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Process Control

The ABB Ability BeerMaker brewery-specific intelligent process control solution supports safety and quality improvements, boosts productivity, and raises operational efficiency.

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The ABB Ability BeerMaker intelligent process control solution supports breweries in their operational efficiency through digital transformation. The new solution is based on the ABB Ability System 800xA distributed control system and helps brewers improve process quality, achieve high engineering and operator efficiency, enhance safety, and boost plant productivity.

The process automation solution comprises a technological package, including a control system with batch functionality following the worldwide S88 standard and a digital twin to simulate new recipes. Crafted and tested with brewing knowledge from ABB’s brewmaster, it can be adapted for each customer using a variety of parameters.

Ready-made and tested templates and objects bring a high level of automation and intelligence of plant functions into operators’ hands. There is a prepared inventory for queue handling, diagnostics, and comprehensive cleaning in place (CIP) support.

Designed to meet the industry’s need for intuitive, visual solutions, BeerMaker helps empower operators to manage their preferred operating procedures and have freedom to use the package on computers, tablet, or mobile devices. Teams can gain greater process certainty by testing on a real-time digital twin, a complete and operational representation of the control system and a powerful tool for companies deciding on a new strategy to easily simulate new recipes.

“Our new solution is from our own ABB brewmaster for brewmasters and truly has domain-specific knowledge embedded as well as ABB’s expertise from years in this field,” says Marcello Gulinelli, global head of food and beverage, Process Automation, ABB.

“We’re confident it is a technological package that is ready for advanced and digital solutions,” says Gernut van Laak, brewmaster and global food and beverage solution manager, ABB. “It can be applied within a customer’s installed base to enhance efficiencies and help reach sustainability targets.

“We are using the full breadth of our automation and control system platform and connect the whole factory, including shop floor operations, simulation, digital, and control room solutions, with less engineering and always with the possibility for expansion. We’re looking forward to further work with brewing customers to optimize to their plant specifics.”


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