A desktop application developed in Python with PyQt5 to predict demand and help
monitor and schedule brewing processes for Barnaby's Brewhouse.
These instructions will help you to get the software for Barnaby's Brewhouse
running on your computer.
Python 3.7.0 or later is required for this software to run. It can be downloaded
from Python's website here.
The following Python modules must be installed, as they are not built into the
Python installation by default:
- pandas [for CSV handling]
pip install pandas
- pyqt5 [for user interfaces]
pip install pyqt5
Main Window and Sales Predictions
Start running the software by opening
brewhouse.py in your integrated
developer environment (IDE) of choice, such as PyCharm, Visual Studio Code, or
IDLE, and running the Python file from there.
Alternatively, you could navigate to the file directory where the files have
been saved in your operating system's terminal using the
cd followed by the file directory). Then, you can run
with the command
This will open the main window for the software. You will be presented with the
total sales, sales ratios, and average monthly growth percentages from the
existing sales data. You can predict sales by entering a month, and the
software will display an estimate of the volume of each beer which will be
ordered that month based on the average monthly growth in sales for each beer.
It will also give advice on which beer should be produced next, based on which
beer has the largest volume deficit. This advice can be useful when managing the
production process in the
Process Monitoring section of the software.
At the top, you can navigate to other sections of the software; there are
buttons to navigate to inventory management and process monitoring.
Inventory Management button will open a dialog which displays the current
inventory of each beer in Barnaby's Brewhouse in terms of both volume and
number of 500 ml bottles. You can also add or remove volume of a given beer by
selecting the beer recipe and volume, then clicking on a button to
Add to Inventory or
Remove from Inventory. The application intentionally
allows negative volumes so that debts of volumes can be accounted for. The
inventory manager automatically saves whenever the user makes changes.
Customer orders can be added in from the
Inventory Management section as
well. The user can add an order ID, beer, and volume to record the customer
order. Once they've dispatched the order, they can record the dispatch by
entering the order ID, which will remove the volume of the appropriate beer
from the inventory of the brewhouse.
Process Monitoring button will open a dialog which displays the
availability of tanks for fermentation and conditioning, and ongoing brewing
processes. You can start different brewing processes as long as any
prerequisite processes have been completed for the appropriate beer and volume
at the time.
Starting a hot brew does not have any prerequisites. Fermentation has the
prerequisite of a completed hot brew. Conditioning has the prerequisite of
completed fermentation. Bottling has the prerequisite of completed conditioning.
Once a valid process has been entered and started, it will be shown in the list
of ongoing processes. From here, you can see the type of process, beer recipe it
is being performed on, the tank it uses (if applicable), volume, and
completion time. The ongoing process list is always up to date, and it will
react to a process as it is started or aborted. This can be useful for checking
whether you will be able to start the next process, as you can see whether the
prerequisite process has been completed.
Processes can be aborted by entering the exact details of the process you would
like to abort. Aborting a process cannot be undone, so all details of that
process must be entered, as this will reduce cases of accidental process
When the bottling has been completed, it means that the full beer brewing
process has been completed. You can send completed bottles to the inventory by
clicking on the
Send Bottles to Inventory button in the
section. This will remove the completed bottling process, and add the volume of
beer to the inventory, which can be seen in the
Inventory Management section
of the software.
The application automatically saves all changes made in the
Upload Sales Data
Upload Sales Data button will open a small dialog which provides a form
for the user to input the details of their new sale. Once they click the
Upload New Sale button, the form will be checked. If all the fields have been
filled in, the new sale will be added to the CSV file.
Qt Creator was used to design the user interfaces
for this project in a what you see is what you get (WYSIWYG) editor.
was used to generate the base Python code from the user interface designs,
effectively converting the
.ui files to
.py files. I edited the generated
code to conform to PEP 8 guidelines, and added documentation to make the code
easier to understand. These generated code files are marked with the
_setup.py suffixes, such as
brewhouse_setup.py, and they were imported into
the other Python files such as
brewhouse.py so that functionality could be
developed for the user interface objects.