Container washing is now as easy as pie

Jul 17, 2012 | Food Processing & Packaging

Problem: A supplier of savoury pies and puddings, Holland’s Pies, wanted to enhance performance, reliability and convenience in the wash area of its Accrington production plant. Solution: The company asked Industrial Washing Machines (IWM) to assess the performance and condition of the plant’s existing washing machines – a twin buggy washer and a carousel-type bucket/bin washer, neither of which had been supplied by IWM – and to advise on the best way of upgrading these to better meet present-day requirements.

After assessing the machines, IWM came to the conclusion that the machines were close to the end of their useful lives, and upgrading them would be a false economy. IWM put in place a number of inexpensive short-term measures to allow the machines to remain in service until budget was available to replace them.

Subsequently, IWM replaced the existing machines with an in-line continuous machine from its range. Only a single stage washer was needed to match and even exceed the throughput of the old plant. This not only minimised the cost of the replacement machine, but also meant that it required much less factory floor space to accommodate it. A further important benefit of the new machine is that can also handle Eurobin buggy lids, which previously had to be washed manually.

The new machine eliminates the need for the same operator to handle both dirty and clean containers, so makes it easier to achieve and maintain the high hygiene standards essential in the food manufacturing sector.

Lindsay Thwaite, chief engineer at Holland’s Pies said: “The new machines are working faultlessly, and they are providing us with big improvements in throughput, washing performance and convenience.”

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