At Coopers Hawk Winery in Countryside, IL tank cleaning and worker safety have improved significantly by using an automated 5TM tank cleaning nozzle from Lechler. Mike Karkhoff, who is their General Manager of Winery & Warehouse Operations says that workers were often injured when tanks were manually cleaned a few years ago and the cleaning process could take anywhere from 1 to 1 ½ hours. Now that the 5TM is being used, tanks are cleaned in 20 minutes or less!
The 5TM is Lechler’s most powerful tank cleaning nozzle and has been the choice for many wineries. At Cooper’s Hawk, the unit is used 2 to 3 times per day for cleaning 4,500 and 6,000 gallon tanks.
Mike Karkhoff says this unit is very simple to repair, unlike others models which required them to be sent back to the factory for repair. Since the 5TM contains fewer moving parts, repairs are inexpensive and can be done immediately; you’re never without a unit, says Mike. Only one unit is required for cleaning multiple tanks at Cooper’s Hawk because they use the portable cart, which connects directly to the 5TM. The cart can be easily inserted through the sidewall manway and then transported to other tanks for cleaning.