Ambev Hosts Event
Ambev is the biggest brewery in Latin America and the fifth biggest in the world. It is the ‘Bev’ in AB-InBev, the world’s largest brewer with 25% market share. The company has 34 breweries and factories, two malting plants, more than a hundred direct distribution centers, five centers of excellence and more than 34,000 employees in Brazil. Ambev University hosted a technology meeting organized by Profibus Association Brazil earlier this year.
The morning consisted of technical presentations addressing PROFIBUS DP/PA including network installation and also an overview of PROFINET. In the afternoon, member companies of the Profibus Association Brazil presented practical demonstrations for small groups.
The meeting was a test to be validated by the automation corporate sector of Ambev and possibly will be held in all the company’s units.
Raizen is one of the world’s largest sugar and ethanol producer, and the fifth largest company overall in Brazil. The company has established a cooperation with the Profibus Association Brazil. The company standardized on PROFIBUS after analyzing several technology and automation options. “This caused a demand for service, training and maintenance,” says Fabiano André Lourenço, Automation and Integration Manager of Raizen.
An agreement was made to exchange knowledge between Raizen and the Profibus Association Brazil for project analysis, facilities, and issuing of technical guidelines and technical reports. The goal is good operation and plant reliability for their PROFIBUS networks. Raízen has 23 units in operation. According to Lourenço, PROFIBUS technology is now used in about 40% of the instrumentation field and Intelligent CCMs in industrial areas. “The technology is applied today throughout the industrial process,” he says.
The Association also created a set of committees to further information dissemination in specific areas. They are:
Safety Bus Director – Márcio Venturelli, DLG Automação Industrial
PROFIBUS DP/PA Director – Fabrício Andrade, Endress + Hauser
PROFINET Director – Márcio Roberto dos Santos, Siemens