The goal was to build a system that’s versatile, accessible to everyone in the facility and could install in a single day without production line downtime.
Anchor Brewing, located in San Francisco, CA since 1896, is America's first craft brewery.
To fit such a dynamic and varied set of hardware, Vertech utilized Inductive Automation’s Ignition software, which seamlessly connected to the client’s existing control systems, including the PLCs, photo eyes, and flow meters. By supplementing an on-board Siemens PLC, including Vertech’s PLC code for dozens of instruments and scaling routines, we were able create an instant drop-in control system that sits in parallel to existing infrastructure.
The resulting system was installed in days without interrupting production, and takes less than five minutes of operator interaction per shift. It can record and analyze multiple product volumes, configurations, and sized items, which are displayed in a simple, intuitive operator interface and a separate, high-level analysis with cost calculation and graphic generation for supervisors on wireless or hard-wired computer systems.
By creating a dynamic system that utilizes flexible software, the client can quickly and automatically record downtime events and reasons, as well as production information. With the analysis that is provided to supervisors, non-capital efficiency improvements can be identified and informed decisions can be made on the potential return of capital projects.