New Belgium Brewing Co – MES Performance

New Belgium Brewing Co – MES Performance

Wonderware MES Performance Software enables new Belgium Brewing Company to increase packaging production capacity, and decrease downtime by more than 50%

  • Joe Herrick, Packaging Systems Manager

    With Wonderware MES Performance Software coupled with New Belgium’s continuous improvement strategy, we have extended our packaging area capacity to about 1.3 million barrels each year. At this point, our approach to higher volumes is ‘bring it on’.

  • Goals

    • To increase the company’s ability to fully take advantage of manufacturing capabilities
    • Achieve Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) to produce a quality product; manage production efficiency; and ensure production line availability through scheduled downtimes, package changes, and scheduled maintenance activities
    • To operate the brewery at full production capacity and double case production
  • Challenges

    • The brewery lacked real-time information on unscheduled downtimes at various equipment areas which caused production slowdowns
    • Production staffs were continually reacting to unscheduled downtime at equipment areas
    • Management needed to address gaps in methods and processes to drive improvements
      The bottling operation lacked the ability to predict capabilities to effectively commit brewery staff to specific production goals
  • Results

    • OEE increased from 45% to 65% in just over 2 years
    • Decreased downtime by more than 50%
    • Efficiency of scheduled run time increased by 25% - 30%
    • Achieved record production weeks producing 190,000 to 200,000 cases consistently, successfully meeting customer demands
    • Extended packaging area capacity to about 1.3 million barrels each year
    • The brewery was able to delay capital investments, enabling it to maintain lower operating costs