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Emerson Coriolis meters handle fiscal metering application

Emerson Coriolis meters handle fiscal metering application
July 21, 2010 - Caviro Distillerie S.r.l., one of the leading Italian agro-industrial groups, has installed Emerson’s Micro Motion Coriolis mass flow meters at its plant in Faenza, Italy. The installation is part of a project to upgrade the control and supervisory system at the plant, which produces wine and denatured alcohol and also processes the by-products into agricultural chemicals. The Micro Motion Coriolis meters meet the company’s need for highly accurate measurement devices that are accepted by the regulatory authorities for fiscal metering of alcohol products.

Most of the processes at the Faenza plant are continuous and operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. One exception is the denaturation unit, which manufactures product in batches. The process adds various chemicals to alcohol to make it suitable for further processing and also make it unfit for human consumption. Micro Motion Coriolis mass flow meters accurately measure the alcohol and precise mix of denaturation additives as they are discharged into a road tanker parked in the loading bay. The chemicals then mix within the tanker to produce the denatured alcohol.

Alcohol that has not been denatured is subject to excise duty and therefore the denaturing process is closely monitored by the company’s finance office to ensure that the excise duty is removed from that portion of the plant's output. The Micro Motion meters provide the extremely accurate measurements that the finance office needs to satisfy the revenue authorities.

“In order to obtain a precise measurement of the alcohol and the dosage of the various additives, we searched the market for mass flow meters that were capable of guaranteeing an optimum level of precision and operation reproducibility,” said Gabriele Bassi, responsible for the instrument engineering department at Caviro.

“We needed to ensure the meters were accurate enough to satisfy the fiscal authorities,” explained Alessandro Catani, responsible for Caviro Distillerie S.r.l. Utilities Management. “We compared the specifications and performance of the various devices that are available and specified Micro Motion Coriolis flowmeters for this demanding application.”

The plant upgrade project was based on Emerson’s PlantWeb digital plant architecture, which included a DeltaV digital automation system, AMS Suite predictive maintenance software, and intelligent field devices including the Micro Motion Coriolis meters, Rosemount pressure and temperature transmitters, and Fisher control valves.

About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, metals and mining, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. A division of Emerson, Micro Motion, invented the first practical Coriolis flowmeter in 1977, and is consistently rated as the world's leading Coriolis flowmeter supplier, measured in both technology and customer support. Micro Motion technology and expertise plays a key role in the Emerson mission of combining superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Emerson brands include: PlantWeb, Fisher, Syncade, Micro Motion, Rosemount, Daniel, DeltaV, Ovation, and AMS Suite.

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