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Two days of presentations addressing some of the current and future challenges facing wineries with an opportunity to see the latest in winery equipment and services and talk to experts in their field.

2018 WineEng SA Gallery

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Dr Simon Nordestgaard - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Dr Simon Nordestgaard

 Senior Engineer – AWRI

Trends in Wine Production Technology & Future Challenges

Simon Nordestgaard has worked in wine industry research and development for a bit over a decade. This has included an engineering PhD relating to grape pressing and projects on heat stability, refrigeration efficiency, lees management, and wine transport. He has a passion for winery process and equipment innovation.


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Jannie Howard - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Jannie Howard

 Marketing Manager, Gordon Bros Industries

Refrigeration Plant Options & Selection

After finishing her degree in Industrial Engineering in the Netherlands followed by a Masters in Industrial Refrigeration, Jannie moved to Australia after obtaining a job as Application Engineer for GEA Grasso in Melbourne in 1997.

She has worked in Australia in the field of industrial refrigeration and HVAC for different companies and in different capacities and disciplines for over 20 years. During this time, she has gained an in-depth knowledge of the refrigeration and HVAC requirements for the food processing, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

During her career Jannie has worked for component manufacturers, a synthetic refrigerant importer, a professional services company and an industrial refrigeration contractor. The experience gained during this time culminated in a keen interest in natural refrigerants and their wide range of applications.

Recently Jannie has joined the team at Gordon Brothers Industries as their Marketing Manager. Gordon Brothers is Australia’s oldest and largest industrial refrigeration and air conditioning provider, they helped pioneer ammonia refrigeration a 100 years ago.

Jannie’s role provides an ideal platform to promote the use of natural refrigerants and help to drive a sustainable refrigeration industry.

Presentation Abstract

Temperature control is a critical parameter in the making of quality wine. In the winery it is used for must chilling, juice cooling, fermentation control, cold stabilizing and the storage of wine. For most wineries refrigeration systems are the main energy consumer, with in some cases consuming up to 70% of the total energy. With the cost of energy on the rise, making good choices when selecting refrigeration equipment is now more important than ever.

Before installation of any refrigeration equipment, every winery should first look at minimizing the actual requirement for cooling.

It is important to analyse what the required refrigeration capacity is under peak load conditions and low load conditions, as the most suitable system will depend on what is required in both scenarios. Selection criteria such as size, energy efficiency, location of the plant and maintenance requirements should all be looked at when selecting refrigeration equipment. Certain types of systems will be more suitable then others depending on the weight the winery puts on specific selection criteria.

We will present some typical winery examples and discuss the pros and cons of each type of system.

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Peter Goss - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Peter Goss

 Director, Archer Environmental Services

Structured Problem Solving

Peter is a chemical engineer with experience in winery engineering and process improvement. Peter started off as a pyro-metallurgist and soon gained skills in industrial engineering and total quality control. With these continuous improvements and problem-solving skills Peter attended other company sites to resolve complex ongoing problems that needed a fresh set of eyes. After this, Peter joined the wine industry and worked on major projects at Wynns including the Project Max winery expansion, and upgrades to buildings including the infamous Gables building, before moving into the environmental area.

Since 2001, Peter has worked with a variety of wineries and other industrial clients around Australia offering advice on winery wastewater and building wastewater plants. As a project manager, Peter has also worked on projects as diverse as the green fields Stage 1 Amcor project, Stadium Australia and line upgrades at Holden.

As a Chartered Engineer, Peter is able to undertake designs for on-site sewage systems as required by SA Health and Vic Health.

Presentation Abstract

We are all faced with problems every day. Some have a simple root cause and are resolved easily, but some problems are multi-faceted with the root cause(s) not obvious at first glance. What if there was a simple structured approach that gave everyone an opportunity to have their say, yet when all the information was laid out properly, the root causes were easily identified?

Well there is a simple and effective method, and this can be used to solve simple every day issues, or the more complex issues that haunt operations and maintenance staff and send a shiver down the spine of the GM.

Peter has used this method on multiple occasions and has acted as a neutral resource with a set of fresh eyes on many occasions to assist businesses problem solve difficult and recurring complex problems that were costing them money, lost time, safety and quality issues.

Using a structured approach to problem solving can not only solve problems but can help identify potential problems in other areas. After this talk, you’ll have a simple tool you can use to get on top of those pesky problems that cost your company money and you your sanity!

Theo Strecker  - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Theo Strecker 

 Director of Engineering & Projects, The Solar Project

Battery Applications for Wineries: Peak Looping, Load Shifting or Backup

Theo has been involved in the renewable energy sector for more than a decade. Clean Energy Council Accredited with a degree in qualified System Service Engineering from the University of Applied Science in Hamburg, he has experience in both development and execution of MW-class projects throughout Europe and Australia.

He was the project manager and design engineer of Australia’s first MW solar PV generator, located at the Adelaide Showgrounds, and has been involved in the development and execution of Mega Watts of commercial solar PV generators across the country in metropolitan, regional and remote Australia. Theo has extensive experience in the utility and industrial-scale PV sector with many 10MW+ projects throughout multiple jurisdictions, with a number of publicly listed companies.


Presentation Abstract

The resurgence of interest in batteries is now constantly in the news – for good reason. New technology using battery storage offers assurance of an uninterrupted power source against the of threat fluctuating power supply from renewable energy sources - and even the grid itself.

Batteries therefore provide certain freedoms from the 'tyranny of the grid.'

In an age where power demand and demand management are becoming increasingly important, the role of batteries is therefore fast becoming vital – and logical. Wind and solar power - ‘new’ energy - is now cheaper than coal, gas and diesel derived energy. This is undisputed. But how, in the face of ever-changing, confusing edicts laid down our politicians, by do we manage these renewables?

Example: Is it better to upgrade existing connections or simply install solar with battery backup? Or even avoid connecting to the grid altogether by utilising solar, batteries and generators? And the big question: Is there now a viable business case for these measures? The above vital questions (and many others) will be addressed in this presentation.

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Scott Wooldridge - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Scott Wooldridge

 Managing Director – South Pacific, Rockwell Automation

Energy Usage & Automation

Scott Wooldridge, Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand is responsible for executing Rockwell Automation’s Growth & Performance strategy, growing market share and leading our business operations in the Australia & New Zealand regions.

Scott is an experienced executive with experience in Australia and the United States. He brings with him a passion for developing sustainable business by developing strategies, driving execution and fostering partnerships and collaboration. Scott started his career in project engineering / management and eventually took on a role with Citect as the vice president, Professional Services in Chicago. He then took on the role of vice president, Sales based in Georgia before returning to Australia as the Managing Director. After Citect was acquired by Schneider Electric, Scott took on the role of vice president, Industry Business. Scott then moved to Energy Action as the Chief Executive Officer.

He is a past board member with the Energy Efficiency Council in Australia. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with honours from the University of Tasmania in Australia and an MBA from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom

Presentation Abstract

Energy is a significant cost contributor to the overall production process. Given the continued escalation in energy pricing, understanding how, where and when electricity and gas is utilized has never been more relevant to maintaining competitiveness.

The most cost-efficient methodology to reduce the impact of rising energy costs is to reduce your energy consumption. To achieve this requires an understanding of the key areas that are responsible for your energy costs, an energy plan focused on addressing the low hanging fruit and tools for ongoing benchmarking of performance to ensure that savings are realized over the long term.

This session will identify the areas to address first, provide an indicative understanding of typical paybacks and provide practical steps for long term benchmarking and analysis of energy consumption.

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Tom Mackerras - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Tom Mackerras

 National Engineering Manager, A&G Engineering

Understanding Stainless Steel Grades & Applications


Tom Mackerras is a mechanical engineer with over 35 years’ experience in the food industry. Tom has been employed at A&G Engineering for the past 15 years and is currently the National Engineering Manager. Prior to this, much of his work was in project management of capital investment. Tom has a broad knowledge of engineering including mechanical services, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. During his tenure at A&G Engineering, Tom has gained an in-depth knowledge of vessel design and the metallurgy of stainless steels.

Presentation Abstract

The presentation will look at what make stainless steel stainless and an overview of the common grades used in the wine industry. It will also briefly look at pickling and passivation after welding.

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Alex John - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Alex John

 Cooper, Chief Toaster, A.P.John

Oak: Past, present and future

Alex John represents the fifth generation of the John family to work in the 130-year-old Barossa-based cooperage. Alex joined the family business as an apprentice cooper in 2012. His current roles include cooper, chief toaster, production planner as well as product development, interfacing with the sales team. Alex has considerable experience through all facets of the business, including oak sourcing, seasoning, production technicalities, sales and marketing.


Presentation Abstract

Alex John, who represents the fifth generation of the John family to work in the 130-year-old Barossa-based cooperage, will present on the past, present and future sustainability of oak products.

Alex will highlight the history of the AP John cooperage and how it has evolved hand-in-hand with the modern Australian wine industry.

He will explain the how oak is sourced and graded and how the manufacturing process can be adapted to match a wide range of desired qualities required by winemakers.

While wine barrels remain an essential component in premium winemaking, these days the sheer size of some blends means the oak needs to be delivered and integrated in different formats.

With a track record as a sustainable raw material, oak is set to remain a vital tool for winemakers. Today’s cooperages are well equipped to meet the winemaker’s requirements.

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Craig Durrheim - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Craig Durrheim

 Business Development Manager, Danfoss drives

Solar Pumping Solutions and Considerations when Installing VSD’s

Craig qualified as an Electrical Engineer in 1986 and has been involved with Industrial Automation systems and solutions for more than 30 years. Having worked in manufacturing as a Project Engineer, and then in technical sales as a System Engineer Craig gained experience in Automation requirements related to SCADA and PLC systems and the integration with power systems being switchgear and VSD solutions. Over the past 4 years Craig has been involved with Danfoss Drives totally focused on Variable Speed Drives and the auxiliary equipment required for a complete solution.

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will be in two parts with the first part looking at solar pumping solutions. The second part will then focus on the use of Variable Speed Drives (VSD’s) looking at the following: - • Why do we use VSD’s? • What impact do they have on? - - RFI - Harmonics - Heat loss - Motor insulation • How are VSDs affected by the environment?

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James Balzary - WineEng 2018 Speaker




James Balzary

 Founder and CEO, Ailytic

Decision Making in Winery and Packaging Operations - Optimised Scheduling and Real Time Monitoring

Previously Director Software – Schneider Electric and Global Sales Director – SolveIT Software

James is currently CEO of Ailytic Pty Ltd, an Australian based decision analytics software company focussed on enabling manufacturers to compete on a global scale utilising predictive analytics, artificial intelligence optimisation and cloud platforms.

James' background couples strategic management and technical expertise in global software technology environments with an operational background. Proven in management, strategy, operations transformation, technical consulting, business development, marketing, sales and product strategy, growth initiatives and channel/partner management.

James has spent the last 12 years in enterprise software environments across a broad range of industries and geographies and currently works with many of Australia’s leading wine companies. James holds a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours from James Cook University, North Queensland

Presentation Abstract

The nature of the upstream wine supply chain from intake to packaging and distribution has not traditionally leant itself to an integrated planning philosophy. Barriers exist due to organisational and operational differences. The recognition that winemaking has inherent similarities to many other demand driven manufacturing value chains is now long standing. Yet still, cellar, winemaking and packaging operations are struggling to understand each other in an integrated way and plans and schedules are fragmented with little integration into real time execution.

In this talk we will analyse some critical reasons why this is the case and explore the drivers of operational efficiency for improved decision making when allocating personnel, equipment and materials in highly constrained environments.

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Jose Miguel Amorim - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Jose Miguel Amorim

 Production Manager - Amorim

NDtech – Breakthrough Technology and the Industrialisation of a Game Changer

After excelling in his Masters in Mechanical Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal, Jose Miguel Amorim was chosen by Amorim & Irmaos, the world’s largest cork manufacturer, to implement a continuous improvement program in one of its industrial facilities. From here he was rapidly elevated to the role of Production and Operations Manager at a sister facility.

In 2016, Jose Miguel joined the team at Amorim Australasia, on secondment from Portugal, to lead the process of updating and reorganising the factory, implementing a continuous improvement program and managing day to day production. Jose Miguel Amorim, who is not related to the founding family, is recognised across the company as a high achiever. Whilst not directly involved in the project to industrialise the NDtech process, Jose Miguel’s knowledge of the process, his intimate knowledge of the product and his enthusiasm for the benefits to the Australian wine industry will capably translate the journey from concept to today.

Presentation Abstract

An obvious target for the cork industry is to eliminate TCA – the compound responsible for the musty aroma sometimes found in wines sealed with cork. In the past two decades there has been a lot of investment in prevention and cure which has largely fixed the problem, but until NDtech, there was no way to guarantee every natural cork as being TCA free. NDtech is a one by one, unit analysis of each cork. It sounds simple, but the journey from conceptualisation to industrialisation was not so easy and certainly not cheap. It involved new science and new technology, none of which existed when the idea for NDtech was floated.

Jose Miguel Amorim will share with you the story of NDtech, the collaborations, the failures and the triumphs and ultimately, the launch of an engineering masterpiece and technological game changer for the wine closures industry.


Kevin Jones - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Kevin Jones

 State Manager - SA – CAPS Australia

Energy Reduction in Compressed Air Systems



  • Qualified Mechanical Engineering Tradesperson (UK)
  • Technicians Certificate in Engineering (UK)
  • Diploma Management (TAFE SA)
  • Diploma Business (TAFE SA)
  • 10 Years in Pneumatic and Hydraulic systems; including automated machinery and control system manufacture and commissioning
  • 28 years in Compressed Air & associated systems; including design, sales and service (With a brief time spent in water and wastewater treatment)
  • Currently State Manager with CAPS Australia – based in Adelaide and managing a small local team in Service, Sales and Hire; of compressed air systems, nitrogen generation, power generation as well as air tools, hoists and winches


Presentation Abstract

Compressed air is a versatile, convenient and safe form of energy that is relied on heavily by most industries to drive equipment and processes in various applications. However, what most people don’t know is that compressed air is highly inefficient and horrendously wasted, resulting in excessively high energy costs.

This presentation provides an overview of compressed air as an energy source, where the wastage occurs, and how to identify opportunities to improve efficiency. Typically, a compressed air user can save up to 50% in energy costs by addressing to some fundamental issues, and this presentation demonstrates with some simple case studies what savings can be achieved with fast payback.

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Matt Howland - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Matt Howland

 Business Manager – Food & Beverage Australia - Proxa

Pre-Treatment of Winery Wastewater into the Future


Matthew Howland has over 16 years of experience in Australia in the treatment of water and wastewater in the industrial and Food & Beverage sectors, covering a range of technologies and processes, for example: Screening, DAF, clarifiers, dewatering, membrane separation, disinfection and physical/chemical and treatment.

He has in-depth knowledge in trade waste treatment systems and process design, as well as the integration of various processes and advanced technologies into complete treatment solutions. Having worked for major Australian engineering companies prior to joining PROXA, he has gained substantial experience within the Industrial and Food & Beverage sectors, product and process development, piloting, optimization, as well as technical support, account management of various Australian companies and government organisations with the aim of establishing cost effective solutions and business development plans to assist with customer decision-making process and sustainability objectives. Matthew Howland currently holds the position of Business Manager for (Food & Beverage Australia) market sector at PROXA (South Australia).

Presentation Abstract

A new winery wastewater pre-treatment filter technology that provides compact, flexible and cost‐effective solids separation for treating of primary wastewater. The Filter Unit has three critical processes – solids separation, primary sludge thickening and dewatering – which are performed in one compact unit that will outperform conventional pre - treatment systems.

The PROCOM Filter system is easy to install, low in OPEX costs, compact and takes up minimal footprint area that can handle large flows with a high T.S.S. removal rate. The presentation will cover an overview of how the system operates and a recent case study conducted on a 28,000t winery in New Zealand.

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Mark Campbell - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Mark Campbell

 National Business Development - Services – NHP Electrical Engineering Products

Asset Sweating


Mark Campbell is National Business Development- Services at NHP Electrical Engineering Products who is responsible for Services and Training as well as supporting NHP’s Sales team in South Australia, Northern Territory and WA.

Mark knows technology improves processes and makes equipment easier to work with however in certain cases our old equipment is left to run its lifespan without the necessary maintenance or plans to futureproof.

Mark has assisted with putting in place maintenance strategies and lifecycle management of obsolete electrical and automation hardware in the wine and resource companies across South Australia, Northern territory and Western Australia.

Mark is a qualified A grade electrician since 1998 and ran a successful medium sized commercial electrical contracting company in Johannesburg, South Africa until 2007. When immigrating from South Africa to Australia the decision was made to move in a commercial role with NHP in 2008.

Presentation Abstract

In today’s current economic times we all know the catch phrase “Do more with less” or “Sweating our Assets”. That is all good and well given the correct maintenance policy and procedures in place, however, your equipment, like all man-made equipment, has a finite life expectancy regardless of how regimental the maintenance schedule is. The risk with electrical equipment is not only does it protect ancillary equipment but also human life.

Regular inspections, services and lifecycle planning mitigates the risk of production downtime, costly repairs and injury to humans. With the correct plans, procedures and protocols in place for sweating assets these risks can be mitigated.

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Gerald Asbroek - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Gerald Asbroek

 Founder – Fiera Group Australia

Combating Black Winery Mould without Chemicals, Water or Energy


Gerald Asbroek is an experienced building maintenance professional, maintaining a vast array of structures operated by Australia’s largest wine making group for the first 19 years of his working life following which he spent almost 2 decades designing and constructing wine making facilities throughout Australia and overseas.

Some of his milestones were taking Australian technology to France in the form of a modular winery designed, built supplied and shipped to France and involvement with Wirra Wirra saw his passion spring to life and save and rebuild a legacy of the Potts Family in Mclaren Vale after a major structure collapse.

His dedication and unwavering need to answer the hard questions has seen him enjoy many of the changes he brought to the industry, with a sound trade back ground in electrical engineering , life in the Australian wine industry and travel provided the rest , self-accomplished he saw Fiera Group Australia rise in 2013 to again provide another challenging moment ,In collaboration with BATF China a new era has begun where Australian Engineering and innovation can be shared with the world but as always Gerald’s, legacy it’s not about what can be done rather , It’s how well you connect with the people around you in life to help them understand .

Presentation Abstract

This presentation will cover thin film technology, the engineered answer to address Black Mould growth on and inside Australian Wineries with the following aspects being covered:

  • Unanswered events surrounding Black Mould on modern winemaking structures 1970 to 2012
  • Conclusions and methods allowing initial design of and selection of the correct thin film coating including, film characteristics and operating design of the film
  • The 2013 trial site, method of trail and observations including conclusion and references
  • Supporting theories, conclusions and observations relating to mould arrival, mould and bio film formation, current practices to explain why mould reoccurs and what must be avoided when addressing mould in the wine industry including poisons, chemicals and silicones.
  • A brief outline of how the engineered product changed a surface mould once grew upon
  • Life cycle and engineering suitability. Batf China and Fiera group Australia
  • Short term maintenance verses long term comparisons taking into account energy, water, labour and plant protection costs.


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Ross Kennedy - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Ross Kennedy

 President & Founder – CTPM

The Importance of Effective Daily Management to Support Your Continuous Improvement Activities


Ross Kennedy B.Sc.(Eng), B.Com.(Mgmt), Cert IV Training & Assessment International Author – Understanding, Measuring and Improving OEE

Ross, who is Wollongong NSW based, founded The Centre for TPM (Australasia) in 1996 after more than 20 years of manufacturing and operational experience covering maintenance, production, operations and executive roles along with 5 years of international consulting experience

Ross has been actively involved with Lean since 1985 and the application of TPM since 1990. In 1998 he developed and launched an Australasian version of the very successful Japanese Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Methodology. In 2007 he developed an Australasian version of Lean and integrated it with TPM to create CTPM’s current TPM & Lean / CI offering. Under Ross’s leadership, CTPM has assisted sites throughout Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand and China to strive for and achieve Operational Excellence.

Ross works closely with management and frontline personnel to engage them into the on-going Continuous Improvement journey through a combination of mentoring, coaching, and formal training, supported by facilitating Cross-functional Teams, Area Based Teams, and Leadership Teams as they progress their improvement activities.

Sector experience includes Manufacturing, Mining, Process Industries, Utilities and Services. In the Beverage sector, apart from visiting wineries throughout Australia, NZ, USA and France he has worked with Casella Wines, Coca Cola Amatil and Coopers Brewery.

Presentation Abstract

To achieve Operational Excellence, organisations need a Continuous Improvement Strategy that includes the 3 critical parts of:

  1. Reactive Improvement focused on effective daily management;
  2. Stable Production Plan through Flow Logic to stop fire-fighting throughout their supply chain; and
  3. Pro-active Improvement to improve the business through technology & automation, projects & events, and on-going continuous improvement activities.

Sadly, poor prioritising of the 3 critical parts of a Continuous Improvement strategy is what we find happening at many organisations where the focus is on applying all the Pro-active Improvement tools with little work put into stabilising the Production Plan or having effective Daily Management. As a result, after many years little progress has been made in achieving the Operational Excellence targets that other best practice or world class organisations achieve because everyone is too busy responding to urgent day to day issues that keep reoccurring, or they are fire-fighting as the production plan regularly gets unexpectedly changed.

The content of this presentation is from Ross’s second book which will be published later in the year in USA, UK and Australia through CRC / Productivity Press in the USA. The title of the book is: Understanding, Measuring and Improving Daily Management – how to use effective Daily Management to drive significant process improvement.

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Dr Erwin Ona - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Dr Erwin Ona

 Senior Applications Engineer – 3M Australia

Winery Trials on Gas Control Using Liqui-Cel


Erwin Ona joined 3M Australia in 2013 as a Senior Technical Service Engineer for 3M Purification now called Separation and Purification Sciences Division in 3M’s Industrial Business Group. Erwin holds a Doctorate of Engineering and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Nagoya University in Japan. Prior to joining 3M, he has worked in R &D developing equipment used in wastewater treatment like filtration, ion exchangers and evaporators, where he has earned Japanese patents for the novel technologies. He has over 10 years of experience in R & D, manufacturing, process development, and technical support. He is currently working to support the development of filtration and separation processes for industrial, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical companies.

Presentation Abstract

Liquicel Gas Contactors are used in a wide variety of industries to precisely control the gas levels in a fluid. In the wine industry this means better control of CO2 and O2 in wine as well as the potential for significant savings in the use of CO2 and N2 in the winery. In order to evaluate the potential for the contactors in the local market 3M has built a trial skid and run a series of trials at a number of Australian wineries. This talk will cover the various applications covered and the results in comparison to the standard industry practices.

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Ragan Wood - WineEng 2018 Speaker




Ragan Wood

 Systems Sales Specialist – F&B – Pall Corporation

Striving to be DE Free in the Winery


Ragan grew up in the wine region of Gisborne, New Zealand where he began his career working for a local winery. After studying winemaking and viticulture at Tairawhiti EIT Ragan completed extensive back to back vintages across North America and Australia before settling in Margaret River. Ragan has over 12 years in the industry, most recently finishing his position as Senior Winemaker for a WA winery. Throughout his career Ragan has gained an extensive knowledge of filtration systems, their operation, capabilities and importantly how and when to integrate these systems into the production process to maximise wine recovery and quality. Ragan relocated to SA earlier this year and joined PALL as System Sales Specialist for Australia New Zealand.

Presentation Abstract

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a non-renewable resource, it continues to raise questions around Health & Safety and creates a real problem around disposal. But DE has become a key resource for filtration in Wineries and Breweries. Pall Corporation has developed filtration solutions that replace DE and now have more than 1000 systems filtering wine and beer worldwide. Since the first Cross Flow Membrane Systems started to replace DE in ANZ wineries, there are now more than 200 Pall Oenoflow systems in operation. The benefits of Crossflow Filtration at the Wine Clarification step are well known and include, not only the high degree of clarity, but also the consistency and reduction in wine movements and wine losses. The next step was to replace the DE consuming Rotary Vacuum Drum Filters (RVDF) for Juice and Wine Lees filtration. The focus of this presentation is to report on the use of Pall Oenoflow HS technology as a replacement of the RVDF, its ability to do wine clarification outside of vintage and therefore offering an attractive ROI.

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Forum - Cross Industry Oxygen Management Forum - WineEng 2018



Dr Simon Nordestgaard

 Senior Engineer – AWRI

Trends in Wine Production Technology & Future Challenges

Simon Nordestgaard has worked in wine industry research and development for a bit over a decade. This has included an engineering PhD relating to grape pressing and projects on heat stability, refrigeration efficiency, lees management, and wine transport. He has a passion for winery process and equipment innovation.


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Ulrich Mempel

 Head of Sales – Australia/Pacific – Krones AG


Too Good to be Wasted – Options when Changing Product at the Wine Filler & the Wine Line

Ulrich commenced his career as an apprentice brewer in 1994 at Augustiner brewery in Munich and in turn became a qualified brewer in 1996, following further studies he gained a brew master’s degree in 2000. In parallel to achieving his diploma Uli worked as a head brewer at Unions brewery in Munich. This was then followed by a period working for bottling and packaging equipment manufacturer and supplier KHS-Till GmbH until August 2004 when he joined Krones AG as a project manager and has since represented Krones in several senior roles around the world with his current role being Head of Sales for Australia/Pacific.

Presentation Abstract

In this presentation the following key points associated with bottled product will be looked at with the focus being on reducing waste and time.

  • Wineries are driven by value products and a huge quantity of different bottle shapes, labels and closures.
  • Wastage in product and in time are costly.
  • Every producer needs to focus on quick, simple and efficient change overs , as well as new ways of filling , also with any support to minimize losses.
  • What can be taken from other technology.
  • Where is the journey with PET and Glass.
  • Where are the hidden killers.
  • Where can wineries benefit from other industries.

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Dr Jean Macintyre

 Project Manager - Wine Innovation - Pernod Ricard

Cross Industry Oxygen Management Forum


University of Adelaide, BE (Chem)(Hons), 2002

University of Adelaide, BSc, majoring in Biochemistry and Applied Maths, 2002

University of Adelaide, PhD, Chemical Engineering, completed 2007

"Expression and production of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae haze protective factor 2 for sensory studies and further investigation into the role of glycosylation"

  • Optimised the overexpression of Hpf2, a glycoprotein involved in the clarity of white wine, and evaluated its sensory impact in wine

Australian Wine Research Institute, Project Officer, 2008 – 2010

  • Managed commercial projects, primarily focused on oxygen in wine through winemaking and packaging

Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Project Lead, R+D, 2011 – 2015

  • Manage cost and efficiency projects, including oxygen management, wine closure trials and alternative stabilisation methods 
  • Manage NPD of RTDs and developing prototype wine products

Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Project Manager – Wine Innovation, 2015 – present

  • Manage the PRW Australia research program focussing on viticulture and winemaking cost and efficiency projects
  • Manage NPD of wine products and RTDs

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Dr Martin Day

 Research Scientist – AWRI

Cross Industry Oxygen Management Forum

Born and educated in the UK, Martin Day studied Chemistry and undertook a PhD in France working on wine authenticity. After a decade or so working back in the UK on juice authenticity then progressing to scientific IT and knowledge management, he moved to Australia in 2006. He studied for the Master of Oenology at the University of Adelaide and worked vintage in several countries including Australia, France and New Zealand.

Martin has been a Research Scientist at the Australian Wine Research Institute since late 2009. His projects have included studying the effect of different winemaking approaches on the phenolics composition of white wines, designing and executing comprehensive vintage trials. Since 2012, Martin has been a lead researcher working on the use of oxygen to modify wine style in red and white wines. Benefits from early trials have included air injection into Vinimatics to minimise reductive aromas and soften mouth-feel. Current research is looking at the effects of different timing and duration of aeration during red winemaking while earlier trials looked at the effects of passive oxygenation through juice preparation and the effects of adding oxygen to white fermentations. The research work funded by Wine Australia has also included looking at different ways of getting oxygen into active ferments and measuring dissolved oxygen. Although of a scientific background, he sees the practicalities of implementing any new strategies or recommending equipment for use in a range of winery settings as paramount.

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Luke Wilson

 Senior Process Engineer - Yalumba

Cross Industry Oxygen Management Forum

Originally from Port Macquarie in NSW, Luke graduated from the University of Newcastle in Chemical Engineering in 2004. Upon graduation he moved to South Australia to follow his dream of working in the wine industry and joined Tarac Technologies as Process Engineer and Distillery supervisor. In this role he oversaw production of spirits, quality assurance and export coordination.

Luke joined the Yalumba Wine Company in 2008 and is currently employed as Senior Process Engineer. In the last 10 years, Luke has been focused on Process Improvement. Projects of note include the replacement of earth filtration with Crossflow membrane filtration (including the implementation of two high solids crossflow filters for lees and juice recovery, replacing more than 75% of the company’s RDVF requirements).

He has been involved in R&D activities, implementing fermentation sensors in red fermenters to continually monitor ferment progress in real time without the need for mixing or sampling. He has also been responsible for the installation of an inline filtration system for the bottling line, implementation of a Bottling Performance and Metrics system and involved recent upgrade to the bottling facility at Yalumba’s Angaston Winery. Luke has completed his Graduate Diploma in Oenology in 2014.




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David Medlyn

 Technical Brewer – Coopers Brewery

Cross Industry Oxygen Management Forum

David Medlyn is a born and bred South Australian who has worked with Coopers Brewery for sixteen years in various roles in both the engineering and brewing departments. As a degree qualified electrical engineer, he implemented many automated control systems in the brewery’s Leabrook and Regency Park sites for several years before he joined full time with the Coopers in 2002. He started with the engineering team leading the further automation of brewing processes and packaging lines. David is a member of the Institute and achieved his IBD Diploma in Brewing in 2005 after studying brewing not just within Coopers but also with the IBD in the UK and USA. He moved to the role of Technical Brewer in 2012 where he has led many continuous improvement projects and enjoyed helping produce the beer that has made this brewery famous. For David, brewing is a passion and he loves making, talking and enjoying beer.

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