Ethernet in the Brewery Industry.



At the beginning of 1992 Carlsberg entered the Israeli market. Carlsberg Israel is now one of the largest beer producer in the country, and currently produces Carlsberg, Tuborg, and Malty. It also imports Guinness, Weihenstephan, Baltika and Kilkenney. Using the best European know-how and expertise, a team of Israeli engineers and experts from Carlsberg International designed and built a modern brewery with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. The installation includes computerized automatic production lines and control systems.



As the breweries expanded rapidly during the last 10 years, the installed fieldbus systems and H1 communication technology needed to be replaced with a faster, up-to-date, and flexible communication technology. The solution was Ethernet.
Hirschmann™’s Ethernet products, in particular the Modular Industrial Communications Equipment (MICE) Switches, exactly matched the project requirements.

Project parameters

  • 3x independent LANs
    - Programming and Maintenance
    - HMI, database servers
    - RTU, PLC
  • Security control between LANs
  • High availability


  • Reliability, availability, and redundancy
  • Flexibility, expandability, and simplicity
  • Security (3 VLANs)
  • Management, service, and support
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Multimode fiber links


Network topology and product portfolio:
All network devices are managed and supervised
Ring topology based on fiber and copper, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet
Star topology in areas that do not require high availability
3 independent and discrete VLANs:

  • programming and maintenance
  • System A (PLC & HMI)
  • System B (PLC & HMI)


  • 5x MS4128-5 + media modules
  • 3x MS3124-4 + media modules
  • 4x MS2108-2 + media modules
  • 3x RS2-4R 1MM SC
  • 3x BAT54-Rail
  • 1x HiVision + 1x Industrial HiVision

Scope of Service:

  • Assessment of the current situation
  • Design-definition of requirements, future-proofing
  • Implementation without downtime
  • Instant notification in the event of a fault
  • 24/7 maintenance and support

Why Hirschmann™?

  • Redundancy concept using HIPER-Ring
    Simple network expansion
    Flexible ring topology, Implemented via fiber or copper, Gigabit and Fast Ethernet
  • Modularity = Flexibility:
    - MICE components are hot-swappable
    - Simple Maintenance requires fewer parts for
    spare stocks
    - Future-proof (changes on the production floor without network downtime)
  • Industrial standard products
  • User-friendly and effective management