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Kaeser and the ‘King’

KAESER KOMPRESSOREN optimises the König brewery's compressed air supply system.

For more than 150 years the Duisburg district of Beeck has been home to ‘Königs Pilsner’, affectionately referred to as the ‘King’ of beers. With assistance from Kaeser Kompressoren, over 1.3 million bottles are filled each day in one of the largest and most advanced bottling plants in the world.

One of the the compressors' main tasks is to supply the brewery with a reliable supply of quality compressed air that complies with food standards. The whole brewing process relies on compressed air - from its use as a pumping medium, to the aeration of the wort at the beginning of the fermentation process, to the filling of bottles and kegs. Furthermore, a considerable volume of compressed air is needed for the many valves and regulators. Of course the compressed air must be completely clean, and this is achieved using dry running compressors together with sterile filtration.” explains Werner Randschau head of Facility Management, Environment, and Work Safety at König.

Efficient – idling time reduced from 25% to 2%.

The dry-running compressed air station at the König brewery saw expansion in the form of a next-generation Kaeser rotary screw compressor: The new frequency controlled DSG 220-2-SFC (132 kW) leads an ensemble which also includes three previously existing dry running rotary screw compressors and been a great success. As Werner Randschau happily explains, “The station’s idle run time dropped from over twenty five percent to just two percent once the Kaeser machine came online. That saves a lot of electricity.”

The latest generation of Kaeser rotary screw compressors: DSG 220-2-SFC (132 kW)
The latest generation of Kaeser rotary screw compressors: DSG 220-2-SFC (132 kW)

The decision to invest in the DSG unit also reflects how satisfied Werner Randschau and König’s management’s were with their existing Kaeser rotary screw compressors. A DSD 171 compressor delivers the brewer grains to a storage container in a half open room alongside the brewery’s boiler house, from where the waste disposal vehicles are then loaded via screw conveyor. In short, Kaeser helps save key resources and has been a reliable partner for decades. A real success story to toast.