Bring April Showers with an Automatic Bottle Rinser

Bring April Showers with an Automatic Bottle Rinser

For those packaging foods, beverages, pharmaceuticals and similar products susceptible to contamination, there is likely familiarity with rinsing machines and the benefits offered by these machines.  Even in industries where such packaging machinery may not be an absolute necessity, there may be a desire to keep a product free from dust and other debris.
 
The automatic bottle rinser will sit just before the filling machine on an inline packaging system.  The goal of the machine is to remove dust, debris and other build up from bottles just prior to the product being introduced.  Such debris may include residue from the actual production of the bottle, dust or dirt from the transport of the bottle or even simple build up from the storage of the containers while they wait to be used on the line.  While no company would desire such contamination, those industries noted above are actually required to avoid and remove such contamination.  So when dealing with items such as foods and beverages and other ingestible products, a rinsing machine will be a must.
 
One of the most popular types of rinsing machine is an inverting wet rinser.  This machine indexes bottles into the rinse area where clamps will secure the bottles under rinse nozzles.  A carriage then inverts the bottles over a rinse basin as the nozzles spray the inside of each container with water or a liquid cleaning solution.  Once rinsed for a set amount of time, the containers are returned to the power conveyor to be transported to the filling machine.  The process continues automatically with anywhere from two to sixteen containers at at time being cycled into the rinse area.
 
For some applications, the same type of inverting process will be used, but rather than a liquid, the bottles will be rinsed using a blast of clean air.  The results are the same, with dust and debris being blown out of the bottle into a rinse basin before containers are returned to the conveyors and move down the line.
 
Some packaging projects, however, may use uniquely shaped bottles or a wide range of bottle sizes and shapes.  Many times these situations will make it difficult, if not impossible, to invert bottles without the risk of slipping and breaking.  For these projects, a bottle vacuum will replace the inverting rinsing machine.  The bottle vacuum will use special rinse nozzles to achieve the same result as the inverting rinser without removing the containers from the power conveyor system.  These bottle vacuum nozzles will first blast the inside of the bottle with air, loosening any dust or debris in the container.  After creating a seal over the bottle opening, the nozzles will then vacuum out the loosened debris to an easily removable waste reservoir.  
 
Rinsing machines can help keep a packaging process sanitary, help avoid contamination and ultimately, in some cases, improve product quality and shelf life.  The type of bottle rinser used for any project will be determined by the product itself, the containers being used, the production demand and several other factors.  For lower output facilities, economical semi-automatic machines are also available.