In most packaging lines, the sequence of operations begins with bottle preparation. This involves organizing and placing the bottles on a conveyor for transport to a cleaning station. Bottle rinsing machines are used to evacuate dust and other small particles from glass, metal, and plastic bottles cleaning them prior to bottling. These contaminants often accumulate in the bottle during shipping or storage, and must be removed to provide a cleaner bottle.
Our bottle washing machines are designed with a focus on flexibility, versatility and simplicity. The mechanical components of our bottle cleaning machine allows many container shapes and sizes to be run with simple changeover, using few or no change parts. The advanced touch screens PLC controls on our rinsers provide the ability to store multiple programs in the PLC controller, further decreasing changeover times. Bottle washers, cleaners, and container indexing settings are easily programmed and saved with our rinsers automatic setup mode, enabling the bottle cleaners changes to be made quickly and effortlessly.
Containers may collect dust or debris from the manufacturing process of the bottle, during shipping or even during storage as they wait to be used on a packaging line. For a number of different industries, ensuring that containers are clean before the introduction of product can be a very important step. Food and beverage companies and other industries that produce edible or consumable products, for example, would not want their products to become contaminated during the packaging process. Other industries may have their own reasons for cleaning containers prior to the filling process. Liquid Packaging Solutions provides a number of bottle rinsing and washing machines that can clean bottles and also assist in keeping the entire packaging process sanitary.
Probably the most popular container cleaning machine is the automatic inverting air rinsing machine. The descriptive name tells you almost everything you need to know about this piece of equipment. Using a conveyor and indexing system, the auto air rinser moves containers into position under the rinse nozzles. Once in place, the containers will be clamped and inverted over a rinse basin. The nozzles blast the inside of the containers with clean air, loosening debris and allowing it to be released to the rinse basin. Rinsed containers are then returned to the conveyor, unclamped and sent to the filling machine!
Automatic rinsing machines can also be manufactured to use water or other liquid to clean containers, or even to use a combination of air and water. The key benefit to the air rinser is the lack of waste product when water, packager product or other liquid is used to clean bottles.
Five Reasons Packagers Use Automatic Bottle Rinsing Machines
1. Helps Keep the Packaging Process Sanitary
First and foremost, rinsing and washing machines help to keep the packaging process sanitary. Even if all other equipment is manufactured as sanitary machinery, the bottles or other containers introduced into the process can contaminate a product. Dust, debris and other material may be left behind during production of a container, may accumulate during the shipping of the container or could even build up sitting in a warehouse waiting to be used. Incorporation of a rinsing machine protects the integrity of the a sanitary packaging line.
2. Required for Certain Products or Industries
Container cleaning equipment is essentially required for industries such as Food & Beverage, Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical and other areas where products are ingested or consumed. Certain industries will be regulated by rules or laws that will require a product to be free from contaminants, in order to protect the consumer. If you belong to one of these industries, a rinser, washer or other cleaning machine may not only be desirable, but may be a necessity.
3. Versatile Machinery
Container cleaning equipment, like filling machines, can normally handle a range of container shapes and sizes. Simple adjustments to clamps, rails and other components of the cleaning machinery allows quick and easy bottle changeover. In addition, these machines can be manufactured to handle both glass and plastic containers, as well as clean inside the bottle, outside the bottle or both, if desired.
4. Easy To Operate
As noted above, adjustments to the container cleaning equipment are normally quick and easy, achieved without the use of tools. In addition, automatic rinsing and cleaning machines will almost always use a PLC with a touchscreen operator interface. Very similar to liquid fillers, the operator interface allows the user of the machine to simply input delay and duration times on a single screen. In most cases, a recipe screen can also be used, meaning the correct settings can be saved and recalled in a quick and simple manner.
As with all automatic packaging equipment, automatic container cleaning equipment will help speed up the packaging process. Imagine rinsing or washing every bottle or container by hand before sending it to the filler, capper, labeler or other packaging equipment. Automatic equipment speeds up the process by using multiple rinse heads and continually cycling bottles through the machine to keep pace with the other packaging equipment.