Tata Chemicals (India): SureSense
Tata wanted to improve the process effectiveness and to achieve cost savings on the use of antifoam. Through their Indian agents Pune Techtrol, Hycontrol supplied Tata Chemicals with the SureSense foam control system. This unique system consists of a special probe built using patented IMA technology along with a control unit to automate the process of antifoam addition.
The probe was installed on the fermenter using an adjustable process fitting. The SureSense detects foam immediately when it forms and makes contact with the probe. Upon detecting this signal, the control unit starts a dosing pump to add antifoam to the fermenter. As soon as the foam subsides and probe no longer detects contact with it, the controller deactivates the antifoam pump.