Technology that makes a difference!
Several factories at HCCB use ErgoBloc-a small idea that has made a big change at our factories. This technology has helped save electricity and water, while increasing speed and maximising output.
Earlier, the process required the blown PET bottles to be conveyed through long air rails which involved consumption of electricity. Also, the filled bottles were warmed with hot water spray thus consuming a good amount of water.
But with ErgoBloc technology, the bottles do not have to be passed through the air conveying rails, and within a block, they reach the filling machine. Subsequently, the filling happens at a much higher temperature (15-17 degrees Celsius) than the earlier process. Thus the product warming process has been eliminated, which saves a good amount of water.
At Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages, we understand the importance of saving our resources today and consider ourselves responsible for shaping tomorrow. After all, a stitch in time saves nine!
The Perfect Bottles for Your Favourite Beverages
Ever wondered about the stringent processes behind the making of the PET bottles that contain your favourite drinks? It is actually a very intriguing journey and a thorough procedure.
A series of processes, which have been perfected across decades, go into the making of every PET bottle at the HCCB factories, which is then filled with different beverages like Maaza, Sprite, Minute Maid and others. Here is how it happens:
Resin Drying: At first, the PET resin is properly dried to attain the optimum utility and appearance of the bottle. Then the PET pellets are heated to the optimum drying temperature, which is a prerequisite for good drying. This is due to the PET polymer's high propensity to absorb moisture from the environment. Higher the drying temperature, the more quickly and thoroughly the PET dries. Efficient drying thus prepares the PET pellets to achieve the characteristics required for use.
Injection Moulding Process: Next, the pellets undergo a plastic injection moulding process, which produces countless high quality parts with great accuracy and high speed. Plastic material in the form of granules is then melted until soft enough to be injected under pressure to fill a mould. As a result, the bottle shape is replicated in every unit. Material for the part is fed into a heated barrel, mixed and forced into a mould cavity, where it cools and hardens to the configuration of the cavity. After this, the pre-form comes to the Hindustan Coca-Cola factory.
PET Blowing Process: The final step of the process involves the use of the blow-moulding machine. In this machine, the pre-forms are initially heated to make them malleable and are then blown with high-pressure air in a mould to give them the desired shape.
After the completion of this process, the bottles come and are filled with various beverages after various quality checks.