Heineken – R&D Pasteurising Solution

    Heineken – The Progressive Company

    Heineken is a proud independent and responsible global brewer. Today, Heineken is the number one brewer in Europe and the number two brewer in the world.

    Heineken have operations in over 70 markets globally, which makes them the world’s most international brewer. In the last decade Heineken have significantly increased their exposure to emerging markets, which will be a catalyst for growth.

    Heineken brew great beers and build great brands. Heineken are committed to surprising and exciting their consumers everywhere.

    Supporting this activity is the R&D pilot plant at Zoeterwoude in The Netherlands.









    The Research and Development Project

    Heineken again approached Enterprise Tondelli for an in package pasteurising solution for their R&D plant. The objective was to integrate a tunnel pasteurising solution into their existing glass bottling line with a throughput of 1000bph; delivering a consistent number of PU’s to the filled bottles.

    Tunnel Pasteurisation Solution

    With close cooperation between Heineken and Enterprise a technically robust solution was developed. The pasteuriser is a six section machine built in AISI316L grade stainless steel. The machine is adapted to allow for ‘boil out’ in all zones. The control is by a Siemens S7 PLC with a large 19” HMI for good visualisation of all parts of the machine. Shown on the graphical representation of the machine are zone temperatures, set points, operating parameters, pumps status, levels, alarms, etc. The machine is fitted with a secure connection to the manufacturer Bigtem for remote support.

    The quality parts included in the manufacture include Endress + Hauser, Siemens, SEW, Rexnord, Lowara, Spirax Sarco & Burkett.

    Initially two recipes were commissioned for different products with up to 6 bottle shapes being run.

    Significant maintenance saving features include quick release spray nozzles allowing quick swap out. To conserve energy and to provide consistent operation the hot tanks are insulated on the sides and top.

    The machine infeed and outfeeds are fitted with live edge transfers for maximum bottle stability.

    Pasteuriser Pipework and Pumps








    Safety is of paramount importance and to this end there is an access stairway to the top of the machine with a perimetral anti-fall hand rail on all sides. Hot surfaces are guarded or insulated and there are safeties on the utilities pipework.

    The Project Team

    Jan Pieter van Kempen, manager of the R&D facility said We knew that it was difficult to find a tunnel pasteuriser of this small size. That’s why we asked Enterprise Tondelli for this. We are very happy with the result; a professional tunnel pasteuriser that increased our capabilities and makes the work of the operators easier.”

    Garry Wilson, senior project manager for Enterprise Tondelli said “Working with Heineken is always a pleasure and a frictionless experience due to the professional and collaborative ethos of the Heineken staff. Although small, this has been another interesting and rewarding project.”

    Enterprise are very proud to be associated with Heineken and continue to work in partnership with both small and large producers. Enterprise are currently busy both in the UK and worldwide with projects for all sectors of the beverage industry. Including beers, ciders, spirits, waters, juices and soft drinks. From the Netherlands to Nigeria!

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