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Crate cleaning: What is important in the food industry

28 September 2023

Container cleaning in the food industry is a crucial process to ensure high product quality, safety and regulatory compliance. Modern systems help the food industry meet this aspect of hygiene safety. Hygienic, time-saving, resource-saving.

Investing in a container cleaning system is already worthwhile for small and medium-sized food producers. Flexible systems from PHT can be designed to suit the size of the company and can also include containers of different sizes: large containers, stacking containers, food-safe bins, ingredient containers, transport containers, etc.

Challenges in container cleaning

Clean containers and boxes are crucial to avoid contamination, maintain high product quality and ensure consumer safety. Cleaning containers removes food residue as well as bacteria and germs that can cause illness. The following three challenges must be overcome:

Cleaning Efficiency: Efficient cleaning methods are required to save time and resources. The cleaning process must not disrupt operations.

Sustainability: The food industry is increasingly looking for more environmentally friendly cleaning methods that reduce water consumption and the use of cleaning agents.

Hygiene: Incomplete cleaning does not remove all product residue. Containers of every shape and size must be hygienically cleaned down to the smallest corners.

Indispensable: modern cleaning systems

In the past, boxes and containers in food establishments were cleaned manually. That cost time and manpower. And the cleaning result was not always satisfactory. That’s why the food industry today relies on mechanical cleaning systems such as the PHT crate cleaning systems of the CM series.

The systems are equipped with special flushing rotor nozzles that reach every corner. Thanks to the ingenious design, even containers of different heights can be washed unsorted. This saves time when loading and unloading and thus speeds up work processes. And: water and cleaning agent consumption is optimized. The decisive factors here are the design of the washing systems, their module sizes and the setting options. A longer soaking time reduces fresh water consumption. Depending on the degree of contamination of the containers, you can adjust the temperature and duration of the cleaning process as required and also select a coarse pre-rinse.

The individual setting also includes optimizing cleaning agent consumption. The less cleaner you use, the less fresh rinse water you will need to rinse this product off the box. This not only means saving water, but also reducing the use of chemicals.

Advantages of CM series:
  • Gentle water consumption
  • Low use of cleaning agents
  • Fast loading and unloading
  • Safe cleaning of the corners
  • Suitable for different container sizes

Hygiene viewed holistically

Container cleaning is an essential part of food hygiene. The best hygiene measures are of little use if the food is stored and transported improperly after production. Anyone who looks at hygiene from a 360-degree perspective requires the same standards when cleaning containers as when it comes to processing processes or personal hygiene.

The PHT Group supports you with state-of-the-art container cleaning systems. We would be happy to advise you and introduce you to cleaning systems that are tailored precisely to your needs.