In general the company maintains traditional, proven methods, but does attempt to bring them up to date technologically. It is constantly investing in new technologies, like in 2011, in the new brewhouse.
The Vorarlberg brewer also has to think cost-effectively. Hence, the degree of automation is increasing from year to year; for example, almost everything in the brewhouse runs automatically nowadays. But not only are the primary processes becoming more and more automated, the secondary processes, such as bottling, are as well. While you usually have the freedom to choose the equipment and connections for new installations, you have to make the best of the situation with existing systems. One of the problems: many tanks in the brewery are certified. “Welding a nozzle for a new instrument type is often more expensive than the sensor itself. If you add the TÜV inspection, costs increase even more,” explains Christian Schneider, master electrician at Fohrenburg. So he always tries to use an existing vessel connection or a capillary tube to install a VEGABAR pressure transmitter. Such a measuring solution is practicable, reliable and ultimately justified in terms of price, too.
When trying to match a specific measuring task to particular environmental conditions, only direct communication between user and manufacturer helps.