Fermenter manufacturing

About 10 years ago, Bioengineering AG launched an experiment. The company asked a young graduate in the scientific illustration discipline to transparently depict some of the aspects of fermenter manufacturing. The assignment specified that the form and function of the components should reflect the (then applicable) state of the art

The hand-drawn illustrations provide laypersons with interesting insights into fermenter engineering. For experts, they present the technical foundations on which Bioengineering AG develops its solutions – despite the fact that our craft is subject to ongoing evolution. Numerous technical innovations lie between the first set of drawings and the publication of the book. At Bioengineering AG, they are applied on a daily basis in the designs of our systems.


In 2004 and 2005, Swiss artist Rudolf Butz investigated the forms and functions involved in fermenter manufacturing at Bioengineering AG. His work on transparent acrylic glass offers fascinating and surprising new views of our products. The exciting result of his observations prompted us to dedicate a book to the beauty of technology as expressed by the artist’s pictures and the illustrator’s scientific drawings.

The book showcases transparency, form, and function in a multifaceted way.

The dash

At first sight, fermenter manufacturing and art may have little in common. But industrial production and aesthetics do meet in the real world and in human perception as outlined in Ludwig Hasler’s essay “Man, what a beautiful machine!” In his preamble to our book, the publicist and philosopher succeeded in sounding out the polarity field between machines and aesthetics with remarkably differentiated subtlety.

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