BRAUMAT Features

BRAUMAT features a high degree of fault-tolerance, by providing two fully redundant, hot-standby IOS-Servers (IOS = Information and Operator Stations). In case one of the servers fails, the other one takes over with no impact on production. IOS-Servers can be used for operation. In case more operator stations are required, additional IOS-Clients can be added. These IOS-Clients access the information from the process via the IOS-Servers.

On the other hand, control tasks are carried out by the SIMATIC S7-400 PLCs. From a process control perspective, IOS-Servers only require connection to the PLC when starting a new production recipe. When a new recipe is started, it is downloaded into the PLC, after which it runs independently from the IOS-Server.

Recipe-controlled (or batch) processes are widely found in the brewing and beverage industries. The optimal definition and control of such processes is one of the most prominent BRAUMAT features.

A Graphical Recipe Management System allows creating and testing recipes for new brands, fast and easily. Brewing experts will be able to modify and adapt processing sequences and parameters such as volumes, temperatures and time intervals, without the need for a software engineer. And what’s more, the system allows for quick adjustments to changes in production requirements, at any time, without the need to interrupt production.

Features such as synchronizations and alternatives are provided to synchronize individual sequences across networked PLCs. On the other hand, jumps are provided for added flexibility.

Recipe parameters can be configured individually for each process step.

Finally, BRAUMAT adheres to the international ISA-S88 standard, providing a common set of terminologies and ensuring a consistent design philosophy.

BRAUMAT offers the capability to run the recipe logic at the control level. The fact that BRAUMAT features PLC-Based Control Recipes is a key difference to other Process Control Systems based on a PC-Based Batch Engine, in that it provides increased reliability and faster control.

Once downloaded, the recipe will execute even without the need of the Recipe Server, which is crucial during server maintenance works during a running production. It also provides a totally unproblematic recovery after power outages or system restarts, with no synchronization issues between the PC and the PLC.

Finally, the fact that PLCs are robust, industrial machines, designed for speed, makes them less prone to software glitches and ensures a lightning-fast system performance.

Plant Sections and Recipes are structured according to the international ISA-S88 standard, which provides a common set of terminologies for batch control while proposing a consistent design philosophy to describe equipments and procedures.

This allows for an improved design with increased safety, flexibility and transparency while lowering initial investment and ongoing operational costs (i.e. Total Ownership Costs). To read more about the benefits of adopting the ISA-S88 standard click here.

According to ISA-S88, the plant is structured hierarchically into Process Cells (e.g. Brewhouse), Units (e.g. Mash Tun), Equipments (e.g. Pre-Masher) and Control Modules (e.g. Valves). BRAUMAT implements these elements with the use of proven Technological Modules.

These standard Modules are parameterized and interconnected within BRAUMAT’s Engineering Environment without the need of programming, and allowing for simplified diagnostics at runtime.

Transparent, simple and reliable: Every BRAUMAT system follows the same straightforward operating philosophy. This consistency ensures safe and transparent plant operations throughout the process, while simplifying troubleshooting and diagnostics.

Authorized personnel can intervene manually whenever necessary, while clearly defining the responsibility boundaries between automatic and manual operations.

BRAUMAT’s high level of standardization delivers transparent maintenance and diagnostic capabilities, allowing for prompt response times in the event of a problem, thus minimizing downtime and increasing plant availability.
BRAUMAT provides a continuous record of all Batch or Time-based processes, in the form of historical trends, production reports, event logs and change logs, allowing you to continuously improve your product’s quality, based on accurate, automatic measurements.

Every production order is stored in a production report (i.e. step protocol) composed of the entire recipe data including all process steps with its associated setpoints and actual values. Production reports, events, historical trends and system changes are all associated to a production batch, allowing tracing the final product back to its original components, as well as cross-referencing any relevant information.

Horizontal Integration enables uninterrupted process control and consolidated data acquisition, from the malt intake up to the filling lines. Measured values and important production data is exchanged between the different plant areas, all the way through. Therefore, production areas like Brewhouse, Fermentation, Yeast, Filtration, etc. are no longer isolated islands but rather integrated components of the whole production process.

Vertical Integration enables process data to flow from the plant floor right into your Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP). All production data acquired by BRAUMAT can be fed into a SQL-Server database, providing a transparent interface to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and/or your ERP for further analysis, reporting and execution. Additionally, production orders can be downloaded into BRAUMAT’s production scheduler for further execution. Read more…

Complex piping systems like the ones found in cellars, involving complex cleaning (CIP) circuits, as well as transportation systems throughout the Grain Handling areas, typically involve a very large amount of valves and pumps that need to be activated and constantly monitored.

A highly advanced, standard and redundant Route Control System provides a complete overview of all pumps and valves involved in such routes, allowing for centralized, safe operation and efficient diagnostics of valve/pump activations and monitoring throughout the entire plant.  Read more…

BRAUMAT offers the choice between two distinct Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI).

Would you rather have a simpler yet robust and highly standardized HMI that non-technical personnel would be able to learn quickly and use efficiently? Then BRAUMAT’s integrated standard HMI is for you.

On the other hand, if you’d rather have an HMI that provides all the bells and whistles to customize an HMI to your specific needs, then SIMATIC WinCC is for you.

Regardless of your choice, both solutions will provide you with all the functionality you will need to operate your Brewing plant, including among others:

  • Detailed information on individual plant sections and its current production step.
  • Software Controllers, which typically are used to replace the more costly hardware controllers.
  • Standard faceplates (i.e. pop-up windows) for operation and diagnostics of BRAUMAT Technological Modules.
  • Password protected user access.
  • Event messages.