En­gi­neers says ‘cheers’ for brew­ery tour

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS - By Craig Car­lyle, MESNZ

DB Brew­eries’ Otahuhu plant has a his­tory stretch­ing right through­out last cen­tury, so when it comes to run­ning, main­tain­ing and show­ing off their man­u­fac­tur­ing plant, an ex­ten­sive legacy of ex­pe­ri­ence prom­ises an evening of in­ter­est and con­vivi­al­ity.

Brew­ery engi­neer Peter Benyon cer­tainly knows his plant and process well, and this was ev­i­dent to a full ca­pac­ity group of MESNZ so­ci­ety and pub­lic at­ten­dees as part of the so­ci­ety’s net­work ses­sion in May.

The lim­ited group of at­ten­dees were treated to a de­tailed tour of the brew­ing and pack­ag­ing plant, which took in the historic cop­per brew­ing plant, the new ul­tra mod­ern high ef­fi­ciency process, and the high speed pack­ag­ing plant, be­fore test­ing the fin­ished prod­uct in the site’s tast­ing lounge.

The strong sense of his­tory at DB Brew­eries was a re­fresh­ing ethos, far too un­com­mon in the mod­ern en­vi­ron­ment and much ap­pre­ci­ated by all.

From an engi­neer­ing point of view, the is­sues and pro­cesses were sim­i­lar in na­ture to a dairy plant, although the ag­gres­sive na­ture of the prod­uct in the brew­ing en­vi­ron­ment was a sur­prise to many and a source of won­der to those with a me­tal­lur­gi­cal bent.

The site has var­i­ous eras of devel­op­ment and the engi­neer­ing team has evolved to cope with chal­lenges this presents. Par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est was fo­cused on the ap­pli­ca­tion of 5S qual­ity meth­ods to the work­shop and the main­te­nance man­age­ment pro­cesses.

The Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing So­ci­ety is ac­tive across New Zealand, pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for main­te­nance en­gi­neers and man­u­fac­tur­ing op­er­a­tions to net­work and share in­no­va­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences; both at a na­tional level at their an­nual con­fer­ence or at these re­gional events. The next Auck­land re­gion net­work evening will be at Su­paGas (Wiri) on Au­gust 7.

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