Carlsberg Leverages IIoT to Improve OEE

Written By: Jacqui Cook
  • 10/5/2021
  • Read Time : 3 min
Carlsberg production line

To ensure transparency across its worldwide operations, Carlsberg needed a way to track and document the transformation of raw materials into finished goods.

The brewer recognized that PTC’s experts and technology could help it monitor critical packaging assets and track overall equipment effectiveness and performance, ensure greater product and production consistency.

To that end, Carlsberg, which employs more than 40,000 people globally, is now using PTC’s Digital Manufacturing Solution Suite across 28 of its breweries in Europe and Asia.

Built on Microsoft Azure, the suite is comprised of the award-winning ThingWorx Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Platform to accelerate time-to-value and enable the long-term exchange and maximizing of information.

“Brewing for a better day today and tomorrow is the essence of what we strive to do at Carlsberg,” said Marco Farina, global Operational Technology manager, Carlsberg. “This focus has driven Carlsberg’s dramatic expansion over the last 10 years, which, in turn, has increased the need to expand production and packaging capabilities across all our breweries.

“Digitization is driving change in the industry and has given us the opportunity to look at different channels of approach for improvement. By integrating ThingWorx with our existing production assets, we have enhanced connectivity across our breweries and can now provide more detailed analytics of the packaging cycle.”

PTC’s Digital Manufacturing Solution Suite, which is purpose-built for industrial environments, delivers the functionality, flexibility and agility needed to rapidly deploy IoT use cases.

The application built using PTC technology allowed accelerated implementation and Carlsberg was able to complete the deployment across 28 breweries within 28 months. Moreover, because the deployment was on Microsoft Azure, the solution has been scaled securely as well as rapidly.

“Production managers, both in the 28 breweries and those at headquarters, will now be able to analyze our operations in real-time, onsite, and remotely,” continued Farina.

“Carlsberg intends to build an end-to-end digital value chain that will impact everything from forecasting to procurement, to brewing, packaging, and logistics, all to better serve our customers.”

Dave Grammer, General Manager for UKI at PTC, is looking forward to a continued partnership.

“With PTC and Microsoft Azure, Carlsberg will be able to rapidly develop and deploy tailored, scalable and secure applications that can monitor, manage and control packaging assets. We look forward to continuing to support this famous brand on its digital transformation journey.”

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About the Author

Jacqui Cook

Jacqui Cook is a Director in PTC's Corporate Communications department. She has more than two decades experience of working with business journalists, establishing tight working relationships and producing factual content. She is descended from the originators of cricket, the UK national past time and has a strong passion for animals, in particular the British Bulldog.