Popular Packaging Machinery - Inverting Rinsing Machine
While bottle rinsers will not be a part of every packaging system, they are an indispensable part of the system for certain companies and industries. As a general rule, rinsing equipment is used to remove dirt, dust and other debris from containers before product is introduced. For industries such as Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical, keeping the product pure and free from contamination makes the bottle rinser a necessity.
When employed, the rinsing machine will normally be placed immediately before the liquid filler on an automatic packaging line, with options also available for semi-automatic machinery as well. Contaminants can come from many different sources, from the fabrication of the bottle to debris picked up in transport or even from storage or the packaging environment itself. Ideally bottles will be filled almost immediately after the rinse to protect against the return of contaminants, especially when the packaging environment is one of the causes.
The inverting rinsing machine is an automatic packaging machine that uses an indexing system to rinse multiple bottles at once. Once bottles enter the rinsing area, the machine secures the bottles with a clamp. Once secured, the containers are inverted over a rinse basin, with one nozzle for each bottle in the cycle. The nozzles then rinse the inside of the bottles using air, water, or other liquid cleaning agent, allowing the dust and debris to flow out of the bottles and in to the rinse basin. Once the rinse is complete, the bottles are returned to the conveyor, the clamp opens and clean containers can move to the filling machine to receive product. Inverting rinsing machine can handle both glass and plastic, including a range of shapes and sizes. Other options are available for those rare occasions where inverting containers is not possible or efficient.
The settings and control for the inverting rinsing machine are mostly accomplished through the touchscreen operator interface with the assistance of a PLC. Settings for rinse time, indexing time, clamps and more can all be entered in to the PLC and saved for later recall. Some simple adjustment such as nozzle re-positioning or indexing modification may be necessary for changeover from one container to another, but minimal changeover time means more uninterrupted line production. Automatic rinsing machines can be manufactured with up to sixteen rinse nozzles, to keep up with almost any production demand.
To learn more about automatic inverting rinsing machines, as well as the other rinsing and cleaning solutions offered by Liquid Packaging Solutions, visit the Container Cleaning section of the LPS website.