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05 February 2013

Ex-protected touchscreen HMIs for Scottish Whisky destillery

Ardmore distillery in Speyside, Aberdeen is one of the largest distillieries Scotland; founded at the end of the 19th century, the distillery has been rebuilt and  expanded several times during the last few decades. Now that the control system of the main distillery has been expanded to include the automatic valves of the external tank farm, operating and monitoring tasks can be carried out comfortably at a double station running Windows software and consisting of two R. STAHL Ex-protected 19-inch touchscreen PCs.

The fully automated system allows staff to control and monitor all phases of the distilling process from a central point. As Ewen McDonald, Contracts Manager at Advanced Electrics,  explains: “We chose the R.STAHL hazardous area PC system as the ideal HMI for the Ardmore still-house because of the flexibility of the Windows operating system, which allowed us to use the same software as the existing safe area HMI’s in other areas of the site. We were also impressed by the robust construction and build quality of the PC that we had on evaluation.” The Open HMI ET-456 is an easy to maintain product containing no fans, moving parts or batteries. The system is fully certified for hazardous gas and dust enviroments. For more information visit or please contact us at: / 0121 767 6400.

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