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Reliable fluid technology for modern brewing systems – from the smallest to large breweries

From the up-and-coming craft beer brewery to the large industrial brewery: The automation and digitisation of brewing processes are the decisive parameters for competitiveness and future viability. With an experienced and far-sighted partner for digital control and measurement technology, you can also set yourself up for Brewery 4.0.

 

The consistent, individual taste in beer production is just as sensitive as food hygiene and food conformity. This requires a high level of precision in the measurement and control of all liquids of the various gases and vapour throughout the brewing process.

As one of the leading companies in the automation and digitisation of fluid processes for brewing plants, Bürkert offers not only single components such as process valves, but also integrated solutions such as the fully automated wort aeration system, which prevents rejects and achieves reliable aeration. From fermentation in the brewery and storage to filling – with the Bürkert portfolio you can optimise all the important parameters. Numerous breweries cooperate with Bürkert due to our extensive industry expertise and our individual, needs-based solutions.

Increase in efficiency

Maximum process control thanks to intelligent automation as well as minimum energy consumption through the use of precise control valves to control the temperature in the cooling circuit and more efficient use of resources in CIP/SIP applications thanks to reduced chemical and water consumption.

Everything from a single source

From the complete control circuit, in which we combine actuators and sensors, to the turnkey system or control cabinet solution – we offer a broad portfolio and the ability to combine it.

Precise processes

By using suitable measurement and control technology, we enable seamless monitoring and reliable control of specific parameters for long-lasting and repeatable processes that ensure consistent taste.

Process optimisation in the brewery with Bürkert

Water treatment
The requirement: Ensure optimum water quality – suitable for the recipe.
The Bürkert solution: Process automation and monitoring – from water blending to continuous water analysis.
Fermentation
The requirement: Precise temperature control and ensuring optimum fermentation conditions.
The Bürkert solution: Intelligently networked process valves constantly control and regulate the cooling medium and reliably transport the product in the fermentation process.
Process automation
The requirement: Flexibly implementable automation solutions to increase process stability and increase product quality.
The Bürkert solution: Bürkert is the only provider with a comprehensive portfolio for the implementation of decentralised and distributed automation concepts – and can therefore provide neutral advice.
Filling
The requirement: Fast, repeatable filling of the beer.
The Bürkert solution: Flow meter FLOWave with integrated batch controller in combination with filling valves – including precise pressure control in the supply tank.
CIP
The requirement: Process reliability and process efficiency.
The Bürkert solution: The sensors for conductivity measurement, FLOWave and the appropriate valves ensure process reliability and hygienic measurements. Process efficiency is ensured, for example, by media changes that are recognised quickly.
CIP in filling
The requirement: Process reliability and process efficiency.
The Bürkert solution: The sensors for conductivity measurement, FLOWave and the appropriate valves ensure process reliability and hygienic measurements. Process efficiency is ensured, for example, by media changes that are recognised quickly.
Brewery
The requirement: Reliable control of all process steps.
The Bürkert solution: Any temperature control within the brewery from brewing water to wort cooling and wort aeration – with Bürkert you can optimise and control all relevant process steps in the brewery.
Storage
The requirement: Carbonation and blending of beer mixes after storage.
The Bürkert solution: The Bürkert solution: Mass Flow Controller for precise control of the CO2 content and optimum mixing ratios thanks to the flow meter FLOWave.
Linearisation of control valve characteristicsLinearisation of control valve characteristics

There are a variety of valve types with different advantages and disadvantages for process control. Angle seat valves are cost-efficient and have a high flow capacity. Diaphragm valves are hygienic and minimise dead space. However, the S-shaped valve characteristic of both types means that the desired gain is only achieved in a relatively small stroke range. Their use is therefore limited. This white paper describes possibilities for linearising S-shaped valve characteristics in order to achieve a characteristic curve that is as linear as possible. This allows the control range of diaphragm and angle seat valves to be increased and process control to be significantly accelerated.

Up to

66%

less loss of product due to accurate recognition of media changes with FLOWave Type 8098.

 

Up to

30%

costs saved on cabling, laying pipes and engineering, thanks to decentralised automation and digital communication instead of central automation and analogue wiring.

Up to

88%

time saved when exchanging an intelligence IO-Link device, compared to analogue technology and 4-20 mA wiring.

Bürkert Systemhaus – always open for the fluid technology requirements of breweries

Digital fluid systems and measurement techniques for breweries are complex and time-consuming. Use the know-how of our fluid control specialists to act more efficiently. We listen, analyse and develop future-oriented products and systems until they are ready for series production. You and your projects are always welcome in the Systemhaus – on site, by telephone or virtually.

  • Ideas manufacturing

    Experienced consultants, qualified industry specialists and dedicated engineers work directly with you to develop a solution for your requirements for digital processes, automation solutions and digital control and measurement technology for breweries. Thanks to our network of five Systemhaus locations in Germany, China and the US, you can rely on flexible and efficient project management – from the initial idea to the implementation of solutions for the brewing industry.

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Measuring, controlling, regulating - our highlights for breweries

Type 8098

FLOWave SAW flowmeter

Type 8098
  • No obstacles inside the measuring tube, compact, lightweight and low energy consumption
  • Conforms to hygienic requirements, CIP/SIP compatible
  • Ideal for liquids with low or no conductivity
  • Digital communication, parameterisation via Communicator, display
  • Optional: ATEX/IECEx certification, II 3G/D

Type 8681

Control head for decentralized automation of hygienic process valves

Type 8681
  • Universal attachment for hygienic process valves
  • Contactless position measurement system with 3 switching points (Teach-In function)
  • Coloured status display
  • Manual override operative with closed housing
  • AS-Interface, IO-Link, büS/CANopen

Type 8802

ELEMENT continuous control valve systems - overview

Type 8802
  • Integrated automation with leading technology
  • High service life and maintenance-free operation
  • Excellent control characteristics, especially for angle seat and globe valve

 

From practice: Fluid solutions for breweries

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