You would like to purchase a crate washer. This is a good idea, because this machine will contribute significantly to the hygiene process within your company and guarantees the food safety of your end products. But what should you think about precisely when buying a crate washer? Elpress has made a list for you.
To be able to select the correct crate washer, the following concerns should be addressed:
- The type and degree of crate contamination.
- The number of crates that need to be washed.
- The type of crate that you want to wash.
- The availability and accessibility of the space or room where the washer is to be placed.
- The logistics surrounding the crate washer.
The type and degree of soiling of your crates has an influence on the washing process. You need to check what kind of soiling you are dealing with: protein, blood residues, fat, sticker glue and glue remnants or possibly a combination of these? Is there a low or high degree of contamination? And is the soiling fresh or dried?
Number of crates
The correct capacity of your crate washer will be determined by the number of crates that you would like to wash. You should not only look at the total number of crates per day, but also at possible peak moments and the availability of employees to operate the washer. Are there lots of crates to be washed within a short period of time? Or do you, for example, only have workers available for a few hours per day to operate the washer? In this case you will need a high capacity crate washer.
Type of crate
Before you purchase a crate washer, clearly identify the type of load carriers you work with in your company. Do you work with one type of crate or with various kinds of crates? What are the measurements and do they have grooves or indentations or not? Obviously the best efficiency is achieved when working with one type of crate. Do you have multiple types of crate then we advise you to sort the crates first before washing them? However this is not possible in all situations.
Space for the washer
Obviously you must have a suitable space that is large enough and easily accessible so that the washer can be installed without any problems. The room must have a solid floor, a high voltage power supply, a good water supply and drainage and a facility for heating the washing water. It is also important to have a good cleansing system available so that the washer can be cleaned. And last but not least do not forget the aeration or the possibility to extract air from the room. Usually when washing vapours are released and it creates steam.
It is important to keep the washed crates separate from the dirty ones. You need to think carefully about the logistics of the dirty crate delivery and the removal of the clean ones. Working with two separate rooms - the so called dirty and clean zones - is preferable.
The above points of interest are all variables that will influence the choice of a specific version of the crate washer. We will be more than pleased to provide you with suitable advice.
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