Level Instrumentation for the Brewing Industry – From the Emerson Automation Expert Blog

Article written by Felix Johansson on 26/01/2022 – Read the original Article


In today’s highly competitive and rapidly evolving market, brewing operations are in constant need of improving production throughput and flexibility, while reducing costs and meeting sustainability targets. An excessive amount of downtime and a lack of flexibility can increase operating costs, and product losses or inefficient energy usages can also erode an operation’s profitability. Additionally, inefficient processes or outdated technologies can hinder the achievement of sustainability goals by producing excess waste.

In the brewing industry, maximizing production capacity and ensuring a consistent and high quality taste of their products is vital, as well as reducing production costs and increasing the efficiency and sustainability of production processes. Innovative automation solutions can help brewers to achieve their goals by:

  • Ensuring stringent hygienic conditions in operations
  • Achieving stable and smooth production processes
  • Assuring product quality batch over batch
  • Preventing shutdowns and downtime
  • Providing accurate and reliable monitoring
  • Ensuring the efficiency of CIP and SIP cleaning

The Emerson portfolio of hygienic level instrumentation can help to maximize your production capabilities, reduce product loss and ensure hygienic conditions in production processes at your brewing facility.



Storage tanks or silos for grains in brewing operations

Storage tanks or large silos are used to store raw materials for brewing processes, such as cereal, hops or fruits. Level measurement ​is necessary to monitor and control the level of the content inside the tanks in real-time and avoid overfills or pumps running dry.​

The Rosemount™ 5408 Non-Contacting Level Transmitter provides accurate and reliable hygienic level measurement of solids thanks to its advanced surface tracking.

The Rosemount 2500 Solids Level Switches provide hygienic point level detection for bulk solids. This line of products is ideal for installation in all types of vessels and silos.




Fermentation tanks

Fermenters hold as much as 70% of the total production volume of a brewery ​and represent 70% of CO2 production. Automation solutions that optimize the fermentation process provide measurable benefits from quality to throughput. ​

Level or pressure measurement will help you optimize and monitor fermentation processes by controlling the amount of ingredients in tanks and avoiding pumps running dry or overfilling.

The Rosemount 1408H Non-Contacting Level Transmitter or the Rosemount 3051S Electronic Remote Sensor are both good options to monitor fermentation processes accurately and without being affected by foam or the presence of hops on the surface of the liquid.​

The Rosemount 2100 Liquid Level Switches offer simple and reliable hygienic point level detection. The technology has no moving parts, requires no calibration, and is virtually unaffected by process conditions such as foam…


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