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#1 hygienic

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 08:51 AM

Posted 21 March 2005 - 05:13 PM

Plastic boxes are widely used in the food industry nowadays for storage of packed food products.
These boxes are washed and than used again.
Can anybody tell me what microbiological state to expect after washing and how wear and tear is of influence on this. :uhm:

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Dear All:

I quoted this enquiry by searching in the past topics here , and the above mentioned question is the same what I want to ask with a little different , Actually we are using plastic baskets in our catering facility for keeping the vegetables and fruits in order to storing them chiller ,and we observed that it is a bit difficult to wash them manually as we followed and the sanitation procedure will not be effective as well. So how to find a machine which can wash and sanitize these boxes or baskets at the same time (plastic baskets washing machine? If you know a company selling this machine?

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Posted 09 October 2010 - 11:44 AM

A tray washer would normally be your best bet, they're a travelling washing machine operating at high temperatures (if the plastic can stand it). Sorry I can't think of any manufacturers but I would steer clear of the washers which look like dishwashers on steroids, ime they're not all that good and the travelling washers have the benefits of normally including an air knife (to push off excess water), higher temperatures and a clear demarkation between clean and dirty.



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Posted 09 October 2010 - 02:41 PM

A tray washer would normally be your best bet, they're a travelling washing machine operating at high temperatures (if the plastic can stand it). Sorry I can't think of any manufacturers but I would steer clear of the washers which look like dishwashers on steroids, ime they're not all that good and the travelling washers have the benefits of normally including an air knife (to push off excess water), higher temperatures and a clear demarkation between clean and dirty.

Dear GMO:

Thanks for the swift reply, I searched by tray washer but no avail, I believe that this type of washers machines not designed for washing the boxes or baskets . Is there a brouchor that would be assist in my enquery , I think this machine same with warewashing mchines .


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Posted 09 October 2010 - 03:27 PM

I just did a google search and came up with this:

http://www.indwash.c...ts/traywashers/



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Posted 13 October 2010 - 04:20 PM

Depend of the amount of boxes, http://www.diversey.com/home rent us a washing machine for .



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Posted 13 October 2010 - 05:29 PM

http://www.indwash.c...ts/traywashers/



Looks amazing if it really works. :thumbup: The cost and electicity bill are probably pretty amazing also ?

@MatCL - yr link gave me a runtime error unfortunately (ffox maybe).

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Posted 13 October 2010 - 07:15 PM

Depend of the amount of boxes, ***broken link*** rent us a washing machine for .

The link is broken so I've removed it. Matt can you try again please.


Looks amazing if it really works. :thumbup: The cost and electicity bill are probably pretty amazing also ?

@MatCL - yr link gave me a runtime error unfortunately (ffox maybe).

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 06:37 PM

IWM (Industrial Washing Machines), Newsmiths Stainless and Unitech are the three main Tray/Crate washing machine manufactures in the UK ( We have several machines for our Business usage), they do all sizes of machines for small to large jobs. If not there is alway the option to get the trays/Crates washed at a Third party wash plant.



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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:08 PM

Try using Douglas Machines Corp.
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1-727-461-3477



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Posted 30 November 2010 - 08:21 PM

Oliver Douglas and Bruel are other manufacturers I have seen.

None of these machines is very cheap and you need to do your calculations carefully.

Depending upon your volume of trays, contract washing through a pooling system like Chep may be an option



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Posted 12 January 2011 - 01:59 PM

In the past I've had experience with a Newsmith washing machine for plastic baskets/trays and I was very pleased with its performance.
But depending on the required capacity for your wash process it may not be justified to invest in such anexpensive machine.
In the company I am currently working we also needed to wash plastic trays which are used for transporting fresh vegetables.
For about 2000 trays per week I decided to design a washing room (made of panels) and we also bought a high pressure cleaning machine (~ 190 bar, hot water). We now use this construction and we are very pleased with the results. The cost of the room was less than 5000 Euros.

Maybe an idea?

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 03:40 PM

In the company I am currently working we also needed to wash plastic trays which are used for transporting fresh vegetables.
For about 2000 trays per week I decided to design a washing room (made of panels) and we also bought a high pressure cleaning machine (~ 190 bar, hot water). We now use this construction and we are very pleased with the results. The cost of the room was less than 5000 Euros.


Dear Yannis,

Sorry for question, but does that machine wash trays itself, or workers wash trays with high pressure water spray coming from a machine?
Sounds like a very good idea. I'm trying to imagine how the whole process is happening in your new construction Posted Image

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 07:59 AM

Dear Yannis,

Sorry for question, but does that machine wash trays itself, or workers wash trays with high pressure water spray coming from a machine?
Sounds like a very good idea. I'm trying to imagine how the whole process is happening in your new construction Posted Image



Dear Inesa,

The trays are washed in this room by one worker who is using high pressure water spray created by a portable machine (Nilfisk)
Also a detergent and or sanitizer can be added in this machine.
The area of the washing room is 3x3 m

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 08:59 AM

Dear Yannisg,

The area of the washing room is 3x3 m


Must be a very slim worker !

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Posted 13 January 2011 - 09:54 PM

Dear Yannisg,

Thanks for explanation. I'm just wondering about water temperature? What kind of protective clothing your employee has?


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Posted 14 January 2011 - 07:55 AM

Dear Yannisg,

Thanks for explanation. I'm just wondering about water temperature? What kind of protective clothing your employee has?


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Inesa,

We adjust the temperature of the water at 60 degrees celcius. This temperature in combination with the high pressure is sufficient in order to remove the dirt from the trays. But most of these high pressure machines can produce even steam (eventually useful for other cleaning applications).
The employee is using a normal rain coat and boots.

Yannis

Edited by Yannisg, 14 January 2011 - 08:36 AM.


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Posted 08 June 2011 - 05:07 PM

Ozone tray washers if your plant is plumbed for ozinated water is a thought.

Bill Nelson out of Seattle, WA designed one I hear for the Alaskan seafood industry.

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