Industrial Washing Machines (IWM) has developed a new cabinet-style washing machine that can be readily customised to provide high-performance washing and, where necessary, sanitising for a wide variety of returnable transit containers, including wheelie bins, DOLAV pallet boxes, bins and bin lids.
The new machines can be configured for applications in the food industry, and in other industry sectors including automotive manufacture.
Designed with efficiency and cost-effective operation in mind, the new cabinet washers feature robust, easy to clean construction and an intuitive operator interface. They are ideal for cleaning general residues from containers and can take two DOLAVs, two bins or four lids per cycle. The throughput is dependent on the degree and type of soiling but the machine is typically capable of achieving up to 20 cycles per hour.
Washing is accomplished by sustained jetting from rotating spray arms to ensure that all surfaces of the items to be washed are cleansed effectively. Supplied from a heated tank, the wash water is automatically dosed with detergent. To minimise water, detergent and energy usage, the wash water is re-circulated via an efficient suction filter system that protects the wash pump and prevents residues from being deposited in the wash system.
Customers may specify either steam, electric or gas water heating but in either case a digital temperature controller ensures that the required wash and rinse temperatures are accurately maintained with minimum energy consumption. Detergent dosing is controlled by a conductivity-based chemical dosing unit that ensures accurate delivery and minimises wastage. For applications in the food sector where sanitising is required, the machines are fitted with a separate sanitiser dosing unit.
Like all IWM washing machines, the new cabinet washers for transit containers are constructed from high-grade stainless steel to ensure long life even in tough operating conditions. They have been designed to be easy to maintain and consumable spares such as filters are readily available.