COPA-DATA at BrauBeviale: Software for smart beverage production

10 October 2016

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At this year’s BrauBeviale trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, taking place from November 8–10, COPA-DATA will present its new offerings for smart breweries, comprehensive energy data management, flexible batch production and efficient filling lines. The COPA-DATA employees in hall 7, booth 515, will also provide information about interoperability with the Weihenstephan and OMAC PackML standards, as a result of which machines and equipment can be more quickly integrated into existing manufacturing infrastructures.

Emilian Axinia, Industry Manager for Food and Beverage at COPA-DATA explains: “At our booth, we will be showing our software innovations for the smart production of beer and other drinks. For example, we will demonstrate flexible batch production using an equipment model controlled by zenon. Our visitors can expect smart and field-tested software solutions from soft PLC, through ISA-88 Batch Control to mobile technologies.”

Automation systems for the smart factory will be at the centre of the COPA-DATA trade fair presence. A smart factory logs data from its environment using sensors and employs this data for subsequent processes. The key to this networking is software.

Manufacturers can gain valuable knowledge about the production landscape by using zenon as a process control system. This can ensure competitiveness and increase the efficiency of resource and energy usage. Thanks to more than 300 native communication protocols in zenon, companies can also quickly and safely network heterogeneous landscapes. This also means production plants can be more easily adapted to changing market conditions.

At BrauBeviale, brew masters can find out from the COPA-DATA experts how they can manage their recipes flexibly with the zenon Batch Control module. Brewing processes are, in accordance with the ISA-88 standard, monitored and controlled centrally in real time. Complete reports can then be obtained for analysis and documentation. The technology can be extended to mobile devices and guarantees secure exchange of data in pre-existing, heterogeneous infrastructures. zenon aids with the adherence to a company’s own standards and industry laws and regulations. The software also supports the efficient manufacture of various types of beer. This allows beer brewers and other drinks producers to manage the delicate balance between brand promises and individual customer demands.

Resource management throughout sites

Visitors to COPA-DATA’s booth can also find out how filling lines can work more efficiently with zenon. Comprehensive monitoring of machines ensures a precise overview of resource consumption and costs. These features also allow manufacturers to continually improve quality parameters and key figures such as the overall equipment effectiveness. It is also possible to only analyse and optimise selected partial areas.

zenon also meets the defined requirements for monitoring, measurement and analysis as set out in ISO 50001 and can thus be used as an energy data management system. Thanks to a connection to higher-level management systems and cloud technologies, comparisons and data analyses are also possible throughout sites. In doing so, data can be displayed in tailor-made dashboards on different devices – mobile and stationary.

To learn more about Copa-Data’s products please go to, or visit the company at the BrauBeviale trade fair.

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