Colorado State University has opened a new hands-on brewing lab and industry showcase, a part of its state-of-the-art Fermentation Science and Technology program, that will give students practical experience for careers in the brewing and fermentation industries. Malisko Engineering, a Solution Partner in the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork program, led the automation specification and integration efforts of the lab.
CSU also will become the home to two future breweries that will run on the Rockwell Automation PlantPAx distributed control system. One of them will modeled after a craft-style brewery and the other after a commercial brewery. Rockwell FactoryTalk Batch software will support the reuse of modular phase code, provide intuitive recipe authoring and offer built-in batch tracking and reporting. The on-campus breweries will provide industry members with a resource to engage in recipe development, lab testing, operational technology research and process data analytics.