Cleaning and Sanitizing Medical Waste Containers – Case Study 23210

Cleaning and Sanitizing Medical Waste Containers
Ramp for Cleaning Medical Waste Containers
Ramp for Cleaning Medical Waste Containers

Background:

This company is a leading provider of environmental and industrial services for companies and government agencies and is an expert in hazardous waste management and removal. In particular, the company provides onsite pickup and replacement of Sharps® containers and medical waste bins from medical facilities. Effective cleaning and sanitizing of medical waste containers is crucial for FDA compliance. For this reason, container contents are properly disposed of, and then the containers are cleaned, sanitized, and placed back in the field for service.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

Firstly, the customer needed to clean and sanitize a variety of Sharps® containers and medical waste bins ranging in sizes of 2-gallon and 3-gallon Sharps® containers and 10-gallon, 17-gallon, 31-gallon, and 43-gallon medical waste bins. Secondly, the bins also needed to be manually loaded directly from the freight dock to the washer.

Solution/System:

In this case, the solution was a stainless steel Cyberjet conveyor washer with a 36” inch wide belt. The belt is divided into two lanes by guide rails, one lane for the Sharps® containers and one for the medical waste bins. While Sharps® container lids are placed in a basket to be washed in the second lane.

This system is comprised of 3-stages: recirculated wash (sanitize to 180°+ F), recirculated rinse, and a short blow-off with a 15 HP regenerative blower. Additionally, the system throughput is 200 containers/hour. Furthermore, a conveyor ramp was attached to feed the bins directly from the freight door to the load end of the washer. The unit also features steam heat for the wash and rinse stages and a steam exhaust system.

Additional features include:

  • in-line micron filter
  • electronic eye sensors at the unload end of the conveyor
  • locking door switches
  • marine clean-out doors
  • valve to siphon detergent into a water fill line

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Cosmetic Pails Drums Parts Cleaning – Case Study 21155

return conveyor barrel pail washer
Conveyor Washer for Cosmetic Drums Pails
Conveyor Washer for Cosmetic Drums Pails

Background:

This company is an American multinational cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and personal care company. They produce large quantities of various cosmetics (for eyes, face, lips, nails, and more) each in a wide color pallet. The make-up constituents are stored in plastic pails and drums and these containers need to be cleaned after each use. This company cleaned the containers manually using a hand-held pressure washer. The result was a mess in more ways than one. They wanted an automatic cosmetic pail-drum washer to help increase efficiency.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

Design one conveyor washer that could clean both 5-gallon pails as well as 55-gallon drums. The system had to wash and rinse the containers, fit in a really tight room and have a return conveyor so that one operator can load and unload the parts.

Solution/System:

The solution was a two-stage (wash and rinse), stainless steel cosmetic pail-drum washer with a 24-inch wide U-shaped return conveyor belt and hinged side rails that fold down to secure the smaller pails. The system also has a CIP system for the wash and rinse tanks and a 40-inch working height.

The conveyor belt is flat-wire and has a “smart drive” with torque overload control. The belt has “pushers” to keep containers moving forward on the belt and has a variable speed of 1-10 FPM.

The spray and rinse modules both feature a 500-gallon tank, a 7.5 HP pump, water level controls, easy cleanout access, and drain and overflow ports.

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Sanitization Parts Washer – Case Study 21154

Sanitary Cosmetic Parts Washer | Better Engineering
Sanitization Washer
Sanitization Washer

Background:

This company is a global cosmetics and personal care products manufacturer.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

The filling machines at cosmetic companies have to be torn down and meticulously cleaned on a regular basis. This company needed a system to automate the cleaning and sanitizing of components.

Solution/System:

The solution was a CE-3000-SAN stainless steel sanitary spray washer with a 37″ diameter turntable and 48″ working height. This machine cycles through a wash stage and at least two (2) rinse stages. The wash solution can be saved and dumped after “X” cycles. Cabinet is hygienic-by-design and the roll-in door exposes a portion of turntable for ergonomic loading of larger volume containers by the operator as well as minimizes overall footprint.

Drum Washer for Pharmaceutical Industry – Case Study 21429

D-24 pharma drum washer
drum washer spray
Drum Washer Spray

Background:

This company is a global manufacturer of integrated containment systems for the pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

They needed a sanitary system that would be able to clean mass volumes of small rubber parts after punch-out.

Solution/System:

A sanitary drum washer designed specifically for the pharmaceutical industry. Parts are automatically loaded and the drum tumbles the parts through the system. The parts are washed, dried, and then move onto the next stage. The D-24 has a 24″ diameter drum and a super “clean design” to maintain sanitary conditions. All areas of the machine are accessible and there is a self-cleaning cycle. Better Engineering also designed a hydraulic cart to periodically remove the drum for detailed inspection and maintenance.

Sanitizing Medical Waste Containers – Case Study 21201

Medical Waste Bin Conveyor Washer
C-42 Medical Waste Bin Washer
C-42 Medical Waste Bin Washer

Background:

This company is a leading company in the waste management and environmental services industry. They provide sustainable environmental solutions for local municipalities, restaurants, commercial properties, government agencies, manufacturing/industrial facilities, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare and medical facilities, and more.

Parts Cleaning Challenge:

This company processes and disposes of medical waste containing infectious materials from healthcare facilities. They needed to clean and sanitize large volumes of medical waste containers of different sizes for re-distribution to hospitals and medical facilities. There are three types of containers to be cleaned: 31-gallon, 43-gallon, and 55-gallon sizes, and some with split lids. Sanitizing these containers requires specialized cleaning methods to ensure microorganisms are almost entirely eradicated to prevent contamination. They needed an automated system that could process the various sized containers in the same machine, handle the large volume, and provide an efficient and regulatory-compliant environmental solution.

Solution/System:

The solution was a model C-42 stainless steel conveyor washer with a 42-inch wide belt to clean and sanitize up to 300 medical waste containers per hour. The system has three stages: pre-wash, wash, and rinse/sanitize (+180° F). Adjustable air manifolds powered by a 10HP regenerative blower with sound shield blow water off the containers upon exit.

Parallel roller chains with chain attachments act as pushers to move the containers through the three stages, and static guide rails keep the containers centered on the conveyor. The work envelop is 42” wide x 40” high. The system also features a 20 HP pump, steam-heated tanks, water level controls, marine cleanout doors, speed sensor, and more.

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