Inverting Rinsing Machines

Inverting Rinsing Machines

Rinsing machines that invert bottles for container cleaning purposes can use air, water or other cleaning solutions to remove debris from containers prior to the filling process.  These inverting rinsing machines use soft pad bottle grippers to prevent marring or scratching of containers as they are inverted over the rinse basin.  Inverting rinsing machines can handle a wide variety of containers and materials, including both glass and plastic.

Inverting Wet Rinser

The automatic inverting wet rinser uses anywhere from one to twelve rinse heads to wash contaminants and debris from bottles prior to entering a filling machine.  Depending on the product or industry, such container cleaning may be necessary to ensure that debris and remnants left in the container during the manufacturing of the container itself do not contaminate the product being filled.  The wet rinser indexes bottles into the rinse area using gates (or pins), a starwheel or other indexing principles in unique cases.  The number of bottles indexed into the rinsing machine during each cycle will equal to the number of rinse heads on the machine.  Once in place under the rinse nozzles, the soft pads grip bottles and the rinsing carriage inverts containers over a rinse basin.  Once inverted, the automatic wet rinsing machine sprays water or cleaning solution into the containers to rinse away dust, debris and contaminants.  When the pre-set rinse time concludes, bottles will be returned to the conveyor to move to the filling machine.  

When using a wet rinser with some products, it may also be necessary to insure that bottles are dry
following the rinsing process and prior to being filled.  An air knife can be added to automatic wet rinsing machines.  In general, the air knife creates a curtain of air that each bottle passes through following the rinsing process.  This curtain of air allows for quick and thorough drying as containers move to the liquid filler.

Wet rinsing machines are also available as manual machines for facilities with lower production needs and can be added as a component on a uniframe filling system.

Inverting Air Rinser

The automatic inverting air rinsers are very similar to the wet rinsing machines.  The key difference is that bottles are blasted with air, rather than water or other liquid cleaning solution, to remove dust and debris.  The rinsing process remains basically the same however.  Bottles are indexed into the container cleaning machine, gripped by soft pads and inverted over the rinse basin.  Prior to the rinse, however, an air rinsing machine may make use of a curtain of ionized air.  Bottles that pass through this curtain will lose any static charge that they may carry, insuring that dust and debris do not cling to the container and allowing for a more thorough rinse.  Obviously, when using air, the need for an air knife after the rinsing process is removed.  

Air rinsers can also handle a wide variety of bottles and materials, including glass and plastic.  For unique containers, an air rinser can be combined with a bottle vacuum to remove the need to invert containers.  The air rinser/bottle vacuum utilizes dual action nozzles that first blast containers with air and then vacuum out dust and debris into an easily removable waste reservoir.   This process is completed while containers remain on the belt conveyor system.  Custom container cleaning equipment can also be designed and manufactured for unique containers, production environments or packaging processes.

For more information on all of the container cleaning equipment manufactured by Liquid Packaging Solutions, Inc., contact a Packaging Specialist toll free today at 1-888-393-3693