Hand washing of reusable packaging is a demanding and time-consuming activity, which blocks the stuff for long hours and requires intensive manual labor to get the job done. Moreover, depending on the employees’ care and diligence, at the end of the process the packaging may be incomplete and incorrectly cleaned and this leads to potential problems with discontent customers. Washing machines can efficiently clean the returnable packaging and thus return them in the use cycle in optimal hygiene condition. They offer consistent and uniform washing quality and an ergonomic operation. Also, they considerably shorten the cleaning time and thus allow the packages to be used more frequent in the logistic loop.
Batch washing machines
Batch cleaning machines offer maximum washing results with minimum water, energy and chemicals consumption. They are designed on the cabin model where the goods are loaded on trolleys with gratings either manually or, in case of pallets or other heavier items, by forklift trucks. At the end of the washing program, the cleaned batch is unloaded and the system is reloaded with a new dirty batch.
The machines require a one man operation and are particularly suitable for lower and middle performance segments. They occupy less floor surface than tunnel washers and thus can be used even by companies which are space-limited. The innovative cleaning system employs an user-friendly control panel to select the cleaning programs according to the contamination degree and the type of dirt that affects the specific batch. This allows a more flexible use of the equipment and ensures a simple, rapid and thorough washing of the returnable packages.
In spite their compact appearance, batch cleaning machines are solidly built for intensive use inside industrial applications. They offer the possibility to balance all influencing factors – such as mechanical action (water pressure and flow), time, temperature and chemicals action – for an optimal washing efficiency. Additionally, they require less water consumption than the tunnel systems, as well as a more reduced detergent and chemicals utilisation.
The cabin washing machines are used together with customised washing trolleys to load and move the goods into the cleaning chamber. They perform the pre-washing, main washing as well as rinsing and spinning operation with drying in the same chamber. The cleaning cabin is designed with broad dimensions to equally accomodate trays and crates as well as large pallet boxes and other types of containers. Most of the cabin machines are universal cleaning systems that can be adapted – with the help of the tailor-made washing trolleys – to wash also other voluminous items such as barrels, buckets, utensils and vessels. They can also be employed for washing the support-carts themselves, such as bakery, cheese or smoking trolleys.
The trolleys that serve for arranging the washing goods are round or square shaped to enable a maximum use of the cleaning chamber. They can be produced in different overall sizes and with specific grills amount and configuration. The axis alone of the trolley is fixed in the special device of the booth and the trolley is rotated – using a carousel principle – with variable frequency according to the washing program and the cleaning stages.
If drying is required, the cabin cleaning washers are equipped with an integrated high performance spinning technology which enables an economic and efficient drying of the washed goods by the means of a rapid rotation, without using a fan or heating devices. Some of the models are specially designed for the automatic cleaning of pallets. These machines are provided with automatic sliding door and fully automatic pallet stacks infeed and outfeed system, as well as with multiple loading stations for buffer pallet stacks.
|Reference||Dimensions (mm)||Engine power (kw)||Rinse water||Weight (kg)|
|2400 x 2000 x 2900||45||14 -20 I/Batch||2000||View product|
Continous washing machines
Tunnel washing machines are continuous cleaning systems that allow a high and uninterrupted infeed with the dedicated packaging. In terms of capacities, they can sanitize, for example, up to thousands plastic crates and trays or few hundreds pallets per hour, depending on packaging type and dimensions. This guarantees a high processing speed and a thorough cleaning, so companies with high volumes can have sufficient clean packages available every day for each production and logistics activity.
Flexible track side guides with adjustable nozzle systems guarantee an optimal adaptation to the needs of the various industries and allow an efficient cleaning and drying of a wide range of washed goods. The machines are recommanded for washing trays, crates, pallets and boxpallets as well as other reusable packaging containers such as different buckets and barrels. Especially large containers, like rigid or foldable plastic pallet boxes, are rather expensive so it is important to extend their life cycle through proper hygiene works and thus maximize the cost/benefit ratio.
Tunnel cleaning machines are provided with a modular design which enables the cleaning line to be installed not only according to different washing needs and requirements but also to the available space and internal organization of the company. Various cleaning processes can be combined in a washing installation, each having a different function. These processes can comprise pre-wash, multiple main wash and disinfection sections, pre-rinse and rinse sections as well as blow-off zones for high-performance drying.
Pre-wash modules are optional and can be used for cleaning heavily soiled packages that show difficult or aged traces of contamination. The washing and rinsing sections, integrated by default, use high-pressure spray systems that enable a thorough removal of dirt. The pressure is adjustable to minimise water and energy consumption yet to guarantee an efficient cleaning on all sides. Optional blow-off units remove the excess water so the cleaned and dried packaging can be returned in the using cycle at the shortest time.
Tunnel washers can be used for cleaning a wide diversity of soiling like dust, filings, oils and labels. Further features such as integrated and additional filter systems – easy to be removed and cleaned – avoid clogging and enable the water to be recirculated with an intensity that is appropriate to the needs of the application.
All machines can be customised using standard or tailor designed parts to suit the industry and washing goods. Additional options – such as boilers for hot water supply, special guides and automatic dosing of cleaning or disinfecting agents – allow an even closer match to the application.
The machines can be installed as a stand-alone equipment or fully incorporated into production or logistics flow by using different transport conveyor configurations. All models can be manually or automatically supplied with packages, depending on the specifics of the product and customer’s requirements in terms of speed and cleaning functions. Fully automated tunnel washers – provided with an automatic control for the input and output of the washing goods, which is connected to the corresponding on-site high-bay storage system – can also be integrated into existing or future production lines. These tailor-made solutions are able to turn, lift and tilt the washing products so the manual labor is completely eliminated from the cleaning process. Additionally, for some of the models, all doors and parts of the machine body are fully insulated to reduce heat radiation and noise level.
|Reference||Title||Base (mm)||Water consumption (l/h)||Power consumption (KW/h)||Capacity (buc)||Material||Power supply (V)|
|MSC 01||Box washing equipment MSC 01||3650 x 1600||Rinse: 450 l/h, Washing cycle: 735 l/h||Drive 0,37 KWh, Heating 32 KWh, Pump 11 KWh||600 - 1500 pcs./h||stainless steel||N.A.||View product|
|MSC 02||Box washing equipment MSC 02||3350 x 950||Rinse: 300 l/h, Washing cycle: 320 l/h||Drive 0,37 KW/h, Heating 16 KW/h, Pump 4 KW/h||100-400 pcs./h||stainless steel||N.A.||View product|
|MST 03||Tray washing equipment MST 03||3000 x 950||Rinsing: 250 l/h, Wash cycle: 120 l/h||Delivery 0,13 KWh, Heating 8 KWh, Pump 4 KWh||N.A.||stainless steel||N.A.||View product|
|MSV 04||Tray washing equipment MSV 04||3350 x 1200||Rinse: 300 l/h, Washing cycle: 400 l/h||Drive 0,37 KWh, Heating 24 KWh, Pump 5,5 KWh||N.A.||stainless steel||N.A.||View product|
|MSB 05||Automatic washing line for pallet boxes MSB 05||5500 x 1700||Rinse: 450 l/h, Washing cycle: 1050 l/h||Drive 0,75 KWh, Heating 54 KWh, Pump 18,5 KWh||N.A.||N.A.||3 phase 400 V, 50 Hz||View product|
|MSB 06||Automatic washing line for pallet boxes MSB 06||6240 x 2160||Rinse: 450 l/h, Washing cycle: 735 l/h||Drive 0,75 KWh, Heating 80 KWh, Pump 22 KWh||N.A.||stainless steel||3 phase 400 V, 50 Hz||View product|
|MSP 07||Pallet washing equipment MSP 07||4760 x 1350||Rinsing: 500 l/h, Wash cycle: 1000 l/h||Delivery 0.37 kWh, Heating 32 KWh, Pump 11 KWh||60 – 120 pcs./h||stainless steel||N.A.||View product|
Compared to hand washing or other methods of washing, industrial washers for returnable packaging are an economical and ecological choice with lower impact on the environment and company budget becouse they require a reduced consumption of water and detergent. Moreover, due to the well-engineered cleaning system of the machines and to the useful technologies such as heat recovery, they offer an intelligent energy consumption.
Washing machines are safely and easily operated by an user-friendly control system with display. They work with minimal check from the staff and, if necessary, they can be stopped at any time of the washing cycle. Unlike different means of manual washing operations – which often involve a whole team – these cleaning machines require only one operator to start and supervise the equipment.
When using the washing machines, the operators make no physical efforts for the washing, rinsing and drying processes and this leads to safer and more ergonomic working practices. At the same time, the obtained advanced degree of hygiene encourages companies to well-keep and reuse the clean packaging to the maximum and to replace it only when really damaged.
In spite their robust appearance, containers and pallets washing machines are designed with a compact construction. They are easy to keep clean and require a low-maintenance and this ensures a long service life, even under intense use conditions.
The extensive range includes technically advanced continous and batch industrial cleaning machines that can be integrated – according to the appplication – in low, medium or high output requirements. They offer the possibility to select the washing program according to the contamination type and degree, as heavy soiling, oily traces or aged dirt require a more intensive washing cycle. Apart from washing and rinsing operations, all models can be provided with additional drying system where the washed goods are dried at high capacity.
Crate washing machines and other cleaning equipment are indispensable for the logistics or production processes of busy companies. They allow an increased washing capacity of the reusable packaging and provide an optimal cost/performance ratio. Unlike manual washing, these machines can economically attune mechanical actions, time, temperature, as well as energy, water and cleaning agents consumption to achieve a reliable cleanliness.
New developments in industry segments constantly bring changes along the logistics loop, but one of the important components – reusable packaging – remains unaltered in terms of requirements. Returnable packaging allways needs to be clean, undamaged and attainable in sufficient amount for the manufacturing and logistics processes of each organisation. Industrial washing machines for containers and pallets enable companies to make their packaging available in the right quantity for a smooth running of their internal working processes. Moreover, clean and tidy packaging contributes to maintaining a good image of the company and to the success of the business.
Washing machines enable implementing a cleaning and logistics technology that is tailored to each company needs and requirements. This ensures an appropriate degree of automation and consequantly an efficient use inside internal flow. The equipment range is recommanded for a wide variety of packaging and handling products that are used inside industrial segments. The washing results comply to the highest hygiene standards and therefor the machines can successfully demonstrate their advantages even in the most rigorous hygiene requirements fields such as food or pharma industries.
The speed and automation that are specific to the automotive industry require the use of a large number of returnable packages with different dimensions and purposes. The respective handling or transport boxes, containers, pallets and blister carriers need to be rigurously checked and cleaned – if necessary – before each use to ensure protection of the items against damage and contamination. Industrial washers meet the high cleaning requirements from the automotive industry in terms of automation technology, washing volume and sanitation degree. They can wash away even the most difficult soiling resulting from manufacturing, greasing or assembly processes.
Logistics is also one of the industrial fields where fastness is positioned among the main factors that are influencing the general flow. The goods – regardless of their type – need to be handled with maximum ease to ensure an optimal shipping or unpacking method. Containers and pallet washing machines will automatically increase the efficiency and profitability of the working processes, allowing the operators to clean and prepare the packaging for a new trip in a quick and simple way, with minimum time consumption.
In food sector, the returnable packaging hygiene can greatly contribute to the healthiness and quality of the products, especially in open processes where they come into direct contact. Heavily soiled packages, showing traces of fat, marinades, doughs or creams are difficult to be washed by hand especially when the contamination is aged.
Cleaning equipment, such as crates and pallet box washers, help companies to meed the food safety requirements and thus avoid possible hazards to health. The machines are suitable for different food processing fields such as milk, meat, bakery or confectionary and even for catering and events.
The general trend to consume more fresh products grows again and, with it, the need to find them available in safe and healthy variants. Hygienic crates and trays reduce the risk of contamination and spoilage of the products, thus maximising their shelf life and the food safety for the consumer. Washing machines ensure that the reusable packages from the agro-food segment are not just visually but also microbiologically clean, removing organic soiling and contamination by bacteria or fungi. The cleaning equipment additionally removes even durable stickers from fruit and vegetable display crates that are used in supermarkets.
When dedicated to pharmaceutical industry, the factory engineering must comply to the most stringent hygiene, safety and performance requirements. The cleaning machines – many of them designed for large output applications under the form of washing tunnels – meet all the regulations in terms of equipmet operation and achieved cleaning results. Compared to manual washing or other washing methods, they hugely improve process safety, decrease the manual operations and increase at maximum the cleanliness degree of the medical and pharmaceutical packaging.