In just a few short months, farmers here in New England will gear up for one of the most important seasons of the year – Maple Syrup making! Perhaps one of the most favored products to come out of the region, maple syrup is treasured by many as a sweet and delicious topping for everything from pancakes to ice cream and a number of other dishes.
In 2017, a reported 4.3 million gallons of maple syrup was produced I the United States with Vermont and New Hampshire both contributing a large part to that count. This year is expected to be great for sugaring as well.
If you’re looking for a solution to assist with your maple syrup production, let SMD Fluid Controls help!
Keep reading to learn how.
The steps involved to collect and then process syrup require special skills, tools and know how. Constant changes and improvements to the processes involved have occurred over the years to ease the time required to create maple syrup. Still, the key focus remains to produce a maple syrup with a sweet and distinct flavor. To do so, temperature and storage play a critical role.
PUMP WITH SPEED & ACCURACY
First things first, to convert the maple sap coming out of a tree into syrup, it needs to be collected from the tree. Buckets with a tap that’s driven into the tree and a spout are hung on the trunks as sap slowly spills in. Once a sufficient amount is collected, it’s then taken for a water removal process known as “evaporation.”
SWITCH ACTIVATION / OVERFLOW MONITORING
In the production process, it’s easy for the foam to be formed or sugars to burn if sap levels are too low and these occurrences could ruin a lot of syrup in a short period of time. For this reason, carefully monitoring liquid levels is critical to keep batches in top condition.
In this example, an ultrasonic liquid level sensor could work inside of a collection vessel to not only help monitor the levels at which the buckets are filling up but do so without needing to touch the contents inside for hygienic reasons.
Just imagine the time saved versus having to walk the property tree by tree to check on the status of that sap collection?
MAINTAIN PROPER BOILING TEMPS
To create syrup out of sap, water must be removed from it. This is done by boiling it to a specific temperature for a designated period of time and is key in producing a high-quality syrup product.
Even the bottling of the syrup should be done at a certain temperature.
Take the guesswork out of the equation here with float switches and level sensors incorporating RTD’s, thermocouples, or thermostatic devices that work to maintain appropriate temperatures and ensure storage and capping of liquids is happening properly.
A float switch could also be used to monitor liquid levels and activate a pump or sound an alarm if necessary to prevent overflow or production damages.
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