Winery Engineering Association

National Conference

and exhibition

The 2019 Winery Engineering Association (WEA) Conference and Exhibition, WineEng 2019, will be held at the Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel, Nuriootpa on September 11 and 12.

The conference is a significant and unique event on the wine calendar.

It concentrates on many aspects of wine production, and is aimed at production operations personnel, including winemakers, engineering and maintenance staff, bottling and packaging management, general management and winery suppliers.

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The common goal for those who attend is to ensure that the Australian wine industry remains competitive both in the domestic and global markets.

The conference keeps key operational staff up to date with the latest global technological advancements, ensuring the Australian wine industry retains its competitive edge wherever possible.

Registrations for the conference and associated free exhibition opens at 8.30 a.m. on September 11. The conference will then commence at 9.30 a.m. with a welcome from the WEA President Ben McDonald.

The 2019 National Conference theme is ‘Future Planning and Risk Management’.

It will focus on ways in which wineries can improve productivity and reduce costs by being innovative and adopting new technology, therefore increasing the potential to add value to products via improved product quality, reduced wastage and improved efficiency.

In addition, delegates will be advised on how to manage potential risk areas such as the use of expanded polystyrene (EPS) based insulation and limitations associated with future water supply.

The latter subject of which will be addressed by senior representatives from both the Murray Darling Basin Authority and the SA Department for Environment and Water.

Key speakers will address such topics as: The introduction of digital technology commonly referred to as the 4th Industrial Revolution or “Industry 4.0”for wineries of all sizes; Energy management and procurement; Water Security, Supply and Reuse; Filtration Performance, Cost and Quality Control, and Insulation Issues in the Wine Industry.

In addition to the above sessions there will be a number of other areas of wine production covered over the two days of presentations which will provide opportunities to share and improve knowledge for the entire winery team.

One of the highlights of this conference will be a forum looking at issues associated with the use of insulation in wineries with particular focus being placed on the common use of EPS (Expanded polystyrene).

The forum will consist of a panel of experts who will look at: Types of insulation used in the wine industry to date and effectiveness; Alternatives available including both tank and building insulation; Risk management issues and Insurance issues.

Short formal presentations will be followed by a panel discussion including a Q & A with conference delegates.

Mr Trevor Leighton, Winery Engineering Association Executive Officer explained that the 2018 conference, which was also held at the Vine Inn Barossa Community Hotel, was extremely well attended.

“Feedback from the conference delegates and visitors to the associated exhibition was also very positive,” said Trevor.

“Many of them commented that they considered the event to be very beneficial to their business in the way that it allowed them to keep abreast of leading-edge technological advancements and practices.”

An integral part of this annual event is the great display of products and services available from Australian and international providers.

With the conference and associated exhibition being one of the few on an annual basis, it also provides an excellent opportunity for annual face to face networking amongst key operational staff, coming from wine producers ranging from small boutique operations to those representing large multinational wine companies.

The number and quality of trade exhibitors gathered in the one place at the same time also provides a similar opportunity to have face to face discussions with people who are experts in their field and willing to help.

To finish the event there will be the conference dinner.

“The WEA conference dinner is always well accepted and enjoyed by all who attend. It once again gives the opportunity for important networking in a relatively informal environment. And of course as always there will be a fund-raising section to support the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” said Trevor.

Meet some of the presenters

Danielle Thromp

Pall Corporation

Danielle is the Technical Specialist, Food and Beverage Australia and New Zealand, for the Pall Corporation.

Her topics will cover managing microbiological risk with PCR and automated integrity test devices.

Laurence Montgomery

AXA XL Risk Consulting

Laurence is the Senior Loss Prevention Consultant and Account Manager -at AXA XL Risk Consulting.

He will speak about the risks associated with the use of plastics in the wine industry.

Dimitri Giourgas

Australian Tank Insulation

Dimitri is the General Manager at the Australian Tank Insulation, and will provide an insight into tank insulation.

Joseph Davis

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Joseph is the Senior Director Operations Improvement of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority. He will speak about the River Murray Operations Outlooks and Risks.

Dr Paul Bowyer

Blue H2O Filtration

Group Oenologist/Regional Manager S.A – Blue H2O Filtration. Dr Bowyer will be discussing Filterability Measurement for Process Optimisation in Wine Packaging.

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