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Inside A Factory That Makes CDs And DVDs [Pictures]

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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

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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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