Case Study – Glenmorangie Whisky Distillery

Glenmorangie, Broxburn, Scotland

Glenmorangie is one of the largest and most famous whisky distilleries in Scotland. The original Glenmorangie Distillery was founded in 1843, while the roots of the Glenmorangie Company can be traced back to 1893.

This case study illustrates the manual and automated pigging systems used by Glenmorangie and the reasons for their use.

Innovative Proccessing

Glenmorangie products have won and continue to win numerous awards and accolades. While traditional techniques are fundamental to the production of the company’s whiskies, new and innovative processes, such as product recovery, are also important.

Waste Reduction and Environmental Responsibility

By reducing waste, saving water and lowering the use of cleaning products, HPS product recovery and pigging systems benefit the environment. They help just about any company that processes liquids improve its environmental credentials. And Glenmorangie takes its environmental responsibilities extremely seriously.

ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems

Glenmorangie’s Environmental Management System, including its distilling process, bottling process, warehousing and office support, is certified to the ISO 14001 standard. This means that the company takes practical steps to measure its environmental impact, while continuously striving to reduce it. It is particularly important to the company to reduce waste, or ideally avoid it altogether.

Pigging System Designs and Objectives

Not only is waste reduction one of fundamental purposes of nearly all product recovery and pigging systems, HPS is also certified to the ISO 14001 environmental management standard.

HPS engineers and designers quickly demonstrated a clear understanding of the companies objectives, recommended the most suitable pigging systems and appropriate pigging system designs.

Manual and Automatic Pigging Systems

Glenmorangie’s product recovery solutions use a combination of manual and automatic pigging systems.

The lines installed and designed by HPS include two manual pigging systems from a tanker to the transfer lines. As well as recovering product, the pigging systems save water and cleaning fluids while speeding up changeover times. There’s also an automated pigging system from a tanker to the transfer lines. Automated pigging not only speeds up the process, it also reduces the chance of human error, which in turn increases overall system safety.

Bi-directional Pigs

HPS Hygienic (Sanitary) Pigs are bidirectional, meaning there’s no need to physically turn the pigs over when changing direction. This provides significant advantages in terms of speed, reducing manual input and simplifying the pigging system sequencing.

There are also another six automated pigging systems installed on Glenmorangie’s filling line pipework.

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HPS has delivered many highly successful product recovery and pigging systems to a wide range of whisky, wine and other beverage manufacturers. For more information about improving your liquid processing, please contact HPS.