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Emerson partners with Belgian research group to enhance digital automation training

Emerson partners with Belgian research group to enhance digital automation training

February 10, 2020 – Emerson, a global technology and engineering company, announced it is partnering with Ghent University (UGent) and University College Ghent (HOGENT) in Ghent, Belgium, to revamp, automate and modernize a pilot brewery, including providing equipment and support services. The two institutions share a common brewery research group in the Laboratory for Brewing and Fermentation Science and Technology. The laboratory offers hands-on training using digital automation technologies to educate the next-generation workforce, close skills gaps and enable digital transformation throughout the region’s brewing industry, where technology is key to keeping pace with the increasing demand for craft beer.

The project further expands Emerson’s initiative to collaborate with higher education institutions and its commitment with both schools to build a globally competitive craft brewing and brewing industry in Flanders, Belgium and throughout Europe. The students and stakeholders in the region will have access to advanced automation technologies and fermentation sciences expertise, helping build a skilled workforce.

The pilot brewery, located within the laboratory, will attract and train students, academics and engineering professionals on how to use next-generation automation technologies in a safe, interactive learning environment.

Once completed, the center will feature elements of Emerson’s Plantweb digital ecosystem portfolio of industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies used in brewing automation: a DeltaV distributed control system, Micro Motion Coriolis flow meters, Rosemount wireless measurement technology, Fisher control valves, analytics software for calculating conductivity, pH and turbidity, as well as a remote diagnostics that will allow technicians to monitor the system from Emerson’s Belgium office in Diegem, 70 kilometers away.

UGent and HOGENT are one of more than 350 institutions worldwide, from technical community colleges to four-year university programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, that Emerson has partnered with to address the skills gap in digital automation technologies. Emerson is dedicated to education, innovation and diversity by collaborating with both industry and educational institutions.

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