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Partnership brings innovative automated filtration system to Zagrebačka pivovara

CSM in situ

The Zagrebačka pivovara brewery in Zagreb, Croatia benefitted from innovative new filtration technology, thanks to a partnership between Agidens Process Automation and Parker Bioscience Filtration.

Zagrebačka pivovara, which is part of Molson Coors, wanted to expand its range with a premium, non-pasteurized lager and commissioned Belgium-based Agidens Process Automation to implement a Cold Stabilisation Module (CSM) at its brewery site.

The CSM uses Parker Bioscience Filtration’s PREPOR NG and BEVPOR BR filters in a combination to achieve microbial stability whilst protecting the taste characteristics of the premium lager.

The CSM installed at the Zagrebačka pivovara site filters an average of 250 hectolitres of beer per hour.

Parker Bioscience Filtration is part of Parker Hannifin, the world’s leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems.

In just five months, Agidens’ engineering team was able to provide a tailor-made CSM solution that was integrated into the brewery’s production line. The CSM installation consists of three modules: a filtration skid, a distribution cluster and a CIP skid – for a total length of 6.75 metres.

The site was only accessible via a small elevator which meant that the CSM had to be custom-designed, disassembled and transported before it could be re-built and installed on site.

Parker Bioscience Filtration’s BEVPOR BR range of filters have been constructed with a unique Polyethersulphone (PES) membrane, offering a long service life and therefore a highly efficient and low cost of operation in sterile filtration of beer applications. Its PREPOR NG filters have been specifically developed to remove yeast and particulate such as filter aids and haze components. The superior level of retention ensures that a consistent quality of brew is delivered to bright beer storage whilst also offering a greater level of membrane filter protection during cold stabilization.

Sterile filtration solutions provided by Parker Bioscience Filtration are designed to allow brewers to significantly reduce the costs of microbial stabilization while protecting the beer’s sensory appeal. The use of microfiltration significantly reduces water footprint and energy consumption in comparison to traditional technologies.

Ian Curran, Market Development Manager – Food & Beverage at Parker Bioscience Filtration, said: “We’re delighted that our partnership with Agidens Process Automation has been able to create an effective solution for Zagrebačka pivovara.”

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