Brewing industry to benefit from new automation solution crafted by ABB’s brewmaster for brewmasters

Brewing industry to benefit from new automation solution crafted by ABB’s brewmaster for brewmasters

  • Brewery-specific ABB Ability™ BeerMaker intelligent process control solution will support safety and quality improvements, boost productivity and raise operational efficiency
  • Connectivity of plant processes will enable sustainable water and energy usage and drive effective digitalization in breweries
  • Brewing teams will be empowered to take better decisions at the right time using modern interfaces and intuitive insights

ABB has launched its ABB Ability™ BeerMaker intelligent process control solution to further support breweries in their operational efficiency through digital transformation. ABB’s brewmaster, who has the notable achievement of qualifications from Technical University of Munich in Weihenstephan, devised the new package alongside a team with deep process knowhow.

It will benefit beermakers seeking to optimize their processes, reduce their impacts on water and energy resources and meet consumer demand for more sustainably crafted drinks. The new solution is based on the ABB Ability™ System 800xA® distributed control system and will help brewers improve process quality, achieve high engineering and operator efficiency, enhance safety and boost plant productivity. It has been made available to ABB’s end customers and channel partners.

As part of its launch, ABB Ability BeerMaker will be presented at this year’s drinktec, the world’s leading beverage and liquid food trade fair, held in Munich from September 12 to 16. The timing of the event coincides with the city’s Oktoberfest, which returns after a two-year break due to COVID-19 and runs from September 17 to October 3.

The process automation solution comprises a technological package including a control system with batch functionality following the worldwide S88 standard and a digital twin to simulate new recipes. Crafted and tested with brewing knowledge from ABB’s brewmaster, it can be adapted for each customer using a variety of parameters.

  • ABB is introducing the ABB Ability™ BeerMaker intelligent process control solution
  • How the brewery control room setup can look
  • Brewing screens on an ABB Extended Operator Workplace (EOW)

Ready-made and tested templates and objects bring a high level of automation and intelligence of plant functions into operators’ hands. There is a prepared inventory for queue handling, diagnostics and comprehensive cleaning in place (CIP) support.

Designed to meet the industry’s need for intuitive, visual solutions, BeerMaker will help to empower operators to manage their preferred operating procedures and have freedom to use the package on computers, tablet or mobile devices. Teams can gain greater process certainty by testing on a real-time digital twin, a complete and operational representation of the control system and a powerful tool for companies deciding on a new strategy to easily simulate new recipes.

Additional digital solutions based on ABB Ability™ Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) have the capabilities to identify energy consumption, beer or extract losses and provide reporting functions and dashboard visualization. These include the ABB Ability™ BatchInsight concept, which can use big data analytics to identify process anomalies at the earliest stages. Operators and customer brewmasters will benefit from making decisions in real time to further improves processes, quality and productivity.

“Our new solution is from our own ABB brewmaster for brewmasters and truly has domain-specific knowledge embedded as well as ABB’s expertise from years in this field,” said Marcello Gulinelli, Global Head of Food and Beverage, Process Automation, ABB.

“We’re confident it is a technological package that is ready for advanced and digital solutions,” said Gernut van Laak, Brewmaster and Global Food and Beverage Solution Manager, ABB. “It can be applied within a customer’s installed base to enhance efficiencies and help reach sustainability targets.”

“We are using the full breadth of our automation and control system platform and connect the whole factory, including shop floor operations, simulation, digital and control room solutions, with less engineering and always with the possibility for expansion. We’re looking forward to further work with brewing customers to optimize to their plant specifics.”

Breweries will experience intuitive controls and high-performance human-machine interfacing, fast detection and resolution of process disturbances, consistent alarm messages, report management and standard operating procedures (SOPs), while engineers will benefit from a structured application design with process technology functions, and powerful pre-testing with built-in simulation.

ABB Ability System 800xA has helped the global technology leader to remain the #1 distributed control system market leader for 22 years as ranked by the ARC Advisory Group.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com

ABB’s Process Automation business is a leader in automation, electrification and digitalization for the process and hybrid industries. We serve our customers with a broad portfolio of products, systems, and end-to-end solutions, including our # 1 distributed control system, software, and lifecycle services, industry-specific products as well as measurement and analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. As the global #2 in the market, we build on our deep domain expertise, diverse team and global footprint, and are dedicated to helping our customers increase competitiveness, improve their return on investment and run safe, smart, and sustainable operations. go.abb/processautomation

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