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New QWX43 Multi-Sensor Device from Endress+Hauser Simplifies Brewery Processes

April 25, 2024

New QWX43 Multi-Sensor Device from Endress+Hauser Simplifies Brewery Processes

The new QWX43 fermentation monitor enables a seamless and simple monitoring of fermentation processes without manual sampling or laboratory analyses

Endress+Hauser’s new QWX43 fermentation monitor enables a seamless and simple monitoring of fermentation processes without manual sampling or laboratory analyses. Measuring values are taken continuously so that users receive real-time insights into the fermentation process, from anywhere and anytime.

New Multi-Sensor Device from Endress+Hauser Simplifies Brewery Processes
Endress+Hauser’s QWX43 multi-sensor fermentation monitor for brewers has two characteristic sensor paddles as well as a temperature probe and is mounted directly on the fermentation tank and immersed in the beer

Brewers must keep an eye on numerous parameters during the fermentation process. To determine the residual extract for instance, reference measurements are taken at every fermentation tank at least once a day using samples that are analyzed in the lab. These measurements can take up to 20 minutes per tank, including sample preparation. Furthermore, they yield only intermittent results. Fermentation Monitor QWX43 fills these information gaps by measuring the fermentation parameters in real-time.

The data is directly transferred to the PLC to be used in process control. Brewers also can utilize Netilion Value App from Endress+Hauser to retrieve the insights in the fermentation process with one click on their mobile device.

Fermentation Monitor QWX43 can be easily connected to existing process fittings and requires no recipe-based adjustments for the measurement of most beers. Calibration of the sensor at the measuring point also is not required. The instrument connects quickly to wireless access points or Wi-Fi networks via an integrated web server and is immediately ready to utilize. Fermentation Monitor furthermore reduces the documentation and filing efforts and replaces manual batch tracking. It recognizes when a new batch starts and can automatically save the information in the system.

Netilion Value App also offers the ability to save the batch information in a history file. The possibility to define a reference batch enables more complex analyses, such as carrying out comparisons to previous fermentation processes or models, thus allowing brewers to further optimize their processes on a data-driven basis. Cleaning also is easy thanks to the fully hygienic sensor design. Fermentation Monitor QWX43 can remain in the tank and does not need to be removed for cleaning.

About Endress+Hauser

Endress+Hauser is a global leader in measurement instrumentation, services and solutions for industrial process engineering. Our products – sensors, instruments, systems and services for level, flow, pressure and temperature measurement as well as analytics and data acquisition – set standards in quality and technology. The company further supports its customers with automation engineering, logistics and IT services and solutions.

Founded in 1953 by Georg H Endress and Ludwig Hauser, the Endress+Hauser Group has been solely owned by the Endress family since 1975. Today, the Group is managed and coordinated by a holding company based in Reinach, Switzerland, employing over 15,800 personnel across the globe. In 2022, the Group generated net sales of C$5 billion. Endress+Hauser’s production centres in 12 countries meet customers’ needs and requirements quickly and effectively, while its dedicated sales centres and strong partner network guarantee competent worldwide support.

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