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2017 Master Brewers Conference
6. Layout of a standard brewing process data management

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

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

World Class Manufacturing
Thursday, October 12
9:45–11:00 a.m.
Imperial Salon B

A major challenge for every brewery is the collection of data out of their production used for process evaluation and production decisions in a reliable and easy way. There are two major obstacles to bringing the data together and creating valid information out of it: 1) often the data is collected in different systems but needs to be brought together in a combined way to serve as a basis for the decision process, and 2) the data to be recorded is usually not defined enough to make it possible for suppliers to provide it in a standardized way. This makes it tedious to supply reports and usually requires a large effort to present production data in a useful and comprehensive way. This work shows a new approach to this topic. Data to be collected in a certain stage of the brewing process gets predefined and with that is standardized in various ways according to what data is collected, when it is collected (process stage, frequency), the context the data needs for evaluation, and definitions for collecting: formulas, name, unit, etc. This set of data being recorded in a standardized way allows the creation of a set of standard reports that can be implemented at a brewery in an easy and cost-effective way. Specific requests every brewery might have for their products and needs can be built on top of this. This will dramatically reduce the time needed and with that the costs of the implementation of useful process data management for a brewery.

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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