In keeping with its 150th anniversary and continuously increasing output figures, the Pyraser Landbrauerei is building a new pressure tank cellar. When it comes to brewery technology and the integration of the new tanks, the Franconian brewery relies on its tried and tested partnership with the plant manufacturer Wellmann Engineering. Together they developed an almost fully automatic concept, which the brewery specialists from Wellmann’s Burgthann site near Nuremberg are currently implementing. The process-engineering heart of the new plant is a complex valve matrix for controlling all production and cleaning steps.
“The new building is a milestone in our brewery history. Due to our proven partnership, Wellmann is our first choice as plant manufacturer,” says master brewer Helmut Sauerhammer. Pyras beer was first tapped in 1870. Depending on the season, this can now be done with up to 24 beer specialities. Last year, the brewery broke the 200,000 hectolitre mark for total output of beer, beer mixes and non-alcoholic beverages. Consequently, the installation work for the new pressure tank cellar is currently underway. Due to the great diversity of the brewery, 16 tanks for beer and mixed beer beverages have already been installed here. Wellmann is currently installing the connections to the existing building and technology, both on the filling side from the storage cellar and on the emptying side towards the bottle and keg filler.
Long-term partnership between medium-sized companies
The linchpin of the new brewery technology is a complex valve matrix with compact dimensions, which was designed at Wellmann’s headquarters in Halle (Westphalia). All the steps for filling, emptying, cleaning and gas control of the tanks run via the unit. The closed system with double-seal valves further increases product safety and reduces the control and monitoring effort in the brewery’s daily routine. “Wellmann and Pyraser are working closely together in the planning and implementation of the new technology, complementing each other synergistically,” Sauerhammer reports. A large part of the process engineering came from the Franconians. The design of the flow chart as well as its concrete design and installation comes from Wellmann.
“We are well-rehearsed medium-sized partners at the same level,” Sauerhammer emphasises. Short decision-making paths lead to faster results. “And Wellmann is always there for us, even for small-scale installations that other suppliers refuse because they are not very lucrative.” Another advantage is the proximity to the Wellmann site in Burgthann near Nuremberg.