HYGIENIC FOLDING PALLET BOXES: THERE’S A SOLUTION AT LAST!
Folding Dolav ACEPallet boxes are widely used in the food sector but, until now, users had to make a choice. They could choose rigid boxes that take up as much space when they’re empty as they do when they’re full or they could choose folding boxes that were virtually impossible to wash effectively. Dolav Plastic Products Cooperative Limited, a leading supplier of rigid pallet boxes, worked on this problem for five years and has developed a solution that’s both convenient and cost effective.
The innovative Dolav DFLC is a large pallet box that gives the best of both worlds. Because it can be disassembled into five components – four sides and a base – it can be folded flat when empty. And because each component can be washed separately, high levels of hygiene can be achieved. To confirm that its revolutionary new boxes really do meet the needs of the food sector, Dolav teamed up with Industrial Washing Machines Limited (IWM), a renowned expert in washing technology.
Folding ACE - wash testIn conjunction with detergents specialist Holchem, Dolav and IWM carried out a series of trials. For the preliminary trials, the boxes were coated with a proprietary gel that fluoresces under UV light, and then washed in a customised IWM P100 pallet washer. After washing, the boxes were examined with a UV light source in a darkened room. No fluorescence was seen, confirming that all of the gel had been removed.
Subsequent trials were designed to more closely replicate real world conditions and the boxes were heavily soiled with a sausage, minced meat and mayonnaise mix prior to washing. The results were assessed using sensitive ATP (adenosine triphosphate) detection techniques and revealed that all surfaces reached consistently achieved a “cautionary clean” or better standard. When subjected to the same tests, conventional folding containers from other suppliers produced results were 10 to 100 times worse and, in every case, categorised as “not clean”.
If you are active in the food sector and you use pallet boxes, the new Dolav DFLC boxes partnered with washing machines from IWM could revolutionise your logistical operations, slashing transport costs and reducing the space needed to store empty boxes. Why not find out more? A comprehensive report on the Dolav/IWM hygiene trials, including original photographs taken at every stage, can be downloaded at http://www.dolav.com/media/2204419/Dolav_Folding_Pallet_Box_Hygienic_Assessment__2_.pdf