Before you purchase a crate washer, it is necessary to check whether you have a suitable space available at an accessible location and with the right facilities. These are important conditions for the efficient use of the crate washing machine.
To determine whether you have a suitable location for placing a crate washer, you must be able to answer 'yes' to the following questions:
- Is there enough room to get the washer to the right place?
- Is the floor strong enough to support the equipment?
- Is there power available?
- Is there a water supply?
- Does the place have good drainage?
- Is there provision for heating the washing water?
- Are there facilities for cleaning the crate washer and the area around it?
- Are there possibilities for vapour extraction from the room?
It is important that the area where the crate washer is to be placed is large enough. The washer must be easily accessible on all sides - for cleaning for example - and the machine's swinging doors must be able to be fully opened. If there is not enough space, it will make life difficult for your employees.
You must also check whether there is enough room to put the crate washer in its place. The passageway from the truck to the area where the washer is going to be located must be spacious enough.
The stainless steel housing, the pump installation and the water storage mean that the crate washer is heavy. So it is important that the floor is strong and of good quality - preferably made of concrete.
A crate washer runs on electricity. Make sure that there is a safe, watertight power supply in the room where the washer is to be installed.
It must be easy to connect the crate washing machine's water tank to a water supply with drinking water quality. Elpress recommends a water supply according to the 98/83/EC standard for drinking water.
A crate washer's water tank has a capacity of at least 150 litres, and for most models the tanks have a capacity for 350 litres or more. When this tank is emptied, it is important that the water is properly drained immediately. Good drainage via a drain or manhole is necessary. And the drains must be regularly maintained to ensure proper drainage.
Heating washing water
There must be a facility for heating the crate washer's washing water. There are various options available. The water can be heated by a steam boiler or a central heating boiler.
If such a facility is not present, heating the washing water with electric heating elements is also a good - but less energy-efficient - alternative.
It is important to properly maintain and clean the crate washer. A satellite cleaning station - preferably with a hose reel - must therefore be present close to the crate washer, otherwise a mobile cleaning system must be available.
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