Inside A Factory That Makes CDs And DVDs [Pictures]


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CDs And DVDs

DVD’s have become all too common in our lives. These discs are used to watch movies, install software and transfer data among other everyday tasks. The pictures below provide a glimpse into the process that creates these staples of our daily lives. The images are from a DVD manufacturing plant in Kazakhstan.

The process is mainly automatics and requires only one engineer to keep an eye on it

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The main raw material is polycarbonate which comes in large bags shown below

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The discs start out as grains of polycarbonate

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The grains are first sent to the drying machine

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The crystals are melted together into a liquid mass

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The liquid mass is crammed into press-form using a stamper inside

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Stamper is a metal plate with precise information. The one shown below is a movie which will be on the DVD

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The liquid polycarbonate is turned into a disc at 250 degrees and the info is stamped on to it

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The workpieces are then cooled

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The discs are then covered with a reflective surface so that lasers can read the info

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Half-finished DVD’s

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Laser inspection is performed to remove bad discs

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The discs are then painted

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Temporary storage room

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Preparing covers for the discs

preparing covers

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Hologram to certify the DVD

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Workers prepare DVD boxes

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The boxes are then wrapped in cellophane film

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The distribution center from where DVD’s are sent to different stores

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The workers are checked for illegal possession of intellectual property

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The DVD arrives at the store

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Source: www.worldleaks.com

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