Plant piping of the new filling line and bottle sorting system

Ruland Engineering & Consulting planned and installed the complete piping

It really was a large scale project that recently has been completed successfully by the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus AG: It almost took two years and around 30 million EURO were invested to finalise the new- and reconstruction in Grafenhausen-Rothaus where the company is located.

Thanks to a new sorting system as well as a new bottle washing machine, which runs with the solar thermal energy, the two plants at the two halls are now working more sustainably, environmentally friendly and energy efficiently. The filling capacity of the new line is now at around 50,000 bottles per hour.

Looking at the plans for the two halls that are linked via a bridge, it is obvious: one of the main challenges of such a project is, to plan the piping intelligently and foresightedly. Therefore, the project manager of the brewery choose a well-known and reliable partner: There is a long lasting cooperation with the traditional brewery and Ruland Engineering & Consulting. Ruland is specialised in planning and constructing systems for liquid products. Right from the start on, the plant specialist was involved into the planning process regarding the new- and reconstruction project of Rothaus.

Smart plant piping

Intelligent layout and short ways

This project was very complex, because the whole machinery and plant components were spread over two halls. Bottle washing machine, pasteuriser, filler, crate washer as well as case packers, case unpackers and taggers – as soon as all these components are set up and installed, it is nearly impossible to afterwards change the course of the piping route or to add new ones. Possible later extensions have to be kept in mind that no important ways for routes are getting obstructed.

In practice, the first thing to do is, to plan the layout – where is which machinery placed, how is the product- and material flow and where runs the ventilation system? The next task is, to consider which machinery is in need of what kind of energy like steam, water, electricity or compressed air and also which product- or CIP ports are needed. Corresponding to these needs, planning of the route of the pipes, including the exact position of the respective interface at the individual components of the system starts. As these requirements can vary according to the producer and model, a direct coordination with the respective producer is essential.

Ruland relied on its experience and know-how to create the overall concept of the piping. Ariane Schormann, Dipl. Ing. (FH) mechanical engineering and team leader project management at Ruland Engineering & Consulting said, “This project was basically an extension. Already in the year 2003 we planned the filling in a way that an expansion was possible. Many projects require the first extensions already after two years. We always think long term and consider possible expansions in two, five or ten years.”

Basic requirement: Teamwork with all companies involved

A good cooperation is very important for Ruland

According to Ariane Schormann, such a project requires teamwork and a smooth information exchange with all companies involved. “Starting with the regular exchange of the 3D-planning-models.” She says, “Ruland gathered all models from every discipline, merged them at the CAD-system and checked if the several plannings for the pipe routes are compatible. The companies involved cooperated excellently, so that the timetable was met.”

As specialists for the intelligent and sustainable planning of the industry-piping, the experts from Ruland achieved an optimised approach over the years. Ariane Schormann explains, “We especially focus on the connection of energies and the interface management. That was of great importance, especially for this project, because the brewery Rothaus did not obtain the complete plant from one producer but the individual components from the best producer according to their point of view.”

19 years ago, the expert for piping projects was for the first time at Rothaus. She sees the trust that has grown over the years and the close partnership as a big advantage at such major projects. According to her they benefit from the short ways and the partnership handling. Together with the customer, Ruland was able to fulfil the new challenges and find answers to various questions that appear at such projects.

Also for the Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus, the long term partnership with Ruland Engineering & Consulting has great importance. According to Ralf Krieger, the technical Manager at Rothaus, it is important to trust your partner for 100%, especially while planning such a comprehensive project, because it involves more than just a high investment. It always is about long term availability, quality and the safety of the product.

photo pressur tank cellar with tanks, pipe lines and valves

Since the beginning of the cooperation, Ruland Engineering & Consulting was involved into various projects at Rothaus. Starting 1999 with a new fermenting cellar, a yeast cellar and a CIP plant. Shortly after, a pressure tank cellar for wheat beer as well as the connection of the intern piping for the filing in the year 2003 and the extension of the fermenting cellar followed. In the year 2004 Ruland Engineering & Consulting planned the new storage cellar and contributed at the planning and piping of the new brew house. 2009 Ruland helped to connect the dealcoholisation system and later on the new Keg system. In the year 2012 Rothaus invested into a new pressure tank cellar, the reconstruction of the filter cellar and the boiler house.

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