As the largest manufacturing centre for the Britvic group, the Rugby factory produces around half of the group’s soft drinks. With increased sales for popular brands, such as Pepsi, Fruit Shoots and J2O, manufacturing output needed to grow to fulfil this demand. Increasing the supply of the principal ingredient, purified water, was critical to meeting new targets. Only a holistic approach to this complex and challenging manufacturing environment could deliver results and set in motion a continuous improvement approach to water treatment and water purification solutions.
Williams and Oakey Engineering Co. Ltd is a Precision CNC Machining and Powder Coating company, employing over 60 staff. As with any process line, rinsing is a key factor. Due to the quality of finish required water quality of < 50 μS/cm is needed at two of the rinse stages to ensure the treated products are suitably rinsed and ready for the next stage of production.
The Tulip Food Company production site in Ålborg had a somewhat dated water softening unit. An initial survey revealed both water and salt consumption to be very high compared to the EcoSave units currently being offered.
Following a review of Marston’s existing duplex softening plant and corresponding steel vessels, a series of upgrades were recommended and undertaken. The systems are designed as fully automated duty and standby for 100% duty 24 hours a day.
Water is a vital component in the can making process and Crown insisted on sourcing the latest sophisticated water treatment technology. Their goal was to recycle 90% of the water used in production. EWS worked closely with Crown to deliver a number of different water treatment solutions throughout the manufacturing process. EWS quickly advised Crown that the local towns water supply needed treatment to bring it up to the required standard.
A water treatment solution consisting of leading edge engineering design, 3D modelling and project management, alongside offsite manufacturing, has enabled Britvic to expand its production capabilities at its Leeds UK facility from 70m³/hr to 200m³/hr.