Washing intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) can mean high energy and water consumption. With an eye on sustainable manufacturing, IBC cleaning specialist Suncombe has introduced a new version of its IBCWashBooth, which is able to recirculate washing solutions and reduce water consumption by up to 80%, as well as offering additional benefits.
Users can choose to recirculate the washing solutions or maintain single-pass cleaning. The choice of recirculation or single-pass can be switched on or off during every step of every wash programme (recipe), allowing companies to achieve a fully repeatable, validatable recipe while, at the same time, minimising water usage without affecting wash quality.
Suncombe has also incorporated its Spurge Bar technology into the booths to minimise liquid flow rates, while consequently reducing the consumption of cleaning additives, energy use and effluent generation.
‘Our customers are continuously looking at ways to reduce their environmental impact, but still need to ensure a completely secure and validatable cleaning regime,'said Suncombe Director David Adams. 'Our solution provides them with the best of both worlds as the recirculation function can be turned on and off at any stage of the cleaning cycle.’
The IBCWashBooth uses an innovative spray technique and high impact accurate spray targeting. Built to hygienic and sanitary standards and complying with ASME, BPE, GAMP, ISPE and 21 CFR Part 11 regulations, it is available in single-door or pass-through versions. The Suncombe DuoBooth is used on high throughput systems, wherein two IBCs are cleaned simultaneously in a single booth.
Other features of the unit include 316L stainless steel construction throughout, a crevice-free washing chamber, inflatable door seals for full containment, one to four chemical dosing systems and HEPA-filtered air drying and cooling.