Nuvotion visited a distillery to discuss an opportunity to modernise the control system for their two stills.

Control panel

Control panel

To give us a broad idea of their work flow, our hosts gave us a crash course in the general process of whisky distillation. Tasting whiskey directly from the spirit still was a new experience!

Spirit still

Spirit still

We had a general plan of how to tackle the system requirements before the visit, based on our initial conversations with the head brewer. What was discussed and experienced on site reinforced our conviction in the initial plan.

An x86 SBC (single board computer) will provide a hardware link with a variety of sensors. We will create a customised real-time display interface to visualise the most important data at a glance, with further layers of complexity accessible through carefully abstracted user interaction.

Wash still

Wash still

Temperature and flow sensors are placed strategically and serve separate functions, many of which are causally linked. Maintaining the optimum values for these causal links are crucial to keeping the distillery running at it’s optimum.

Data logging will integrate with the distilleries existing batch monitoring, enabling tighter control over quality and consistency.

Remote alarms to send critical messages will ensure downtime and problem batches are kept to a minimum.


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