MICADO digitizes the distillation of natural oils
Revolutionary Industrie 4.0 application at Brüder Unterweger GmbH.
 
The company Brüder Unterweger GmbH is one of the most successful East Tyrolean traditional companies and has been working for over 100 years with the processing of essential oils and the production of natural cosmetics. The distillation of sensitive natural oils has been a core process in this traditional company since the beginning and requires very sensitive manual work, but above all, years of experience of the employees.
High-quality natural products are currently in trend, meaning the demand is constantly increasing. In order to cope with increasing demand, the company Unterweger has expanded its capacity with a new production building (investment sum of 4.0 million euros). In a record time of just 8 months, it has managed to construct a new production with 3 highly complex vacuum distillation plants. The domestic automation partner MICADO has played an important role in the implementation of the distillation process.
Andreas Dorer (Technical Manager MICADO AUTOMATION GmbH): "At the start of the project, external authorities predicted that it would be impossible to sustainably automate such a complex distillation process. Nevertheless, we did not let ourselves be intimidated and have proven what is possible with courage, planning and competence in the field of automation."
Since September 2018, all facilities have been running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, completely autonomous. The production has increased more than tenfold, while the employees have been relieved.
The distillery experts at Unterweger specify important process parameters and monitor the quality of the natural oils. The system records all relevant process parameters and automatically generates production reports. The systems are controlled by a specially developed control centre with more than 10 screens. Using high-resolution camera systems, the process can be easily monitored from the control room, or even from home. In addition, the employees are informed at any time about the status of the systems via SMS. In order to control important parts of the systems on-site, the employees are equipped with state-of-the-art tablets.
 
More about the company: www.unterweger-oils.com
The company Brüder Unterweger GmbH is one of the most successful traditional East Tyrolean companies and has been processing essential oils and manufacturing natural cosmetics for over 100 years. The distillation of the sensitive natural oils has been a core process in the traditional company from the very beginning and requires very sensitive manual work, but above all many years of experience on the part of the employees.
High-quality natural products are currently in vogue, the demand is constantly increasing. In order to cope with the great rush, the Unterweger company has expanded its capacities with a new production building (investment amount 4.0 million euros). In the record time of just 8 months, a new production facility with 3 highly complex vacuum distillation systems was created on the green field. The local automation partner MICADO plays an important part in the implementation of the distillation process.
Andreas Dorer (technical manager MICADO AUTOMATION GmbH): “When the project started, external agencies predicted that it would be impossible to automate such a complex distillation process in a meaningful and sustainable manner. Nevertheless, we were not intimidated and have impressively demonstrated what can be done with the courage to take risks, targeted planning and competence in the automation area. "
Since September 2018, all systems have been running inexorably in 24-hour operation, 7 days a week and completely autonomously. By relieving the workforce, production could be increased more than tenfold.
The distillation experts at Unterweger specify important process parameters and monitor the quality of natural oils. The system records all relevant process parameters and generates production reports fully automatically. The systems are controlled by a specially developed control center with more than 10 screens. The process can be conveniently monitored from the control room or even from home using high-resolution camera systems. In addition, the employees are informed at any time about the status of the systems by SMS. In order to control important parts of the systems directly on site, the employees are equipped with the most modern tablets.
More about the company: www.unterweger-oils.com