SCHULZ Pioneer Pro

Since the 1970s, SCHULZ has been involved in the automation of brewery plants. A glance at the beginning shows the rapid development of this product line. From the switch control system and the crossbar distributor, to the introduction of the world's first brew house automation system based on a microprocessor in the 1980s, the Peter Bischof company, as a permanent partner of Kaspar Schulz, was a cutting-edge pioneer. For the first time, it was possible to enable complex control tasks to interweave with a structure called ‘step sequence’ in a brew house. Terms which are considered self-evident today, such as recipe, variety and step-by-step criterion, were developed back then. The application, established as the Bischof controller, was extended in the 1990s by a visualisation. In fact, operating modalities that we use every day, such as hierarchical password protection, recipe management, line recorder and database connection have been introduced in the 2000s.

Nowadays, all this is taken for granted. Current requirements aim at designing systems intelligently. Topics, such as batch tracing, maintenance management and cloud-integration are often discussed, but are not always implemented in medium-sized companies. SCHULZ took this as an opportunity to meet these challenges with its own system. The establishment of a control department at the Bamberg site was developed over several years and is now making its debut with the market launch of the SCHULZ Pioneer Pro.

The focus here is on the conversion of the numerous Bischof systems. The support of time-honoured systems goes hand in hand with transformation of these pioneering systems into the new digital era.

Advantages are:

  • Web-based structure, enabling operation via mobile devices
  • Industrial PC as a VISU computer without rotating parts
  • Latest generation Simatic S7-1500 control unit
  • Decentralised peripherals allow short wiring paths and easy expansion
  • Connection of the components via ProfiNet
  • Intelligent process control through process engineering optimisation of the recipes
  • Database supported, scalable system with latest web technology and communication protocols to meet the standard Industry 4.0
  • Alarm management with product-oriented documentation for optimum support in the case of malfunctions
  • Simple recipe creation via web browser in Excel style
  • Customer-specific hierarchical access management
  • Article and goods receipt management for resource balancing and batch tracing
  • Maintenance management with cloud connection to the central SCHULZ service