Leeds-based Brewology has won a £200,000 plus contract from West London brewery Fuller’s to support its cask business.

The manufacturer was tasked with devising a de-keystoning and de-shiving solution for used casks which would achieve 380 casks per hour as an integral part of the new ‘robot line’ to streamline cleaning efficiency.

The company designed and built a Keystone Extractor (KSE), which is the first of its type to be produced by Brewology – on a fast-track system that resulted in designs finalised with Fuller’s in two months.

Production then commenced and the KSE commissioned ready to hit the demanding scheduled launch date on time.

More than 2,000 parts were tooled, with 1,200 crafted by Brewology engineers. The KSE and can handle a variety of cask sizes and has achieved 480 firkin (72pints) casks per hour.

Brewology managing director David Grant explained: “As a young, fast growing, Leeds business of engineering craftsmen supplying to beer craftsmen, we were especially delighted to help London’s most historic but forward thinking brewery with their investment for the future.

“This is a fine example of Brewology working with the customer to create a bespoke solution to a complex challenge on time and on budget. From our Leeds base we are offering cutting edge brewing technology to a burgeoning industry nationwide.”