HMI (Human Machine Interface) Automation Control Panels

We remain open to deliver HMI automation control solutions for all brewing equipment applications during the Covid 19 pandemic.  Portland Kettle Works practices safe distancing and follows all FDA suggested Covid 19 safety protocols. We work safe so you and your workers can be safe.  

Portland Kettle Works™ is one of the leading American manufacturers of state of the art stainless steel brewing equipment. We manufacture equipment for craft breweries, wineries, kombucha breweries, coffee extractors and other brewing applications. We now offer our optional new HMI (Human Machine Interface) automation control panels for our brewhouses. These new automated control systems replace the traditional brewery controls of mechanical buttons, knobs and switches with “glass cockpit” style LCD touch screen automation controls to improve brewer’s control and batch-to-batch repeatability over their brewing process.

HMI automation offers brewery users a number of advantages over traditional manual brewery controls:

  • Increased brewing process precision
  • Better control over brewing process
  • Better batch-to-batch repeatability
  • Lower batch production costs
  • Save recipes
  • Automated controls for better brewhouse safety

Using HMI automation can improve your brewery and the beer you brew.

More Precise Control

With HMI automation brewers can control their brewing with much greater precision than with mechanical controls. Times and temperatures can be precisely set and accurately monitored to ensure optimum brewing performance. Even better, process settings and recipes can be recorded and saved so that batch-to-batch brewing variability can be virtually eliminated.

Reliable, Repeatable Performance

One of the most significant aspects of using PKW HMI automation controls is repeatability. Brewhouses equipped with HMI automation controls can record and remember the precise times and temperatures of each step in the brewing process. This lets brewers save their recipes and repeat them time after time; recipes can even be copied by breweries with multiple locations or exchanged with other brewers. Plus, from a business standpoint, it eliminates concerns that if a brewmaster leaves unexpectedly for any reason all of the brewery’s best recipes may leave with him or her.

Suitable for Retrofit on Currently Installed Systems

Our newest HMI automation control panels can be retrofitted onto existing Portland Kettle Works breweries. This allows brewers to perform a brewhouse “tune up” and gain all the benefits of using HMI automation controls without having to completely upgrade their breweries to all new equipment. Our engineers may even be able to adapt our HMI automation controls to brewing equipment manufactured by other equipment manufacturers; contact us for more information and an evaluation of your current installation.

Special Opportunity

To introduce the amazing capabilities of our new HMI automation control panels to our current brewery owners and prospective new brewers, PKW is making an amazing offer: between July 1 and December 31, 2020* upgrade any new brewery system purchased from PKW from manual controls to HMI automation controls FOR FREE! This can save brewers as much as $25,000!! Just contact us for the details.

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*PKW may modify or withdraw this offer at any time without notice.


Portland Kettle Works proudly manufactures our HMI Control Panels in Portland, Oregon USA.

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Portland Kettle Works™ was founded in 2011 to build the highest quality stainless steel brewing and beverage equipment applications. Since then we have built and installed over 300 breweries worldwide. Our craft brewers are among the best of the best and they have the gold, silver and bronze medals to prove it. If you’re serious about craft brewing as a business, contact us and we can help you, too. And if you’re located in Mexico or Latin America, click here to visit our Spanish language site.