Western Tiers Distillery Project

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Client: SAGE Automation / StillSmith’s
Project: Western Tiers Distillery
Location: 67 Meander Valley Rd, Westbury TAS 7303

RBD is proud to have been involved in the successful delivery of the Western Tiers Distillery project. Instructions from the outset were that the installation needed to be of the highest possible standard, as The Western Tiers Distillery was a project designed to showcase not only the craftmanship of StillSmiths in fabrication of custom stainless steel vessels and copper pot stills here in Tasmania, but also for the ability to provide ‘turn-key’ solutions for prospective clientele including the complete installation and control system. The project has been a welcome addition to the heart of Westbury and has placed the town of Westbury on the map with respect to craft distilleries in Northern Tasmania. The project has exceeded the client’s expectations and is testament to both exemplary and quality workmanship. RBD has displayed a high level of professionalism through its collaborative approach in assisting the client to conceptualise their original vision for the project. The Western Tiers Distillery is an endorsement to RBDs reputation for consistently delivering quality results and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.

RBD worked closely with SAGE Automation and StillSmiths throughout the planning, construction and commissioning stages of the project. RBD was involved in designing the electrical installation from the point of supply, down through distribution to final sub-circuits and process instrumentation. RBD also worked in close consultation with the builder and architect, to ensure the electrical installation fitted in with the conceptual design and complemented the aesthetics.

RBD Electrical’s Project Works included:

  • Demolition: The existing building was completely stripped and taken back to a bare shell. Internal walls were removed and all fixtures, fittings and the associated wiring were removed.
  • Cable Supports: Cable trays were installed within the ceiling space down each side of the building. All exposed cable supports within the distillery were 316 stainless steel. Careful planning was taken with respect to the pipe / conduit layout and the associated droppers to the field equipment to avoid crossovers and care had to be taken with respect to classified hazardous area installation to avoid transfer of hazardous vapours. IS cabling was also segregated.
  • Switchboards: RBD designed the main switchboard / distribution for the café and process installation. Provision was also allowed for in the switchboard for a future mash tun installation and a future bottling facility.
  • Control panels: Several field control panels were installed around the distillery for the process equipment and associated distributed I/O. These control panels had to be positioned outside of the hazardous area.
  • Lighting: RBD were required to supply and install all general area lighting, exit and emergency lighting. The distillery building area consisted of LED high-bay lights and LED weatherproof battens. The café consisted of LED down lights, LED wall washers and suspended pendants that featured handmade copper light shades fabricated by Stillsmiths. Lighting was also utilised to highlight areas of the architectural design such as the native timbers. RBD also worked with the interior designer to provide feature and display lighting for the café décor.
  • General Power: The general power installation included installation of an industrial kitchen, HVAC system and general power outlets which were installed throughout the facility.
  • Process installation: The process installation consisted of Ex rated 3phase induction motors, level transmitters and flow meters; gas monitoring instruments, flow switches, proximity switches,  and temperature probes. RBD was responsible for all motive, control and instrumentation cabling and running all pneumatic lines.
  • Hazardous Area Installation: RBD was engaged to carry out the verification and suitability of the selected equipment, carry out installation of Ex equipment and wiring systems, carry out inspection and testing of Ex equipment and commissioning.
  • Communications: The communications installation involved Category 6 structured cabling and WIFI in the café and industrial Ethernet throughout the process area. A 19” communications cabinet was installed on the mezzanine level to house all communications equipment including a CCTV system, public address and audio system.

RBD Electrical are your state-wide electrical experts, with experienced professionals in all facets of commercial and industrial electrical services. No job is too big or small for the team at RBD Electrical, who utilise the latest technology and equipment to get the job done efficiently and to the highest standard. As TasNetworks authorised electrical contractors, you can rest assured that our electricians are highly skilled and qualified to handle any electrical requirements you may have. With offices in Hobart and Devonport, we are conveniently located to service all areas of Tasmania. Contact us today for all your electrical needs!

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