Christopher Columbus Ingenio
The current milling capacity of the Ingenio Cristóbal Colón is 8,500MTs per day, featuring a production capacity of 900 MTs of sugar per day. The boiling house machinery includes pre-boilers, evaporators, containers, crystallizers, filters and centrifuges.
The mill features five tandem CSC mills, of 84 x 42 inches each, Australian technology, and two boilers with a nominal capacity for 250,000 pounds of steam per hour.
Also featured in-house, a juice clarifier, designed by Fletcher Smith and built by Metaldom. Also, two vertical crystallizers with a 16,000 cubic feet capacity, designed and developed by Silver Weibull.
During the present 2015-2016 harvest, a continuous 200 cubic meter container was made operational, alongside new centrifuges, sugar conducers for bagasse, and a new sugar weighing system. Also, the cachaza filtering system was expanded.
The sugar warehouse hosts a 50,000MT storage capacity. Also tank for storing honey, with a joint capacity for four million gallons, and a honey terminal set in the San Pedro de Macorís dock, featuring an additional 2million gallon capacity. The produced molasses, asides exported, is also sold to a spirits production factory, and to local livestock farmers.
The CAEI Sugar Industries Consortium uses biometric technology for contracting, attendance registry and payment of all field workers.
The equipment used on-site for biometric validation is a handheld computer which features an additional print reading device. It features software which synchronizes fingerprints and matches the worker information with the company servers.
The handheld also registers all work done by a cutter or field worker, whom daily receive a proof of all performed tasks, given this equipment also features a ticket printer.
Meanwhile for hiring and biometric validation at the offices and for payment process purposes, a PC is used, connected to a fingerprint scanner device.
The system features software which interacts with all biometric validation mobile equipments (handhelds), in a way that all new contracting processes are loaded to mobile equipments in order to be used in the field.
The setup steam-based generation capacity is 13.5MW, of which the mill consumes 7MW, aimed at the daily business operations, and to the community housing area, located within the factory surroundings.
The Ingenio Cristóbal Colón features a quality control production laboratory, which controls the quality of all inputs and sugar cane used in all processes.
The plant also features a modern entomology laboratory, in which the Cotesia Flavipes wasp is being grown, a bio-control method used against the Diatraea Saccharalis plague, an insect which specifically affects sugar cane plants.
In the CAEI Sugar Industries Consortium, transporting the sugar cane from the fields to the factory is done by railroad, trucks and tractors.
The entire process for soil preparation has been mechanized, as also fertilization, herbicide application and weeding.
The harvest is mechanized by 40%, featuring cutting-edge 3520 Sugar Cane Harvesters. The goal is that by 2020, 70% of the sugar cane that enters the mill is harvested mechanically and while still green.
Irrigation & Drainage
The CAEI Consortium set in motion an ambitious irrigation and drainage program which seeks to eliminate excess water from the sugar cane fields during rainy season and irrigate it during drought season, in order to maintain the necessary balance in order to increase sugar cane production per acre, and a greater sugar concentration in all the plantations.
The projected goals set to attain through this project are ambitious: increase from 45 to 110 tons of sugar cane per acre (TCH), and increase the yield from 9.98 to 10.6% by 2017, and increase it to 11% by 2020, this of course depending that the ideal balance is maintained year-round.
CAEI uses the traditional inland cane varieties, and in recent years it has implemented an extensive varieties improvement program, thanks to assistance provided by the Research Station of the Barbados Ministry of Agriculture, one of the oldest in the world, and of which the consortium is member.