LINPAC Services has boosted its tray and bulk container washing capacity by investing in new technology at its Tamworth site.
The two new machines – a tray wash and a bulk container wash – are expected to reduce turnaround times for customers who use the British Retail Consortium (BRC) accredited washing, repair and hire service.
Primarily used for re-useable Maxinest trays in the grocery and food distribution industry, the new automated wash machine can clean 30,000 trays per day, increasing the firm’s wash capacity by over 7% or 2000 trays a day.
The new bulk container wash has halved the turnaround time for Geobox rigid bulk containers, Maxipac bulk shippers and plastic pallets widely used in the agri-food industry. The new machine can wash twice the amount of containers compared to the previous jet washing method.
“The investment in new tray washing machinery simply means we can wash more trays in a day and get them back to our customers sooner,” said Lisa Tank, head of contract delivery.
“The machine washes trays at 65°C to 80°C in a sodium hydroxide solution with high pressure jets at 80 psi. The jets are positioned above and below the trays to remove all dirt, food waste and help with label removal. The trays are then rinsed at 40 psi before being swab tested, labelled and returned to the customer for re-use.”
Image – Top, The new technology at Linpac can clean 30,000 trays every single day.