industrial parts washer tote cleaning
  • Customer: Manufacturer of fluid control products

  • Item to Clean: Plastic dunnage/totes of varying sizes

  • Contamination: Chips, soluble coolant, dirt, dust

  • Process Parameters: Wash, intermediate blowoff, rinse, intermediate blowoff, heated blowoff

  • Cleanliness Required: Visually clean

  • Dryness Required: 100% dry preferred, some slight residual moisture is acceptable

  • Production Rate: 500 totes/day (for three work shifts), approx. 23.8 totes/hour

  • Machine Type: Aquamaster CB-1200E (Conveyorized Belt)

Customer Background

Customer is a manufacturer of fluid control and fuel system components for the automotive industry. Components are manufactured for automotive companies in North America and Asia.


Customer was looking for a system to clean plastic totes of various sizes at a rate of 500 totes per day. With a three-shift workday, the machine needed to run continuously through all three shifts. The totes were contaminated with chips, soluble coolant, dirt, and dust. Totes needed to exit the washer visually clean and preferably 100% dry.

washer for plastic trays


Alliance provided an Aquamaster CB-1200E conveyorized belt parts cleaning system with wash, rinse, and heated blowoff. The wash and rinse zones are located in one module while the heated blowoff module is separate. The two modules are joined by a 180-degree looping return conveyor. The conveyor has lane guides designed to keep totes upright through the washing system for maximum cleaning and drying effectiveness. Adjustable nozzles are positioned surrounding the conveyor belt in the wash/rinse zones. Air knives are adjustable in the blowoff module to accommodate various tote sizes. Mist collectors are located in both the wash and rinse zones. An ambient, intermediate blower is located on the wash/rinse module to provide blowoff of solution between the wash and rinse zones and at the end of the rinse zone to minimize cross-contamination and solution retention before parts travel to the heated blowoff module. Other accessories included were an oil skimmer and PLC control package. The machine also included a roller accumulation conveyor at the unload end.