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Oktoberfest 2014 Automation Keeps the Show Going at the Oktoberfest

Redakteur: Eilyn Dommel

Let the good times roll: Over the next two weeks, millions of people from all around the world will be enjoying themselves at the Oktoberfest in Munich. As in past years, Siemens has supplied drives and control systems for the festival's rides as well as the technologies used by many breweries.

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Modern technology for the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens.
Modern technology for the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens.
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To keep the show going, Siemens supplies drives, control and power distribution systems. Many of the festival’s rides – including major attractions like the Giant Ferris Wheel, the Wild Water Ride, the Power Tower and the Wave Flyer – rely on Siemens technologies.

To get a closer look at the technology behind the scenes please visit the 360-degree-feature from Siemens.

Every year, about 6 million liters of beer are poured at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Control technology and software from Siemens are used to pump the tasty festival beer securely and quickly from the tanks to the taps, via an underground pipeline loop. Reliability and high throughput are especially important, because on heavy-traffic days the bartenders pour up to 70,000 liters of beer per day.

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Since 2012, the Hacker Tent has been supplied by a centralized pipeline system that is controlled by Siemens software. Consequently, both sales and throughput can be monitored at all times – via web browser, tablet PC or smartphone. In the taprooms, a so-called “Liter-Meter” indicates the exact rate of flow of the beer, like a speedometer. The system sends data on the quantities of beer sold and any error messages to the brewery and the taproom operator via SMS.

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