OWENSBORO, Ky. — In keeping true to the Distillery’s namesake, Orville Zelotes “Ty” Tyler, and his mantra “there is always a better way,” O.Z. Tyler teamed up with Louisville’s StructuRight Structural Health Monitoring Systems, to use real-time technology to monitor its rick houses around the clock. Through an App-based system created by StructuRight the distillery will be able to continually measure distance, angle, vibration, temperature, and humidity in the rick houses. All data, including any change notifications, will be transmitted to a cell phone via the app and it will include backup capabilities as well. O.Z. Tyler will be the first distillery in the United States to employ such a high tech system.
“We are always looking for new ways to improve operations at our distillery and are confident this new technology will do just that,” said Jacob Call, master distiller and director of operations at O.Z. Tyler. “After the recent partial collapse of Warehouse H, which was a weather-related event, we immediately began looking for better ways to monitor buildings to have the best possible measures in place to ensure the safety of our employees, neighbors and the community. StructuRight’s Smart Sensing Unit will provide us just that.”
StructuRight is a company that provides a brand new approach to internal and external structural and health monitoring for all types of structures. By installing its patent-pending Smart Sensing Unit inside (or outside) a structure, one can easily monitor in real time what is going on in terms of climate, humidity, moisture and more.
According to a representative from StructuRight, it’s like giving the structure a pair of eyes and ears in places such as rick houses that are typically more difficult to monitor.
“This is especially good news for master distillers who are looking for tools to enable them to craft their liquids with the best and most reliable data.”
StructuRight will work in conjunction with the structural engineers at O.Z. Tyler to make certain the monitoring points are exactly where they need to be for maximum effectiveness inside the rick houses. Installation is planned for September.
Call noted that the industry as a whole should always be looking for better and more efficient ways to monitor buildings.
“As a signature industry for Kentucky, we all have a responsibility to keep our buildings safe, secure and to protect the environment. I hope other distillers will follow suit and adopt the new monitoring system,” Call said.