Drink cup, a great example of innovation in the field of bottled water for dispensers

p180_ehn2gt_frontcopie-originalDrink Cup is an Italian leading company in the bottling of water in PET bottles, repre­senting one of the most innovative and dynamic companies in the indus­try, thanks to its patents. Among the many in­novations that Drink Cup has introduced lately, one exemplifies the advantages that the company constantly look for not only for its customers, but also for the environment. This is the brand new SQUARE WATER BOTTLE that allows 30% extra storage and transportation of bottles for the same size. This means a reduction in the storage space for customers and a reduc­tion in pollution to de­liver the same amount of water.

The owner of the com­pany, Marco Antonio Ferrero, explains that his factory is located in the fascinating Furlo Pass in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. The factory bottles the water that springs from the heart of Furlo Pass Natural Reserve. The environ­mental awareness is also testified by the recent 400 megawatt photovol­taic system that has been installed on the roof of the production fac­tory, which guarantees self-power generation for the factory, allowing the plant to be self-suffi­cient: each bottle is thus produced using solar energy. Moreover, in the factory the lighting is generated by low-impact

LED lights or energy-ef­ficient fluorescent neon lights, and the heating is obtained by recovering the heat produced dur­ing the production pro­cesses.

Before the bottling phase, during the clean­ing and sanitising pro­cess of PET containers, Drink Cup has banned the use of detergents and polluting chemical agents, employing only self-produced ozone. Similarly, the objective of ‘zero environmen­tal impact’ is pursued through the use of PET, an easily recyclable plas­tic material. The com­pany collects from their customers the empty bottles which are then shredded and reused to produce new non-food containers or synthetic fibers for the clothing or the automotive indus­try.

The factory has a pro­duction capacity of over 4,000,000 bottles per year, with production lines and a high-tech warehouse featuring:

  • 6.000 sqm indoor;
  • storage capacity of over 300,000 bottles;
  • more than 2.000.000 sqm of area of appur­tenance ensuring pro­duction quality;
  • an internal lab accredit­ed by ACCREDIA, the National Accreditation Body, where two expert biologists constantly analyse the water so that all production lots are monitored in real time, continuously updating a complex system of HACCP and ISO 9000:2008 for the management of the entire production cycle.

joog-14And there’s more in terms of innovation. Drink Cup has also designed and licensed an innovative system for the construction of wells for drinking water, which was developed by a startup called Water Wells. This startup was created to promote the commercial develop­ment of a simple and clever idea that revolu­tionizes the way in which wells for drinking water are designed and built, with the following ad­vantages over traditional technologies:

  • energy consumption is reduced by 10% – 60%, thanks to the decrease in pressure drop;;
  • installation time and costs are reduced as well as ordinary and extraordinary mainte­nance, thanks to the chain installation;
  • no need for sanitizing treatments since the proliferation of bacte­ria is prevented inside the well;
  • the wells are safe from aquifer pollution or attempts to sabotage (since they are isolated from the external en­vironment and under pressure);
  • this technology can be used both on new wells and on wells already in use;
  • without feed pipe.

In order to upgrade its production line accord­ing to the growing pro­duction, such an innova­tion-oriented company could only work with an innovative supplier.

Drink Cup partnered with Atlas Copco Ita­lia, a company that has made innovation one of its core values, and chose their high pressure compressor P 180-50. Introducing this new compressor has helped to reduce the plant en­ergy consumption from 0.6 kWh/bottle to 0.4 kWh/bottle. In the pro­duction of PET bottles, the total absence of oil or polluting substances in the pressurized air is essential. Atlas Copco P compressors not only provide high quality air, they also offer a high level of energy efficiency and productivity, helping to reduce unit costs.


Nitrogen for beverage

Gas self-production means lower operating costs and significant cost-savings. The range of Atlas Copco generators have been designed in order to converge the need for low cost productivity. Looking at the technological developments of recent years, looking at ease and streamlining of productive reality.

Focus on the sustainability of the shelf life of the products of this sector.It is known that the Food & Beverage sector is a member of the “additives”, recognized and authorized by the Italian and European legislation. In this case, we talk about gases (or gases mixtures) that prevent the organoleptic and nutritional characteristics of the product from deteriorated over time.

The use of controlled atmospheres is the more the product quality has to be preserved for a long time, as, for example, in the export of products of excellence of our country.

Soft drinks, wine and beer are generally the products of interest, but also for the packaging of water in plastic bottles: the slight overpressure allows the use of containers with thinner thickness, without causing problems of transport.

Leader in sustainable technology and con- tinuous innovation, Atlas Copco offers two complete ranges of Nitrogen generators through which it has become a valuable partner to the largest national and international production companies.

Efficiency and technology characterize the NGP and NGP + nitrogen generators and the whole chain of compressed air and air treatment, of which Atlas Copco can proudly de- fine itself only supplier.

Copco are reliable in time and provide a continuous and efficient production.Who uses the solutions to the self-generation gas Atlas Copco can test a real economic savings and improved reliability of production, given by continuously monitoring parameters even remotely.

All these targets are achieved by working on the applications of our partners and developing customized projects.


Aq: innovative type of oil-free air compressor

The AQ is by far our most innovative type of oil-free air compressor: it combines the advantages of a screw compressor with the guarantee of 100% oil-free air.

Did you know the AQ is even the most efficient type of oil-free compressor in its range? The water in the AQ is used as a lubricant, but it also seals and cools the compression element at the same time.

Water has an excellent cooling capacity, enabling lower compression temperatures. As a result, the AQ is more energy efficient than other oil-free compressor technologies

Oil-free air for a specific application: beverage 

Atlas Copco extends its AQ water-injected screw family now available from 15 to 55kW. This new product range brings reliable, ISO 8573-1:2010 Class 0 certified, oil-free air to the most sensitive applications e.g. medical, pharmaceutics, food & beverage where air is in direct contact with the product. For example, in the vinification of red wine, air is sometimes used to break the straw hat. Today, there are solutions that optimize this effect. For example, a newly solution recently patented by Parsec Srl in Florence, is the Airmix- ing M.I.® (Modulated Injection) which uses compressed air to create more variable duration jets that, combined suitably, allow to produce waves that completely disintegrate the straw hat by immersing it with liquid, without violent mechanical actions or moving organs that could create dregs. Advantages? Effective extraction of the entire hat, reduction of vinification time, easy grubbing and, moreover, the system is flexible and can be installed on existing tanks. Another field of application is the manufacture of preforms for PET, where besides being essential to have oil-free air this should be available at pressures above 10 bar.

The opening and closing of the shutters must be quick to ensure high production, so compressed air must always be maintained between 10.5 bar and 11.5 bar. If other oil-free technologies have the limitation of working at a maximum of 10 bar due temperature issue, the AQ can safely reach the 13 bar of pressure responding fully to the process needs.

“Warm water causes scaling and bacteria growth”, doesn’t it? Not in the AQ… The water quality should be impeccable from the start. That is why the AQ is started up with distilled water and maintains its own water supply through a “reverse osmosis” (RO) membrane that filters out particles and minerals that could cause depositions and scaling. The AQ is regularly and automatically flushed to prevent bacteria and minerals from accumulating, so the water quality remains reliable at all times

Selecting the right materials

The AQ protects itself from possible corrosion thanks to the RO unit, which keeps corrosive minerals and salts at bay, but also thanks to its top-class components.

The AQ element’s rotors are made from a ceramic and polymeric material, the shaft from stainless steel and its casing is an aluminum and bronze alloy. Also, other components are made of corrosion resistant material and tested for all kinds of mishap.

Hostile environment But what if something happens to the Reverse Osmosis Unit? Or what if the unit is not operated for some time? Even then, bacteria don’t stand a chance inside the AQ, thanks to the temperatures and turbulence. Continuous water renewal also puts a halt to colonization and washes away any possible nutrients for bacteria. And yes, we put this to the test. The reliable operation of the AQ has of course been tested in various operating conditions.

But especially to tackle some of those customer concerns, the AQ was tested by an independent third party organization. They ran the AQ in extreme conditions and even simulated component failures and with different types of possible bacteria. Simula- tions showed no bacteria were carried over into the compressed air, even with the dryer and cool- er shut down.

Visit: www.atlascopco.it