Capacity increase creates more flexibility at Alken-Maes
To increase the flexibility and the capacity available for the production of the specialty beers at the Alken site, brewery Alken-Maes called on Agidens to expand the fermentation and lagering capacity. In addition, they wanted to adapt the cooling method for the high-fermentation beers.
Breweries Alken-Maes, part of the Heineken group, is one of the largest breweries in Belgium with an annual production capacity of almost 2,000,000 hl of beer. The brewery produces about thirty types of beer, including Maes, Cristal, Grimbergen, Affligem and Mort Subite. After previously collaborating on a new yeast storage facility and the integration of three bright beer tanks, Alken-Maes Breweries once again approached Agidens to bring the project to a successful conclusion.
- Process engineering
- Supply mechanical parts, including mechanical design
- Mechanical assembly (in collaboration with partner NLT-Pivaco)
- Electrical engineering
- Supply electrical control boxes
- Electrical assembly works
- Software engineering (PLC and SCADA)
- Testing and commissioning
- Project and site management
Agidens once again proved their strength as a flexible integrator in the expansion of our existing fermentation cellar. The turnkey approach resulted in a smooth collaboration and correct delivery.
RESULTS & NEXT STEPS
Thanks to our multidisciplinary project teams, on-site presence and smooth cooperation with both Alken-Maes Breweries and our piping and mechanical partner NLT-Pivaco, we were able to achieve a smooth start-up within the set deadlines. In addition, there was only minimal, unavoidable, production interruption during the integration.
Agidens is ready to expand the fermentation capacity at the Alken site in the near future with 3 new CCTs, for which we have already made the necessary preparations. In the meantime, as a turnkey integrator and service partner, we continue to work there continuously with studies and maintenance & service, and that in combination with small and large optimization projects.
“Agidens once again proved their strength as a flexible integrator in the expansion of our existing fermentation cellar. The turnkey approach, consisting of process and mechanical engineering, E&I engineering, automation and project management, resulted in smooth cooperation and correct delivery within the agreed terms.”