The Local Distillery Boom: Leveraging Automation Technology for Quality Control


Much like current trends in craft brewing, Australian spirits manufacturing is on the rise based largely on boutique-scale operations. Since 2014, the industry footprint has grown from just 28 distilleries to over 350, of which more than 60% are based in rural and regional areas.

According to a recent overview of Deloitte, this can be attributed to the growing consumer interest in traceability of alcoholic products, with high quality local ingredients as the main asset. The focus is now on sustaining this domestic market, including the continued abundance of small lot offerings.

The driving force behind this will be the close monitoring of primary inputs and the adoption of innovative technologies throughout the distillation process. As an expert in advanced automation, Siemens strives to provide world-class technology products to distillation operations of all sizes. For Australian companies that cater to specialist consumer palettes, this ensures the ability to evolve over time without compromising signature flavors.

As part of its 150 year celebration in Australia, Siemens is showcasing its work across various industries, leading local showcases such as Archie Rose Distilling Co in Sydney, across the Over 150 Contest series. New prize sets are announced monthly, taking winners across the country to witness applications of groundbreaking technologies in action. The July competition is now open for entries, with a collection of exciting experiences in Sydney including five-star accommodation at Circular Quay, a climb of the Harbor Bridge, Maserati transport and a visit to the Archie Rose Distilling Co.

As one of Sydney’s first independent distilleries since 1853, Archie Rose Distilling Co. strives to redefine Australia’s rich tradition of spirits production. They have received several local and global accolades and recently opened the doors to a new state-of-the-art site in Banksmeadow. This expansion of their facilities has been designed as one of the most innovative distilleries in the world, with Siemens technology at the helm of their digitized infrastructure.

The introduction of automation into the distillation process has significant and tangible benefits, as it allows for quick and cost-effective management of quality control. When it comes to small distilleries or craft distilleries, using data to unlock the full potential of key equipment relies on scalable and bespoke solutions.

With a comprehensive portfolio of automation and data analytics products, Siemens has extensive experience in the beverage manufacturing industry for beer, wine and spirits. At Archie Rose, they facilitate automation for precise control of the distillation process and recipe management. In addition, their instrumentation helps control flow rates and visualize processes in real time, from production to batch tracking.

At a distillery site, there is a constant flow of information that can be captured and leveraged for an informed management approach. Consistency is key when it comes to beverage manufacturing, and full variable control becomes a reality with the installation of Siemens SIMATIC controllers, SINAMICS modular drives and the SCALANCE communication network.

While the artisanal feeling of the Australian spirits portfolio may seem synonymous with craftsmanship and manual work, digitization has been proven to complement the specialist approach by mitigating key risks. Investing in this scalable technology from the start will benefit a small to medium scale project as it expands, providing the ability to add modules and expansions to this system as needed.

To enter this Beyond 150 Sweepstakes, visit registration page before July 31, 2022.

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