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March Trade Talk

Topic: Recent developments in heat exchanger design and guidelines on increasing the lifetime of your heat exchangers
Date: Tuesday, 8th March 2016
Venue: University College Cork
Speaker: Ing. Bernhard Fischer, manager of Fischer Maschinen und Apparatebau GmbH.

This event was co-organised by BFBi, Engineers Ireland and IChemE All Ireland Members Group and kindly hosted by IChemE’s Chairman Denis Ring in University College Cork. The event was well attended by a mix of members from all three organisations with a good student member turnout also. Tea and coffee was served before the talk, giving attendees a chance to meet and network before the event.

After a brief introduction to each of the organising groups, Bernhard began his lecture by giving a history of plate heat exchanger development before introducing us all to the basic principles of heat exchanger design. He then discussed the most recent developments in heat exchanger design, in particular the use of 3D dynamic motion simulation to more accurately predict heat transfer performance on various fluids, taking into account the various characteristics of the fluid (viscosity, density, etc.).

Finally, he gave some advice on optimising both the heat exchanger design and also the operation and maintenance regimes of heat exchanges in order to minimise damage to plates and gaskets, thereby increasing the life time of the equipment.

BFBi Irish Branch AGM:

The Irish Branch held its first AGM on May 20th 2016 in the Spa Hotel in Lucan. The section Chairman, Michael Clancy, reported that since its creation, the Irish branch has approved our constitution, organised a lunch event and a technical trade talk, we have taken a delegation to Brau Beviale and registered as a lobbyist under Irish Lobbying legislation.

The Chairman gave his thanks to former members Kathy Fitzgerald and Kevin Whelehan for their help during their time on the committee and wished then best of luck for the future.

The committee discussed goals and plans for the year ahead including growing our membership, hosting future events and collaborating with other organisations such as IBD and Engineers Ireland to provide training and support to our members.

Irish Section Review

The Irish Section of the BFBI has been established, aiming to provide opportunities for its Members to develop within the Brewing, Food and Beverage Industry Sector.  A number of the Irish section members have been involved with BFBI for several years. We intend to cooperate with the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Irish Section in relation to events and training initiatives, and will shortly publish a joint events calendar.  

The Irish Committee is chaired by Michael Clancy of FDT and includes representatives from BTI Engineering, Platetek, Malone Engineering, Emmerald Kegs, Manitowoc and Valpar.

28th October 2014 saw the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Irish Section of BFBi.  Comprising members from both Northern and Southern Ireland, the meeting discussed the outline objectives of the Section, its constitution and potential members.

Dispense solutions for a changing beer market in Ireland - 19th May, Dublin

We ran our first event on 20th May 2015 in The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, called “Dispense solutions for a changing beer market in Ireland” – we were delighted to have BFBI CEO, Ruth Evans in Dublin to launch the Irish Section and also to present on the work that has been done by BFBI on specifications and training for dispense.

• Activities planned for the coming months include a group trip to Brau 10-12 November 2015

Other possibilities include:

• Technical Seminars and Training
• Site Visits to breweries, distilleries and associated companies.

Promotional :

• International  Brewing Awards (run by BFBI)
• Brand Ireland at International Events
• Support Industry Lobbying initiatives, e.g. “Support your Local” and Duty
• Trade Development- Export Initiatives for Members, Contacts with Enterprise Ireland etc.

We are actively seeking new members from suppliers to the Brewing, Distilling, Food & Beverage industries

Any queries- Michael Clancy (087-8264301 or or
Deirdre Mc Mahon, Secretary ( )


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