Process

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Milling
Drying and Storage
Disinfection and Decontamination
Individual moulding
Gluing
Rectification
Washing
Visual Inspection
Printing
Packaging and Transportation
1
Milling

trituracao

Wrecking of cork pieces in a star mill. “Broken” is sectioned again to produce granules of various sizes, which are calibrated by nets. After this, these different size granules are separated in densimetric tables, which selects the core of the cork.

2
Drying and Storage

armazenamento

The granulated cork of different sizes is stored in silos with a drying system. This step of the process is crucial because a low moisture level prevents the development of microorganisms and of their by-products.

3
Disinfection and Decontamination

The granulated cork is transferred into a rotating drum in which water and alcohol vapor are injected at a certain pressure and temperature, which substantially eliminates cork aromas and disinfects the granulated cork.

4
Individual Moulding

moldacao

After the mixture of the granulated cork with approved agglutinating chemical products, it is agglomerated in moulds where the cork bodies gain form. Because our highly innovative process of individual moulding, it has been patented in 2013 (EP 2 733 086 B1, Machine for manufacturing bodies of cork agglomerate, in particular stoppers to be used in the oenological field), by the European Patent Office. This technology has allowed us to produce agglomerated cork stoppers with better mechanical properties.

5
Gluing

colagem

Gluing of natural cork disks with agglutinating chemical approved for contact with food products.

6
Rectification

Dimensional rectification (diameter, length and chamfer).

7
Washing

lavacao

Disinfection of the external part of the cork stopper with food contact approved chemical products.

8
Visual Inspection

Process in which every semi-finished cork stopper is visually analysed in order to remove defects and to separate the disks in visual classes.

9
Printing

acabamentos

Cork stopper personalization according with the logo of the client. The fire branding could be made in the body and/or in the tops; the ink printing is only performed in the body of the cork stopper. Also, surface treatment of the cork stopper with a paraffin emulsion (waterproof/non absorption functions) and with silicone (for lubrification, which regulates the insertion and extraction forces).

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Packaging and Transportation

For final clients (bottlers, wineries), packaging in plastic bags, vacuum sealed and with SO2, and its posterior accommodation in card boxes. For distributors, packaging in raffia bags (aerated).