February 19, 2018

A Better Brew – Benefits of Applying Systems Engineering in the Beer Industry

Wednesday April 18, 2018 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

(This event is free and open to all, including non-members.)

Location: NEW! This event will be held on location at White Labs Brewery, 9495 Candida St, San Diego, CA 92126 (Google)

This event will also include a tour of the White Labs Brewery! The tour will commense upon completion of the speaker’s presentation.

Webcast – This event will also be webcast over the Internet. This webcast will allow you to view the presenter’s slides and to hear his live presentation. Details will follow, including the specific web site / URL for the event. The webcast will start at approximately 6:25pm.

Date/Time: April 18, 2018, 5:30-8pm. From 5:30-6:30 is dinner and networking. The presentation should start approximately 6:30.

This includes an optional buffet for $10/$15. Please see below.

Title: A Better Brew – Benefits of Applying Systems Engineering in the Beer Industry


In the 1980’s, there were fewer than 100 breweries operating across the entire U.S. By the end of 2016, that number had risen to nearly 5,300. With that surge came a demand for purpose-built brewing equipment; largely based on proven designs from European equipment. As craft brewing began to push the limits of beer styles and brewing processes, the brewing equipment needed to change to provide the necessary capabilities.

Premier Stainless Systems produces brewing equipment for small and mid-size breweries, including overseas customers. While a core product line exists, each system is customized and hand built to the user’s specifications. All of this occurring over a development and production lifecycle of just 26 weeks.

This presentation will show how we apply systems engineering processes to design and manufacture custom brewing equipment to meet the needs of brewers. It will also detail how the systems engineering process is applied to the development of hardware-centric platforms. This presentation will also highlight some of the challenges of applying SE in an industry where most stakeholders are unfamiliar with SE processes.

Speaker: Tim Heath

Tim Heath is the Director of Engineering at Premier Stainless Systems in Escondido, CA. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and a M.S. Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Tim also acquired his CSEP certification in 2011.

Prior to joining Premier Stainless, Tim worked as a Mechanical and Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman for 9 years, was the Head Brewer at Fairhope Brewing Company for 2 years, and a consultant for Diamondback Brewing Company.

Presentation and Dinner:
The first hour is for dinner and networking. The optional buffet dinner starts at 5:30. This presentation should begin at approximately 6:30 pm. The cost of the buffet is $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and will include Persian food and soft drinks.

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Please RSVP so we can plan ahead for the correct number of attendees. Please contact us at info@sdincose.org for questions.

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