Bottle Rinsers Combat Contaminants

Bottle Rinsers Combat Contaminants

There are many different reasons why bottles may contain dust, debris and other foreign matter after being produced yet before reaching the packaging line and receiving product.  Some may have debris from the production of the bottle itself.  Others may collect dust or foreign matter during transport.  Still other bottles may get dirty simply sitting in a warehouse waiting to be used.  Whatever the reason for the collection of contaminants, bottle rinsers are used for one simple reason, to rid the bottle of these contaminants before product is introduced.  

Bottle rinsers can be manufactured in varying forms, from air rinsers and wet rinsers to actual bottle vacuums.  The type of rinsing machine that will work best for any given project will be determined by the product, the bottle or package, the production demands and other unique circumstances of the individual packaging process.  Rinsing machines and bottle vacuums may be found in almost any industry, but those that include consumable products - food, beverage, pharmaceuticals - are almost always likely to include such container cleaning equipment.

Bottle rinsers will use air, water or other cleaning solutions to loosen and remove debris from the inside of containers just prior to the bottles reaching the filling machine.  Many of these air rinsers or wet rinsers will invert the bottle over a rinse basin to assist in the removal of debris.  As containers move down the power conveyor and into the rinse area of the container cleaning machine, bottle grippers will secure the bottles and invert them over the rinse basin.  Once inverted, the cleaning solution will be blasted into the container to complete the rinse.  Bottles will then be returned to the power conveyor system and continue down the conveyor to the liquid filling machine.  

For some projects, or some bottles, the inverting process can be difficult.  Large, oddly shaped bottles may not be ideal for flipping upside-down.  Bottles with very small opening and odd shapes may also not be ideal for allowing debris to exit efficiently and consistently.  In these situations, a bottle vacuum will likely be used to complete the cleaning of containers.  Bottle vacuums use special nozzles that will not just blast the inside of the bottle with air, but will also seal the bottle and vacuum out the loosened debris.  Using a bottle vacuum removes the need to invert containers before cleaning the debris, creating a solution for these difficult scenarios.

Both the automatic inverting rinsing machines and the automatic bottle vacuum will normally come equipped with an easy to use, touchscreen operator interface.  This interface will allow the operator to easily set and change rinse times, indexing times and other components of the rinsing process.  

Whether a project requires cleaning bottles or whether such a container cleaning machine is simply desired for aesthetic purposes, the bottle rinser can be manufactured to meet the specific needs of any given packaging task.  Bottle rinsers and bottle vacuums are also available in fully automatic and semi-automatic models for any level of production.