Mixing flexibility with scalability to create the perfect brew
Bon Industry wanted to give Burnley Brewing’s new Dandenong facility a smart manufacturing edge, greater choice, and greater ability to scale up operations in the future.
Bon Industry electrical director, Gabriel Bonacci, said that Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Craft Brew was the ideal platform for Burnley.
“Rockwell’s FactoryTalk Craft Brew software connects easily to automation equipment of all types to seamlessly visualise automation performance and highlight critical areas for improvement,” said Bonacci. With several Rockwell Automation programmable logic controllers (PLCs), drives, and industrial computers forming part of the new brewery, FactoryTalk connects them all together to create an integrated ecosystem.
Stanzel added, “There were certainly some challenges along the way – like getting pressure differentials during the lauter process correct – but through collaboration between Rockwell Automation, Bonacci Electrical and ourselves, we found the right solutions, and tested them to ensure they were working perfectly before commissioning.”
FactoryTalk Craft Brew is designed as a modular software ecosystem where new modules can be added as required, allowing for flexibility and the option to upgrade operations as the business expands. The modularity also means the solution can be deployed quickly, with a standardised approach that reduces the need for operator training.
The software is tested to top European and American Standards, and users can leverage Rockwell Automation’s global expertise for support and customisation. Additionally, Rockwell Automation can remotely access the hardware and software, and provide swift updates, monitoring, and repairs.
Rockwell Automation channel manager, Matthew Treeby, was delighted to be helping a local Australian-owned independent brewer. “Rockwell Automation, together with our distributor NHP, has the support, resources, and availability to provide backup to companies of any size. When working on projects like Burnley’s new brewery, we can be dynamic and efficient, all whilst maintaining high levels of standards compliance and traceability.”