Craft breweries are growing in popularity worldwide and showing exponential growth in their first few years of operation.
While these breweries are traditionally independent startup companies with a limited budget, the challenge is to access benchmark technologies that are usually perceived as being available for large manufacturers. These are technologies that automate, control and optimize production to get on the journey to Industry 4.0. These are the solutions that ensure a consistent quality.
Australian OEM, DEACAM, together with Siemens Australia, developed a new application called Fermecraft to handle and visualize crucial brewery data.
Fermecraft – using the latest Siemens technology, including MindSphere – digitalizes temperature data and captures it in our cloud-based platform. At Kaiju Brewery, the Siemens operator interface, Programmable Logic Controller and MindSphere solutions are working together successfully to control the fermentation vessel temperature by implementing chiller control. This makes production improvements faster and decision making easier – ultimately leading to improved and consistent quality. Through this new solution, microbreweries can now correctly capture variables, establish scalable technology, collect and analyze data efficiently and ensure ongoing improvement of processes and automation.