What CPO processing capacity do I need?
BTMA CPO Mills can be supplied in, or upgraded to, the following capacities - 1.0, 2.0, 3.0,4.0and 5.0 tonnes per hour FFB throughput.
Our mills are designed to have a capacity tolerance of plus 20%, so actual throughput may be greater than nameplate or nominal capacity.
CPO Mill Capacity is usually sized to accommodate the peak season FFB supply working up to 3 shifts. FFB should be harvested when optimally ripe, and can only be stored for a few days. Under-ripe fruit will adversely affect oil yields; and over-ripe fruit will have an unacceptably high FFA content. This restricts flexibility for scheduling CPO Mill production.
The maximum monthly throughput hours for a CPO Mill operating at full capacity on 3 shifts will be around 650 hours after allowing for 12.5% of operations time for routine cleaning and maintenance. So, by way of examples:
• if the peak month FFB supply is 15% of the total annual supply, the maximum annual throughput will be around 4,300 tonnes (or 650/0.15) per tonne per hour FFB throughput capacity, without wastage in the peak month(s); and
• if the peak month FFB supply is 10% of the total annual supply, the maximum annual throughput will be around 6,500 tonnes (or 650/0.10) per tonne per hour FFB throughput capacity, without wastage in the peak month(s).
You may get a better return on capital employed by under-sizing the mill. The trade-off is between high utilisation and peak-month(s) FFB wastage.