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Islay whisky manufacturer blends heritage with technology to deliver the perfect dram


With the 15-20 users no w able to access the system


Bruichladdich continues to use Epicor Tropos asTrr Tropos as the backbone of the


the backbone of the


ounded and headquartered on the remote Isle of Islay in the Inner Hebrides in 1881, Bruichladdich is a globally renowned whisk distillery, mainly producing singlemalt craft Scotch whisky. During its long history the


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distillery has had a number of owners, but prior to itsmost recent purchase in 2001 by Simon Coughlin was considered ‘sur


plus to requirements’ andMark Reynier, it


by its bigger establishment whisky manufacturing owners and had been closed since 1994. Coughlin and Reynier were keen to embrace this challenge and embarked on a tra nsformative journey t o not only build on Bruichladdich’s heritage in the whisky sector, but also recreate it into the Progressive Hebridean Distillers they are today.


Armed with a passion to innovate what they felt had become an increasingly conformist industry, the owners were especially keen to distil whisky that gave a nod to its Islay heritage and wa s


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distillery operations. The introduction of Tr means that there is


distillery operations. The introduction of TroposTropos means that there is at


greater automation in the business’s processes


greater automation in the business’s processes


With the 15-20 users now able to access the system remotely from a varietremotely from a variety of devices,of devices, the team atthe team at Bruichladdich continues to use Epico


created with authenticity, but was still a contemporary whisky brand.


The owners wanted to move beyond the industrialisation and self-interest that other organisations were exhibiting and focus on quality, people and


provenance. All of this was achieved by restoring the original Victorian machinery and ensuring that the barley remaine d 100 per cent Scottish.


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Reinvigorating the business back in 2001 was challenging for Bruichladdich. It was breaking into an industry that had


become dominated by a few key players. Despite this, Bruichladdich felt that the market was shifting in terms of what consumers wanted and saw a gap when it came to offering an authentic and craft whisky, one where the people/artisans are involved in every aspect of th e production process.


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In order to meet the company’s plans for growth, the business needed to look for a process software solution that would not only incorporate bottling, but help move financial reporting fromsingle-entry spreadsheets to an automated and reliable system. A big part of the change


was prompted by the need to streamline processes. Bruichladdich knew that this needed a significant investment in industry-specific manufacturing


software, an investment that seemed out of reach at the time due to the company not feeling large enough to warrant such an advanced technological solution. After searching for a suitable system, one that has UK Customs and Excise approval, Bruichladdich selected Epicor Tropos. The solution was particular ly suited to Bruichladdich as it was advanced enough to incorporate bulk stock control as well as bottling functions, so was the stand-out choice to deliver for the


business’s needs. This choice was further reinforced after attending a user-group and hearing about the experiences from other distilleries using Tropos, it was evident that the systemwould alleviate the current challenges facing


Bruichladdich and was advanced enoug h tomeet the future plans for the brand’s transformation and growth.


Since implementing Tropos, the


business has grown drastically. Originally distributing to around 20 countries, the business now distributes to more than 60, and growth shows no sign of slowing.


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Portal V14 project and the subsequent import of theminto the OPC Suite.


Echocollect supports theMQTT protocol, making the integration of process data from systemandmachinery into cloud solutions easy and reliable. Alongside OPC UA and other control protocols, the new version 7.10 firmware for the echocollect gateway includes publisher


functionality fromtheMQTT protocol. This also makes the echocollect gateway suitable for process data integration in larger-scale systems. Softing’s OPC UA embedded toolkit is based on the ANSI C standard and features a lowmemory footprint andminimal computing power requirements. It is suitable not just in firmware development for sensors and field devices, but


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