Following the ionization process, rinsing heads are lowered into the bottles to spray a concentrated stream of compressed air that detaches contaminants from the bottles. At the same time, a vacuum removes the loosened contaminants from the bottle, leaving a clean surface. Dust collection bags that are attached to the bottle cleaners can catch the particulate, or facilities can use existing extraction systems to dispose of vacuumed particles. This serves as an energy-efficient means of making bottles as clean as possible to meet industry standards.
Bottle cleaners are typically customized with specific programmable settings and size specifications to meet the needs of certain applications.
Unlike other cleaning methods, bottle cleaners avoid contamination caused by using water or cleaning products that could potentially leave residue within bottles following the cleaning process. Bottle cleaners only use ionized and compressed air to help avoid mixing any additional chemicals in with other products, serving to remove existing particulate.
Bottle cleaners can also help prevent the circulation of particulate throughout your facility, removing particles from the production line entirely instead of spreading them outside of the bottles with help from dust collection and extraction systems that can evacuate most types of particles.
Meeting Industrial Product Safety Standards
Apart from preserving the health of consumers and avoiding product spoilage that can result in a costly loss of product, another important reason for using bottle cleaning equipment in liquid filling lines is to meet safety standards across a variety of industries. Different applications will have different standards, and it’s important to be able to meet them at all times.
Beverages, liquid foods, liquid personal care, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic products require FDA approval prior to selling, but in some cases certain particulate can introduce chemicals or bacteria that compromise the integrity of these substances. To help keep products within FDA regulations, any foreign particulate should be absent from the final product upon filling and packaging.
The FDA has particularly stringent rules regarding coliform bacteria in beverages, including E. coli. Any products containing E. coli as evidence of fecal contamination of products will be deemed “adulterated,” unsafe, and unfit for consumption, so it’s necessary to make sure this strain of bacteria is removed from all bottles before filling begins. Certain dust particles during storage and shipping could contain these bacteria through rat feces or other external sources, resulting in inadvertent E. coli contamination.
Other potential contaminants that the FDA prohibits include arsenic, chloride, iron, manganese, phenols, dissolved solids, zinc, and fluoride. While bottled water and other beverages may contain a certain level of these contaminants that the FDA deems acceptable, bottle cleaners can help guarantee that the level of any of these contaminants is minimal.
Bottle cleaning equipment can almost completely eliminate any contaminants that threaten the cleanliness of products and consumer exposure to harmful bacteria, and ultimately help companies meet FDA standards more easily.
In addition to cleaning products and meeting industry regulations, utilizing a system of reliable bottle cleaners can help make sure your facility saves money in liquid packaging. Many contemporary state-of-the-art bottle cleaners are compatible across a variety of production line configurations, blending seamlessly with the rest of your liquid filling and packaging equipment. Cleaning can also prove to be a quick process, adding a small amount of time to your overall packaging process.
To find the best bottle cleaning machinery and effectively customize it to meet your needs, speak with an expert in the industry. Liquid packaging machine experts can assist with product selection, and many have the ability to help find ways to further improve your production line’s performance as a whole.