches. The current practice is carried out by a series of valve movements for deaeration, followed by steaming with intermediate blow-offs. Since there would be a number of sterilisers in a palm oil mill, proper sequencing of valve movements is essential to ensure steam requirements are sufficiently met for proper sterilisation. This paper is a development for the control of the sterilisation process based on the use of a personal computer and a programmable logic controller. Evaluations were made in one of the local palm oil mills in Malaysia, based on the number of unstripped bunches. The developed system improved the capability of monitoring the process.

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