Sales Soar for Microdat DeShive DeKeystone Machines

This summer has seen the final production of Tetley bitter in Leeds on a cask packing line which, when it was installed in the mid 1980s, was the most automated in the world.
Stephen Midgley the owner and founder of Microdat was parachuted into Tetley’s in 1986 as a new engineer to the brewing industry with a remit to address challenges associated with their new packaging plant.  At the heart of this new plant was a Cask Pre-Washing machine with a fully automated deshive and dekeystone system.
For those not familiar with deshive and dekeystone it’s perhaps a term we may all need to re-learn due to the growing interest in cask conditioned beer. The shive is the bung in the side of a cask and the keystone is the tap plug in the end of a cask.
The original C A Neubecker machine installed at Tetley’s was replaced in the mid 1990s by a Microdat Mark1 style deshive & dekeystone machine.
The world is a very small place and things have very curious links and it is true of the DS DK system.  The first of the Mark1 DS-DK machines was installed at Banks’s Brewery Wolverhampton. In January 2011 Microdat installed a new Mark2 DS-DK machine.
On the 2ndSeptember 2011, Microdat will replace the last of Greene King’s Mark1 DS-DK machines.
2011 has seen a bumper year for Microdat’s DS-DK Mark2 range of machines with Microdat receiving an order for its 11thMark2 machine - 6 machines in 10 months.  The latest order for a DS-DK machine is part of a major new cask packaging line for St Austell brewery.
Says Steve Midgley: “It’s been a very long hard slog supporting cask ale production over the last 30 years since my early days at Tetley’s.  Perhaps all that hard work is at last paying off. The real question is how many more DS-DK machines will Microdat sell? Perhaps I should take a DS-SK machine to the 2012 American Craft Brewers Conference and go talk to Sierra Nevada Brewing Co as they are now exporting cask conditioned ales to the UK.”