4B HotBus Monitoring System at Coors Brewery - Case Study
Coors Brewery had to replace its standalone equipment, which was costly, hard to monitor and leaving the facility at risk of equipment failure. The 4B HotBus system, with alarm outputs and valuable maintenance information, enabled the company to practice preventative maintenance and comply with ATEX requirements.
In the brewing industry stakes are high, since it is a high volume business where downtimes can be very expensive.
In the case of the Coors Brewery, the processing of a batch of 300 tons of grain, running down from the top of the malting plant to the bottom, takes 3 days. The cost of a batch being lost can amount to about £50K according to Plant Engineer Roger Wright.
At the same time, production equipment is exposed to very tough operating conditions. Blowing hot air at a temperature of up to 80º C through the drying rooms reduces the lifetime of the equipment and fan bearings, which if left to run in a hot condition, lose their lubricating medium.