Most brewers readily understand these benefits. In fact, that’s the very reason they’re looking for a solution in the first place. But at the same time, many are also concerned that changing automation systems will make their life more difficult in some way – whether through increased complexity, or less flexibility.
As specialists in brewery automation, we understand these concerns, and have designed aX Brew with them in mind. In other words, our solution makes your life easier, not harder.
Greater Flexibility & Improved Recipe Experimentation
As a craft brewery, creative experimentation is your passion and unique advantage over the big breweries. At aX Brew, we believe that automation does not have to mean less flexibility. Our solutions are designed to enable creative experimentation, not stifle it.
aX Brew provides batch-specific reporting, allowing you to easily monitor, archive and analyze key variables for each brew. This allows brewers to learn from previous batches, whether they were produced last week or last year. As a result, experimentation with different recipes can become a lot more effective, as brewers learn from successful batches and avoid the mistakes of the unsuccessful ones.
Much like a musician “chasing tone”, brewers can use aX Brew’s batch reports to turn specialty batches into targeted experiments that help you learn more about their customers’ preferences.
Remote Monitoring & Visibility
aX Brew’s easily customizable, user-friendly software interface gives you complete visibility into every aspect of your operations, from brewhouse to cellar.
The system runs automated checks on the entire process, and gives you regularly updated information through overview displays, trend reports, production schedulers and recipe viewers. At a glance, you can tell if a fermenter temperature is 2 degrees higher than it should be, and fix the issue in a timely manner.
Since aX Brew is a fully distributed control system, the monitoring capability also extends to other remote facilities, allowing you to monitor the health of all your locations from one screen.
Ready Access to Engineering Support
As a brewery grows its operations, unexpected technical challenges are sure to emerge. Since many breweries don’t have the luxury of a large in-house engineering department, it can be tough to deal with these issues when they develop. In some cases, it’s simply a matter of lacking the time and resources, while in others, your team may not have the specialized expertise required.
This is a serious risk, because unscheduled downtime is a major source of extra costs in brewery operations. In fact, experts estimate that in the average brewery, unplanned downtime costs over $40,000 per hour. So when a problem occurs, you want to be able to solve it as soon as possible.
aX Brew gives you that peace of mind. Because we are an integrated solution that includes both software and service, help is always just a phone call away. When you sign on with us, you get ready access to experienced automation specialists who understand every aspect of your system.
So instead of having to figure it out yourself, you can leave it to the experts.