Martin Lutz (1); (1) ProLeiT Corp., Lake Forest, IL, U.S.A.
World Class Manufacturing
Brewing operators work in a highly complex environment where a lot of
tasks have to be performed in parallel. Nevertheless, fast and reliable
reaction of operators is required if issues on specific processes
occur. This increases the need for process automation systems to be
designed in a way that enables the operators to come to the correct
decisions in the shortest possible time. The automation system has to
guide the operator to the point where their interference is required.
The representation in the graphics gives decision support to assure the
correct actions are taken. This concept of so called high-performance
human machine interface (high-performance HMI) was developed in the
chemical industry some years ago recognizing that a well-structured, yet
simplified, way of creating graphics for process operation plays a key
role in enabling correct and fast reactions. Also, for food processing,
and here especially the brewing industry with its often completely
automated plants, this change of the process visualization concept
allows better control and faster corrective actions to process
deviations. The lecture will provide insights into the base approaches
for a high-performance HMI, the underlying lay-out philosophies compared
to standard graphics, the application of the concept in brewing process
automation, and the specific benefits resulting from this approach.
Martin Lutz has a long-term professional dedication to the brewing
industry extending more than 30 years. Starting with an apprenticeship
as a brewer and maltster, he then studied as a brewing engineer at
Weihenstephan University, in Munich, Germany. There he also did his
Ph.D. work in the field of soft-processing of wort. He joined ProLeiT in
their business field of brewery automation and manufacturing data
management in 1998 as a project manager. Since 2006 he has been
responsible for the Department of Brewing Automation with worldwide
projects in brewing process automation. In 2015 he moved to the United
States to drive as CEO the U.S. operations of ProLeiT from their
Northern Chicago subsidiary.