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EMBRACING CHANGE, GROWTH
Brewing has been around for thousands of years, Roeper said. "At
the end of the day, the life for brewers is a little easier now with the
equipment and technology advancements."
When Roeper first opened Rivertown, there were no investors or
operating money. "Some other breweries in the area were financed
right out of the gate with endless amounts of cash," he said. "Getting
everything in place and learning to trust people was very challenging. We spent just shy of $8 million to get this brewery built and
running. I started it and slept on the couch and often stayed up all
night brewing beer, but now it's truly a team effort. In the beginning
I had no regular paycheck and had to eat what I killed. As I added
employees, I traded in worrying about myself to worrying about
more than 80 people. But the reward is making flavorful beer for the
beer connoisseur." EP
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form. When we would add something in or move product from one
vessel to the next, we would have to manually turn on a pump and
manually open valves. There was a lot of potential for human error."
The system allows any error to be identified to prevent it from
happening again.
"It's much more efficient to catch the errors as they are happening
versus finding out after the fact," he said. "This automation has really
changed things for Rivertown."
The brewery has also made technological advancements with its
clean-in-place (CIP) process. At its original location, to clean equipment between batches, workers would mix chemicals on demand,
pump them into a tank, then allow a pump to clean out the tank.
"We have a CIP system in place now that is all computer programmed and fully automated," Roeper said. "We do spot checks
and change filters. The lab will come out and run tests for us. We've
only been regulated by the FDA for two years. Prior to that, the FDA
did not get too involved with beer brewing because the alcohol will
generally kill pathogens."
When a batch is finished, cleaning takes place immediately. "We
don't let it sit," he said. "If you ever go into a brewery and see them
doing that, don't drink their beer. We don't sanitize. Cleaning and
sanitizing are two different things. We use paracetic acid, which is
very strong but only lasts about 24 hours."

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant July 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
Automation Accelerates Beer Production
Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Choose The Correct Acclerometer
On The Floor
Intelligent Design Process Delivers For Substation
Solution Focus
Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Cover1
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Cover2
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Editorial
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Automation Accelerates Beer Production
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Choose The Correct Acclerometer
Efficient Plant July 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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