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2017 Master Brewers Conference
34. Process optimization by integration of utility plant into the process control system architecture

Martin Lutz, ProLeiT, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

Coauthor(s): Heinrich Junker, ProLeiT, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.

Friday, October 13
10:00–11:15 a.m.

In the brewing industry, interdivisional control systems for various production units are increasingly becoming the standard solution. In contrast to centrally controlled brewing processes, the majority of auxiliary plants, such as energy, water, or steam, continue to operate as self-contained units. However, merging these independent control systems within a comprehensive visualization system offers an array of advantages. On the one hand, it enables the extensive monitoring of auxiliary plants, allowing operators to detect any deviations from standard operating procedures more reliably and to remedy critical situations faster or to prevent them completely. Monitoring, analyzing, and then reporting deviations to the right person at the right time and in the right context is indispensable for successfully controlling production plants. And on the other hand, a comprehensive visualization system enables the extensive analysis of the respective plant—ranging from consumption rates to all events. The resulting level of data provides the ideal platform for plantwide information management and a transparent production process. Using a number of examples, ProLeiT demonstrates possible integration in an interdivisional control system and the respective benefits plant operators can expect in terms of optimizing their production process.

Martin Lutz is CEO of the U.S. operations of ProLeiT in their Chicago office. He has a long-term professional dedication to the brewing industry extending more than 30 years. Starting with an apprenticeship as a brewer and maltster, he then studied as a brewing engineer at Weihenstephan University in Munich, Germany. There he also did his Ph.D. work in the field of soft-processing of wort. He joined ProLeiT in their business field of brewery automation and manufacturing process execution in 1998 as a project manager. After positions in project management and head of the Department of Brewing Automation with worldwide projects in brewing process automation he moved in 2015 into his current responsibilities in the United States.

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