Guinness uses APV for plant redevelopment

Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials

ISSN: 0003-5599

Article publication date: 1 June 2004



(2004), "Guinness uses APV for plant redevelopment", Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Vol. 51 No. 3.



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Guinness uses APV for plant redevelopment

Guinness uses APV for plant redevelopment

Continued growth has meant the redevelopment of Guinness’ Waterford site in Ireland for completion within a very tight timescale.

Guinness has a comprehensive qualification process for assessing potential suppliers, which is overseen by an experienced team.

APV’s unique blend of experience combined with unparalleled brewing knowledge, particularly in the field of single vessel yeast propagation technology, were just some of the reasons why APV was selected.

APV has recently equipped large-scale breweries in Thailand and South Africa.

The South African plant, where the installation was completed within a very tight 10-month deadline, incorporated a single vessel yeast propagation system. The successful implementation of this project was an influencing factor in the award of the Guinness redevelopment project.

The single tank yeast system, which was proposed by APV for use at Waterford, has seen a resurgence in recent years. To meet Guinness’ high hygiene standards, APV optimised the cleaning and sterilisation regimes for the yeast propagation system to ensure the production of high quality yeast.

The scope of equipment provided by APV included pumps, valves and heat exchangers.

APV’s rotary lobe pumps, high efficiency centrifugal pumps and self-priming pumps are all designed to reduce the production costs, create quieter working environments, bring reliability to the production process and ensure an improved quality end product.

Product integrity is important to Guinness and APV demonstrated their ability to support this with their choice of valves and heat exchangers.

The valve portfolio includes valves from APV’s comprehensive range of butterfly, single seat and double seat units.

These have all been designed to meet Guinness’ priorities of problem free product flow, safe separation of fluids and easy cleaning.

Heat exchangers, using APV’s Duo Safety plates, have been used on heating and cooling applications where the possibility of product integrity is of concern.

Each duo-plate consists of a pair of nonwelded plates back to back with the leak path open to atmosphere.

This protects the product from the service medium in cases of plate leaks caused by cracks or corrosion, giving Guinness the security and highest standards they require.

The APV teams responsible for the project have in-depth experience of project management together with process and automation engineering.

The project teams based at the company’s Dublin and Crawley engineering centres are further supported by APV’s international network of expertise and brewing experience. It was this level of expertise and experience that provided Guinness with the assurances they sought.

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