Through implementations of the industry 4.0 model, German manufacturer Siemens has contributed to Mexico’s impulse to make the fourth biggest beer producer in the world, with more than 110 million hectoliters per year.
An example of this is the automation that the German company implemented in the Nava plant of Constellation Brands in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, where the most emblematic beers are produced, such as Corona, Modelo, Victoria and Pacífico.
Bruce Jacobson, Chief Commercial Officer of Constellation Brands, commented that this plant will soon reach about 27.5 million hectoliters of beer per year, more than triple the amount produced four years ago, when it was acquired by the US consortium.
The plant introduced Siemens robotic automations that support more expeditious production, said Raj Batra, president of Digital Factory Division of Siemens.
Another example is the state-of-the-art process control system Braumat from Siemens, which plays an important role in the brewing and beverage industry worldwide, since it offers complete performance with maximum flexibility.
The rollout for the expansion happened in phases. The first phase added 10 million hectoliters of brewing capacity and included five packaging lines, plus all of the supporting utilities, including 18 megawatts of power generation. That was completed on time in June of 2016.
The second phase added 5 million hectoliters and four more packaging lines and was also completed ahead of schedule in June of 2017.
The third expansion is happening now with an additional 2.5 million hectoliters of brewing capacity and three more packing lines on track to start up in the Spring of 2018.
“The biggest benefit of the work achieved is being able to meet the capacity demands and expansion milestones and to do that while ensuring the highest quality consistency in every can, keg and bottle,” said Chris Renken, Constellation’s director of automation engineering.