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Retrofitting Your Brewery Controls and Automation

MARKS - November 20, 2023 - 0 comments

The heart of a thriving brewery is driven by the quality of ingredients used, and the efficiency and precision of its operations. In a brewing landscape that is extremely competitive, equipping your brewery with advanced controls and automation can make all the difference. That’s where MARKS Design and Metal Works come into play.


  • Panel Retrofit & Beyond
  • The Power of Panel Retrofitting with MARKS
  • Automation Retrofitting
  • The Power of Personalization
  • Quality Assurance with Our UL Panel Shop
  • A Case Study: Breathing New Life into a Outdated Brewhouse
  • Another Case Study: Centralizing Chaos in the Cellar
  • The MARKS Difference

Panel Retrofit Outgrown or outdated equipment? It’s time for a change. From minor adjustments to comprehensive overhauls, MARKS provides solutions to reinvigorate your operations.

Sensors and InstrumentationIf there’s a brewing parameter you wish to monitor, MARKS can make it happen. With custom engineering and instrumentation capabilities, alongside our trusted supplier partners, we empower breweries to have unparalleled insights into their operations.

Panel Installation and CommissioningThe transition to a new system should be smooth. We’re here to ensure just that. Whether we’re setting up a system we’ve built for you or stepping in to aid with an existing system, you can count on MARKS.

Panel retrofitting is more than just a technical switch. It’s a transformation – an opportunity to rejuvenate, upgrade, and ensure that brewing operations align with modern standards. MARKS recognizes the diverse challenges that breweries face, and with our expertise in retrofitting, we offer solutions that not only rectify issues but also enhance overall operational efficiency.

At the heart of our retrofitting success lies our dedicated in-house controls and engineering team. This powerhouse dual talent ensures that we can tackle even the most unique challenges with finesse. Whether a brewery is grappling with outdated equipment, fragmented systems, or simply wishes to upgrade for the future, MARKS has a solution. Our depth of expertise, paired with our adaptability, allows us to transform brewing challenges into opportunities. We craft solutions that stand the test of time and technology. MARKS specializes in integrating new systems with existing equipment and adding the automation features as necessary.

The brewing industry is diverse. What works wonders for one brewery might not be the ideal solution for another. Recognizing this diversity, our team, which includes experienced brewers, delves deep into understanding each customer’s specific requirements. Whether it’s streamlining operations, optimizing energy consumption, or ensuring unparalleled consistency in each brew, our custom programming solutions are designed with a singular goal: to maximize efficiency and deliver exceptional results.

Our commitment to quality extends to our UL panel shop. This certification guarantees that our products meet strict industry standards for safety and performance. Regardless of the complexity of your requirements, every panel from MARKS is washdown rated, ensuring durability even in challenging environments.

A customer approached MARKS with a predicament. They invested in a brewhouse from another manufacturer who had since shuttered operations. To add to their woes, the third-party controls on their equipment were now obsolete and the service provider was no longer available. The customer was caught in a brewing limbo, with their processes hampered by outdated technology.

MARKS swiftly stepped in, assessing the situation with our integrated approach. We recognized that a simple swap of the controls would be insufficient. This was an excellent opportunity to elevate their brewing game. Along with updating the controls, our team integrated additional sensors and automated valves. The result? A brewhouse reborn. Processes that previously demanded manual intervention or prolonged hours now took significantly less time, saving the brewery invaluable time and labor costs. The transformation was  technical and operational, offering them a competitive edge in a challenging market.

Growth is always a welcome sign for any business, but sometimes expansion can lead to unforeseen complications. Another MARKS’ customer faced this situation. Over the years, as their production scaled, they kept adding more cellar tanks. Their control system, managed by a local expert, expanded in a piecemeal fashion. When their controls expert retired, the brewery was left with a disjointed and confusing controls setup.

Enter MARKS. Our solution was holistic. Instead of merely addressing individual issues, we undertook a comprehensive overhaul. The entire glycol control system was revamped and updated. We centralized the brewery’s cellar panel, eliminating the inconsistencies of their current setup. Additionally, we implemented daisy-chained HMIs across various cellar areas, ensuring a seamless and integrated operational flow. The outcome? A cellar that functioned as one cohesive unit, driven by a state-of-the-art control system.

Our in-house controls team isn’t just technically proficient; we are brewing aficionados. With a rich understanding of both the technical and operational aspects of brewing, we craft programs that bridge the gap between machinery and the art of brewing. By marrying technology with craftsmanship, our custom programming ensures that each brewery’s unique character is enhanced and as the brewing landscape evolves, so do our solutions. Our team remains at the forefront of industry advancements, ensuring that our custom programs not only meet the current needs but are also scalable and adaptable for future requirements.

In the world of brewing, success is a blend of art, science, and technology. At MARKS Design and Metal Works, we’re dedicated to providing breweries with cutting-edge controls and automation solutions that bring out the best in every batch. So, raise a toast to efficiency, precision, and unparalleled quality with MARKS by your side!

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