Maintaining a reliable and sustainable water supply is one of the key challenges for beverage producers, especially when downstream processing takes place at production sites. A bespoke water recycling system, designed and built in the UK, is recycling 65% of process water at one producer’s African site, directly resulting in an innovative new green tea.
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.
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.