Pallet Washing for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Pallet Washing for the Pharmaceutical Industry

Effective cleaning of pallets used to transfer material is a regulatory requirement of the FDA for the pharmaceutical (drugs) industry and is covered by GMP (Goods Manufacturing Practice) regulation part 133.4.

Plastic pallets are used extensively in the pharmaceutical supply chain from transport of raw materials and packaging components in the production process through to the delivery of finished packaged products to distribution centres.

In order to enable pharmaceutical manufacturers to attain the highest levels of cleaning efficiency, Cat Pumps offer a stainless steel "Pallet Wash Module" (PWM) based on its proven high pressure positive displacement pump systems.

The pump/motor wash unit comprises of the following:

  • Direct coupled pump and motor
  • Pressure regulator
  • Pressure relief valve relief
  • Pressure Gauge
  • Pulsation Dampener

The pump/motor wash unit is enclosed within a stainless steel frame and cover to minimise any escape of cleaning water and reduce noise.

Control of the PWM is via a stainless steel control panel which provides the following:

  • Stop/Start and timer controlled Direct on Line (DOL) starting.
  • Senses flow demand using flow sensor to switch on the motor/pump as necessitated by demand.
  • Senses no flow to switch off the pump/motor unit after a user-adjustable pre-set period, i.e. when no pallet cleaning is taking place.

The 'no flow - no go' control system combined with the long-lasting and efficient Cat Pump makes the PWM a highly efficient and dependable cleaning system for the pharmaceutical industry.


Application Specification

Pallet Washing
Cat Pumps Model 661                                           
Liquid to be Pumped  Water
Ambient Temperature  +1 to 40°C
Liquid Inlet Temperature  +1 to 65°C
Output Flow Rate  27 l/min
 Liquid Outlet (Working) Pressure 180 bar g







Download Our Case Study






1 Fleet Business Park
Sandy Lane
Church Crookham
FLEET, Hampshire
GU52 8BF

Call Now

T.01252 622031
F.01252 626655

Contact Us