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The picture shows the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel.
Let the good times roll: Starting September 21, about six million people from all around the world will be enjoying themselves at the Oktoberfest in Munich for two weeks. Traditionally, Siemens supplies drives and control systems as well as energy distribution for the festival's rides. Automation solutions from Siemens also control special beer pipelines – the only ones of its kind worldwide –that supply the Hacker, Winzerer Faehndl and Braeurosl festival tents with their tasty Oktoberfest brews. Because many breweries use Siemens technologies within their brewing process, Siemens doesn't only ensure fresh beer at the Oktoberfest.

Love Story

The power of love

The showman couple Irene and Alexander Kunz

Siemens technology at Oktoberfest: ghostly goings-on at the Geister-Schloss

How many love stories involve a ghost train? When Alexander Kunz joined Siemens as a young man he appeared to have a promising career with the company ahead of him. His path was mapped-out ready – all he had to do was follow it. But then, at the 1964 spring festival in his home city of Munich, he happened to meet and fall in love with the daughter of the owner of a ghost train ride. They married and he became a showman, but he has always remained a Siemens man at heart.

The power of love

The showman couple Irene and Alexander Kunz

A bat on the haunted castle

The front figures of the "haunted castle" tune visitors in on a ghostly adventure. The ghost train has about 40 horror effects hidden in the dark. The Kunz family has been continuously introducing innovations such as laser light or beamer shows as well as new effects – living ghosts – to bring a breath of fresh air into the business.

The Kunz family: happy travels with ghost trains

The funfair on the Wiesn fairgrounds opens in Munich on September 16, 2017. Alexander and Irene Kunz will again be there with their haunted castle ride, the "Geister-Schloss" and a particularly interesting tale to tell. Alexander Kunz was 16 years old when he started his training in telecommunications manufacturing at Siemens in 1961.

The Kunz family: happy travels with ghost trains

He met his future wife Irene in 1964 at a time when things in the ghost train family were far from straightforward: his future father in law was seriously ill and the very existence of the company hung in the balance. With heavy heart, Kunz resigned from his job with Siemens and set about saving the show family. This meant embarking on a completely new life with a rhythm all of its own: put the ride up, do the fair, pack the ride up again and drive on to the next venue, all in a matter of days and with barely a pause in between. It was a new and unfamiliar environment too and one that tended to take a critical view of outsiders like him, but his technical expertise and ability to fix electrical problems quickly and without fuss were enough to see him firmly accepted in his new community. The skills he had learned during his training with Siemens, it turned out, earned him respect as well as income.

The Kunz family: happy travels with ghost trains 

1967 was Kunz's first year as a showman on the Wiesn. Today, half a century later, the grandfather and his family have plans for a complete redesign of their ghost train. It is going to be bigger, better and even more of a draw. And it will again feature a wide range of Siemens technology.

The Kunz family: happy travels with ghost trains

The Judenhofer-Kunz family has a long history at the funfair on the Wiesn having first appeared on the Oktoberfest bill in 1923 – with a confectionery business. The ghost train era began after the war and the family, which attends funfairs all over Germany and elsewhere in Europe, has so far had seven ghost train rides. Their current "Geister-Schloss" (ghost castle), which has around 40 separate effects lurking in the shadows, has proved a great success. Time and again the family has seized on innovations (lasers and projector shows, for example) and new effects (there will be live ghosts in Munich) to keep its business steaming ahead.

Infographics

Paulaner beer pipeline - the right amount of beer with Siemens control technology

Every year, about six million liters of beer are poured at the Oktoberfest in Munich. Control technology and software from Siemens are used in three of the main festival tents to pump the tasty festival beer quickly and reliably from the tanks to the taps: via an underground pipeline loop.
Beer production

Beer production

In the modern high-tech brewery, everything is digitally linked through interfaces to production control systems. Quality data is automatically captured and work sequences defined by modules. Siemens supports the craft of beer brewing worldwide with its automation and control technology, thus ensuring efficiency, quality and flexibility.

Press Pictures 

Siemens technology at the Munich Oktoberfest

While the big tents are waiting in the “Wirtsbudenstrasse”, the “Schaustellerstrasse” attracts visitors with exciting rides. More than 150 fun attractions are available. Many of them use switching and drive technology from Siemens.

Siemens technologies at the Munich Oktoberfest: "High Energy"

High Energy is a power plant with supernatural power. It takes 30 daring visitors on a journey 30 meters above the ground. A Simatic S7 ensures controlled movements.

Siemens technologies at the Munich Oktoberfest: "Rio Rapidos"

The French-made Rio Rapidos Rafting Ride operated by Siegfried Kaiser jr. provides for fun with its bubbling torrents, unexpected rapids and with a Siemens Simatic S7 controller.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Modern technology for the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Not a drop of beer lost

Siemens offers the Sitrans LR250 HEA, a radar level transmitter that determines the contents of the tank without coming into contact with the product.

Siemens technologies at the Munich Oktoberfest: "Auto Scooter"

Based on date of manufacture, the Euroscooter is one of the newest and most modern bumper-car rides in the whole of Bavaria. A Simatic S7 controller ensures that the cars are controlled and run safely – despite mayhem on the deck.

Siemens technologies at the Munich Oktoberfest: "High Energy"

High Energy is a power plant with supernatural power. It takes 30 daring visitors on a journey 30 meters above the ground. A Simatic S7 ensures controlled movements.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Reliable technologies for decades: Almost all the drives and control systems used in world's largest mobile wild water ride are from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Control technology and software from Siemens are used to pump the tasty festival beer securely and quickly from the tanks to the taps, via an underground pipeline loop. In the taprooms, a so-called "Liter-Meter" indicates the exact rate of flow of the beer, like a speedometer. The system sends data on the quantities of beer sold and any error messages to the brewery and the taproom operator via SMS.

The picture shows Uwe Daebel, Head of the department of Filling and Packaging Technology at Paulaner brewery.   

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Control technology and software from Siemens are used to pump the tasty festival beer securely and quickly from the tanks to the taps, via an underground pipeline loop. In the taprooms, a so-called "Liter-Meter" indicates the exact rate of flow of the beer, like a speedometer. The system sends data on the quantities of beer sold and any error messages to the brewery and the taproom operator via SMS.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Control technology and software from Siemens are used to pump the tasty festival beer securely and quickly from the tanks to the taps, via an underground pipeline loop. In the taprooms, a so-called "Liter-Meter" indicates the exact rate of flow of the beer, like a speedometer. The system sends data on the quantities of beer sold and any error messages to the brewery and the taproom operator via SMS.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Reliable technologies for decades: Almost all the drives and control systems used in world’s largest mobile wild water ride are from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival’s rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Reliable technologies for decades: Almost all the drives and control systems used in world's largest mobile wild water ride are from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Modern technology for the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Modern technology for the Oktoberfest's Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Powered by a Siemens-Schuckert electric motor over 70 years old, the Journey to Paradise rollercoaster at the Historical Oktoberfest is still going strong. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Powered by a Siemens-Schuckert electric motor over 70 years old, the Journey to Paradise rollercoaster at the Historical Oktoberfest is still going strong. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival's rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Modern technology for the Oktoberfest’s Giant Ferris Wheel: the ride – whose 40 gondolas can carry up to 400 passengers – is controlled by a SIMATIC S7 controller from Siemens. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival’s rides and attractions.

Siemens technologies keep the show going at the Munich Oktoberfest

Powered by a Siemens-Schuckert electric motor over 70 years old, the Journey to Paradise rollercoaster at the Historical Oktoberfest is still going strong. With its drives and control technologies, Siemens has a long tradition of ensuring the smooth operation of the festival’s rides and attractions.

How clever electronics set the "Predator" carousel into motion

Predator Oktoberfest

Ready for take off! Here we go!

Really not recommended for the faint of heart: the forces at play in this ride act like a rocket launch. Apollo 13 style. A huge wheel bearing the passenger cars climbs skywards – and then tips over, ever so slowly, on its own axis. The gondolas pick up speed, the passengers grip their safety harnesses more and more tightly. Faster, faster, even faster still. A frenzy of spinning and tumbling without a break. A Simatic controller ensures the jaunt remains a fun Wiesn ride.

Contact

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Digital Industries

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