Making spirit distilling more flexible and more efficient whilst maintaining important production traditions

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Digitalisation makes it possible to make important traditions more efficient

For example, the variability in size and volume of traditional wooden casks, combined with traditional filling methods, has meant that most casks still aren’t filled consistently or are overfilled. This issue is costing whisky distilleries precious productivity each year. Borne out of an innovation project with Diageo, Kigtek and University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre, we’ve developed a cutting-edge filling solution for distilleries preventing huge volumes of spirit wastage, whilst preserving traditional production methods. Our solution fills casks, regardless of their shape and size to your desired capacity every time, faster than ever before.

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Murray Blyth, Siemens Head of Distilled Spirits

A Scottish engineer with responsibility for the Distilled Spirits Sector in Siemens GB and I. Member of the Institute of Engineering Technology and Institute of Brewing and Distilling, working collaboratively with manufacturers with a passion for driving innovation to improve their business efficiency and performance.

 

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SISTAR® – the perfect mix.

The easily scalable process automation system

SISTAR ® process automation system is the first choice for process automation at facilities of all sizes in the food and beverage industry. It is economical, easy to manage, seamlessly scalable, enables fast engineering, offers easy reporting, is extremely stable in operation, and delivers precise results.

Plant Efficiency and Maintenance

Food and Beverage manufacturers are increasingly understanding the need to process production data on an even larger scale.

 

Siemens can help your organization to collect, connect, and convert your many sources of data into valuable information to help you measure and manage your operations. By connecting this data, an accurate snapshot of performance can be taken, unlocking root cause analysis and accelerated production improvement as a result. Complementing this, Siemens provides a comprehensive portfolio supporting condition-based maintenance to ensure plant efficiency.

 

Process Visualization

Opcenter Intelligence  

Operations Excellence

Smart Condition Monitoring

SIPLUS CMS 

Standardization

Standardization is the basis for digitalization. Siemens offers a standardization concept involving technologies, data interfaces, communications and integrated solutions.

For the soft drinks industry, for example, a standardized ready-to-use Line Integration System to integrate machines, from either the same or different OEMs, providing visualization and monitoring of performance as well as operating authority.

This system offers a concept that supports OPC UA with both OMAC User Group and Weihenstephan standards.

 

Standardization with TIA

Line Integration System

Flexible recipe control

You need an effective process automation system for distilleries?

 

SISTAR is a flexible, efficient process control system. It is perfectly scalable, offers the latest technologies, intelligent maintenance, and simple configurable energy management solutions. And thanks to the integration of IT and OT, you have maximum transparency over all processes.

 

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Tracking and Tracing

Product genealogy

By recording material movements with Opcenter Execution Process, the history of a product can be built up. The entire process of the production is trans­parent, and this ensures the reliability of sustainability claims, in the areas of human rights and labor.

 

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Trusted traceability

Blockchain technology enables products in the food and beverage industry to be tracked transparently throughout their entire life cycle –

from the field all the way to the kitchen.

Read our white paper to learn how we enable complete traceability for the

F and B industry with the help of this technology and the IoT OS MindSphere.

 

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RFID and locating solutions

 

Simulation

Siemens’ digital simulation tech­nologies allow processes to be tested throughout the production lifecycle to better understand the ‘what if?’ scenarios and optimize capacity. By creating a precise virtual model of a product, process or production plant, manufacturers can predict and analyze performance and can identify improvements before further financial commitments.

 

Simulation

PSE

Sustainability

Today’s Food & Beverage industries are facing tremendous challenges on the path to climate-neutral, economical, and high-quality production.

We help our customers to boost their productivity while supporting their sustainability goals so that they can optimize their buildings, production plants, auxiliary installations and power demand. We’re supporting them in the production of high-quality, nutritious food and beverages.

 

Energy efficiency

SiGREEN

Siemens DEGREE

Smart Financing

At Siemens, we can help you to identify the right technology for your needs as well as the means to afford it. Siemens Financial Services has an innovative range of finance solutions that remove the need for you to use your precious capital.

These solutions can be structured to support your exact cash flow require­ments and can be tailored to incorporate any additional require­ments such as software, service, maintenance etc. Our aim is to keep your cash positive, and we call this Smart Financing.

 

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IT/OT Integration

Horizontal and vertical integration means breaking down information silos and using all the data that a company generates. The optimal utilization of the data generated in production requires that Operational Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) networks seamlessly interact. Our Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) concept combines all required technologies to achieve this goal.

 

Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)

OT/IT Networks

Siemens Industrial Edge

Siemens IoT

Cybersecurity

Digitalization and the growing networking of machines and industrial systems also mean an increase in the risk of cyberattacks. Soft Drinks facilities are not the exception, appropriate protective measures are imperative. An approach that covers all levels simultaneously – from the operational to the field level and from access control to copy protection – is essential for compre­hensively protect industrial facilities against internal and external cyberattacks.

 

With “defense in depth”, Siemens provides a multilayer security concept that gives plants both all-round and in-depth protection as recommended by the international standard IEC 62443. 

 

Cybersecurity for Industry

Measuring % Alcohol by Volume (ABV)

Maximising productivity without compromise

Time-served production methods help distilleries develop quality products, but future proofing these processes, along with best in class calculations used to provide accurate multi-parameter measurements for optimal production and transfer of valuable spirit will deliver a process that is highly accurate and flexible to your business needs. Our % ABV solution delivers improvements in productivity and performance for distilleries, without compromising the quality of the end-product.

See the % ABV solution in action

Our solution uses the SITRANS Coriolis FC430 flow meter to improve the process and repeatability of the spirit while measuring the total alcohol produced. Instead of using a series of gauges measuring temperature and density, the Siemens FC430 flow meter has the flexibility to measure all variables efficiently and to high accuracy with data analysis that benefits the manufacturing process from start to finish. Check out the video below to learn more!

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Digital Threads

Master the challenges of complexity in manufacturing

Manufacturers are facing an explosion of complexity: In consumer-driven markets, demand for personalization and individualization is growing. New variants, produced fast and with highest quality, can be handled easier thanks to Digital Threads.

Discover the Digital Threads in the food and beverage industry

Digital Threads are a critical part of our Digital Enterprise strategy. Each of the five threads anchors in one of the Digital Twins from product development all the way to tracking the final product. The Digital Threads help solving the most important customer problems independent of company size and market. They can be implemented individually for each company, starting where value is created.

Boost agility and enhance resilience with smart financing solutions

Financial solutions for the food and beverage industry

The food and beverage industry is changing rapidly to cope with the changing nature of supply and demand, developing technologies, digitalization and new ways of working. Siemens supports them with intelligent and flexible financing solutions.

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Interactive production

Interactive production process

Our interactive graphics shows clearly the products and solutions that help you to optimize your processes and to meet the diverse requirements of your customers.
Digital Enterprise

The holistic approach to optimize the entire value chain

The production process in detail

The Digital Enterprise enables manufacturing companies to streamline and digitalize their entire business process, seamlessly integrating suppliers into the mix. They can begin at any point of their value chain, from product design to service, and can extend digitalization gradually, depending on their current needs.

Siemens offers the right solution for each step in the production process.

Discover Industry Services for brewers and distillers

Siemens offers services that increase the availability and efficiency of brewery plants and distilleries. Various services improve the system transparency and help to detect defects on electrical and mechanical components before they occur. They help to reduce energy and maintenance costs – you can schedule maintenance at the right time within the production cycle.    

Exclusive content

Benefit from our experts‘ specialized knowledge

Here you’ll find exclusive content – including white papers, videos, and other media – relating to trends, developments, and digitalization strategies for the food and beverage industry.

Integrate blockchain. Build trust.

How can companies ensure complete traceability and quality assurance, from the origin of resources to their customers? The answer is called blockchain – a revolutionary technology that provides the security you need to build trust. Gain transparency and traceability with Siemens Blockchain running on MindSphere.

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References

See how the brewers and distillers benefit from our solution portfolio

Many of our products and solutions are already being successfully used in the food and beverage industry. Below is a selection of these applications.

Advancing digitalization needs comprehensive security

In order to protect plants, systems, machines and networks against cyber threats, it is necessary to implement – and continuously maintain – a holistic, state-of-the-art industrial security concept. Siemens’ products and solutions only form one element of such a concept.

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