Total Instrument Control has over 35 years of providing quality industrial instrumentation, automation and control equipment to many of Tasmania’s industrial sites, including the food and beverage industry.
Running a distillery is not without its challenges and risks. The process of making hard alcohol, such as whiskey, bourbon and gin can be dangerous with the potential for a fire occurring from the release of flammable compounds such as ethanol which becomes explosive at 3.1% volume in air. (AS/NZS 80079.20.1)
During the distillation process, the heated wash vapourises the alcohol, which is condensed and then cooled. If not properly ventilated, ethanol can build up during this process in tanks, fermenters, stills and other equipment.
A single spark can ignite a fire or explosion, especially when flammable gases or vapours are present. It is vital to ensure reliable detection equipment with relevant IECEx certification for use in hazardous areas is used to detect leaks and buildups, to protect assets and staff.