Vodka Distillery Flow Verification and Calibration – From the Emerson Automation Expert Blog

Article written by Jim Cahill on 6/17/2021 –  Read the Original Article


It’s always good to come across a story how automation technology improves the food and beverages we consume—especially in my personal opinion, the adult beverages. In a ProFood article, Passing the Test, Absolut Vodka shares their story of using diagnostics to assess the health and performance of their flow measurement devices.

Their plant 100 million liter per annum plant in Sweden [hyperlinks added]:

…uses Emerson’s Micro Motion Coriolis Mass Flowmeters and Rosemount Magnetic Flowmeters to measure mass and volumetric flow of the plant’s liquids. Both types of flowmeters are equipped with Emerson’s patented Smart Meter Verification (SMV) system, an in-situ, on-demand diagnostic tool that validates the operation of the flowmeter, verifying meter health and calibration without removing it from the production line.

Before SMV, they:

…had to pull its flowmeters from the production line and ship them to the supplier for external verification and calibration twice a year. That required Absolut Vodka to shut down production for at least two weeks each time it sent the meters to the supplier. In addition, the flowmeters could be damaged in transit. And most of the time, the supplier found that the flowmeters were performing efficiently and accurately…


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