St Kilian Whiskey Distillery

Rockbrook’s first overseas whiskey distillery automation project was successfully delivered in Germany.

Project details

St Kilian whiskey distillery is located in the foothills of Rudenau south of Frankfurt. Significantly it is currently Germany’s largest whiskey distillery and Rockbrook were proud to be selected to automate it. Notably for a German distillery their production methods follow in the footsteps of the Scottish whiskey tradition. The malt used is 100% barley malt sourced from Germany and the Scottish highlands which has produced a number of award winning single malt whiskeys. The distillery has a current capacity of 400,000 litres per annum.

This was a newly developed whiskey distillery on a brownfield site. As such, Rockbrook were requested to provide a fully automated system utilising PLC controls and SCADA. The Process control system is based on Siemens WinCC and Profibus DP. As a result it facilitates the complex nature of communicating with remote IO panels. The system controls and supervises over 900 IO points.


Hauptstrasse 1-5, 63924, Rüdenau, Germany

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