Bottle Rinsing Machines For Any Production Level
There are certain industries where clean containers are simply a must. Make no mistake, no packager wants dirty or grimy bottles, cups or other containers, but when dealing with foods, medicines, beverages and other consumable products, the need for clean containers moves beyond the common sense desire to a plain and simple necessity. Many industries that package products for human or animal consumption will require some kind of cleaning process to avoid contamination of the product. While bottle rinsing machines may be seen in any industry, they will almost always be found when a product is produced for human consumption.
Container cleaning equipment typically presents itself just before the filling machine on a packaging line in order to remove dust, debris and other contaminants prior to the introduction of the product. Automatic machinery can use either air, water or some other liquid cleaning solution to remove such debris. When cleaning bottles automatically, one of two methods will normally be used to remove debris. The first, and more popular, is the inverting rinsing machine. As containers move down a power conveyor, they will be clamped and inverted over a rinse basin. Once inverted, each container will be blasted with the medium, be it air or liquid. Once rinsed, containers are returned to the conveyor and move to the automatic bottle filler. The second method involves a blast of air combined with a vacuum to remove debris without the need to invert containers. In this situation, special nozzles seal on the bottle, the air rinse loosens debris and the vacuum will remove the debris to an easily removable waste bag.
The automatic bottle rinsers are usually a part of a complete packaging line, which will include conveyor systems, fillers, cappers, labelers and other equipment to completely prepare the product for the shelf. However, not every company producing products for human consumption do so at a mass level. For smaller companies, tabletop and semi-automatic rinsing machines offer an alternative to full-size, automatic machinery.
Both tabletop and semi-automatic equipment will require more assistance from an operator than the automatic machinery. In general terms, these machines will require the operator to place empty bottles on the rinse nozzles and then hit a foot or finger switch to begin the rinse cycle. Once the rinse is complete, the operator will remove the bottles and transfer them to the next packaging station, which again, is usually the filling machine. Semi-automatic rinsing machines may be manufactured on a single frame with a filler, as stand alone units or tabletop units or even on full frames. When a company expects expansion in the future or where production demands are near what would be required for automatic machinery, the full frame often offers the best solution. Semi-automatic equipment on a full frame can be modified and upgraded to work automatically when the need arrives.
Semi-automatic equipment is also available using air or liquid to complete the rinse, and bottle vacuums can also be manufactured for lower production facilities. To learn more about any of the container cleaning options available from Liquid Packaging Solutions, simply browse the website or contact our offices today.