On 29th March 2016, a team of 40 first year engineering students visited Enrich Agro Food Products Pvt. Ltd. in the Industrial Model Township, Rohtak. The company deals with manufacturing and packaging of soft drinks. It is spread over 13 acres and the operations involve sanitization of glass bottles, manufacturing of soft drinks, bottling and packing. Apart from the above mentioned processes the company also has two other major functional units namely – Water Treatment Plant (WTP) & Effluent Treatment (ETP). These are for the treatment of waste water that comes from various units of the plant. The manufacturing capacity of the plant is 30,000 plates per day with each plate containing 24 bottles.
The objective of this visit was to provide the students an insight into the internal working of a production and bottling plant and an opportunity to learn through interaction with the industry personnel regarding the manufacturing, packaging and waste water treatment in a plant.
Before the plant visit, the students were given description of all the processes involved such as preparation of sugar syrup, CIP (Cleaning in Place) units used for cleaning of large water tanks, bottling, labelling, coding etc. After the introductory session, students were shown the Ready Syrup Room where they learnt how the Ready Syrup is prepared with the help of addition of lime concentrate and activated carbon powder, keeping in mind all the physical attributes of the environmental conditions in the area. Then the students were sent to Bottling Hall where the labelling, coding, shrink packaging and krones robobox were used. Finally the students saw the treatment units i.e. the WTP and ETP. In WTP the process of treatment of water which is used for the soft drinks was explained. This plant has 2 tanks of 11 lakh litres capacity each. The water goes through various steps such as multi-grade filtering, ultrafiltration membrane, activated carbon filters (ACF) and lead ACF before this water is used for syrup and soft drink preparation. The ETP was based on Moving Bed Biofilm Reactor (MBBR) technology.
The visit was a good learning experience for the students as they have been introduced to an actual industrial setup, at the very start of their engineering study. Such exposure plays a vital role in development of industry ready graduates. The feedback from the students is positive and they felt that now they can relate what they study in class to what actually goes on in actual industry.