Nantou Winery in Nantou County, Taiwan invested in a 15,000bph recyclable bottle washer from IC Filling Systems for their winery.
Minimum environmental impact
The bottle washer has been specially designed to minimise environmental impact. In fact, ICFS paid particular attention to water and steam consumption, and to the duration of the detergent bath.
The completely automated wash cycle includes an initial bottle-emptying station followed by a pre-wash spraying and first pre-soak bath. This significantly reduces detergent bath pollution and markedly decreases energy consumptions.
In the pre-soak area a belt filter has been installed that automatically removes the main impurities typical of recycled bottles (straws, paper, cigarette butts, for instance).
The washing of bottles is completed with the internal and external high-pressure detergent wash sprays, using self-cleaning and self-centring rotating nozzles. Accurate rinsing is performed with water sprays (at decreasing temperature), which accompany the bottles to the final rinse using mains water.
The processes developed during the design stage have achieved extraordinary results. By installing a special valve with integrated flow meter on the mains pipe (controlled directly by the control panel), it is possible to detect the instantaneous and daily water consumption required for the proper washing of the bottles.
Thanks to these processes, the new machine has a water consumption equal to 0.098 litres per bottle, which is even lower than the value desired by the winery in their contract.
The system includes: —
- Sensors for slowing down or stopping the machine in case of missing or clogging of the bottles on the conveyor belts
- Synchronisation of the bottle washer speed with that of the filling monoblock
- Control and introduction of detergent and additives in the washing bath and of sequestrants/disinfectants in the spray tanks
- Self-cleaning filters in the tanks
- Automatic bottle loading and unloading, perfectly synchronised with the movement of the main chain
IC FILLING SYSTEMS is a flexible and dynamic company that focuses on customer satisfaction, the quality of its systems and assistance services and technological innovation.
IC Filling Systems has been working for several years in the bottling sector, and thanks to the experience acquired in this field, it can guarantee to its customers the maximum yields, user-friendly operation, minimum operational costs as well as a long working life of its machines.
The long experience and research meet the needs of customers looking for quality and wanting to reduce their environmental impact. Recovering glass from bottles used in the beverage industry, for example, is ethical and environmentally friendly.
However, doing it in a traditional way entails a series of drawbacks: more waste management costs, more pollution caused by road transport, more CO2 emissions, more time and personnel involved in the cycle, and consequently higher operational costs.
On the other hand, recovering glass with the IC Filling Systems method reduces or completely eliminates these disadvantages. For this reason, the company builds bottle washers for all production capacities.
This machine allows the customer to reach a mechanical efficiency equal to 99.4%. It has been installed by IC Filling Systems after exceeding the standards required by the customer, confirming its position as a world leader in the construction of glass washing machines.