Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) more cost efficient than manual cleaning

Today still many process plants are cleaned manually in the food industry. However, such cleaning is rarely efficient, and much less effective. Automated cleaning such as Cleaning-In-Place (CIP), is the only guarantee of a cost-effective, reliable and safe result.

Food safety first

CIP systems ensure automatic cleaning where the cleaning data can be measured and validated. According to current standards, it is the best way to ensure a hygienic cleaning of your equipment.

In addition, manual cleaning can lead to risk of environmental contamination. Think of cleaning with a high pressure system where dirt, bacteria and other contaminants are removed locally, but are blown to another location in your production hall. Aerosols, for example, can remain suspended up to 24 hours in the air. They can be transported several meters further - at 15 bar aerosols go up 6 meter high and 15 meters away - leading to contamination of another part of the production area.

Gain in reliability

The automatic control ensures that the cleaning is done always in the same way - as opposed to manual cleaning:

  • Dosage. CIP cleaning always guarantees the correct dosage of cleaning agents. For manual cleaning there is no warranty. The dosage may be too high, and the cleaning means can affect the material of the installation to be cleaned. If insufficient detergent is used, the equipment is cleaned insufficiently and the risk of contamination is not completely eliminated.
  • Cleaning time. The cleaning times are pre-programmed to ensure optimal efficient and effective cleaning. With manual cleaning there is usually some variation on the cleaning time. However, if too little time is devoted to cleaning, the installation will not be sufficiently clean. On the other hand, if cleaning takes too long, the foam may dry and not rinse off sufficiently.
  • Completeness. During manual cleaning some parts may be improperly cleaned or even skipped. This is visually difficult to check. A CIP will always clean the entire surface thoroughly and in the same manner.
  • Reproducibility. Manual cleaning is done differently every time, each time leaving no guarantee a uniform cleaning result. With a fully automatic system, the cleaning is performed according to predetermined settings.

Efficient cleaning

Fully automatic cleaning also results in significant efficiency gains:

  • Reduction in cost of operation. By automating the cleaning, less man hours are required for cleaning, resulting in a saving in staff costs.
  • Optimal use of resources. The volume and temperature of water and concentration of detergents will be optimized for effective and efficient cleaning.
  • Faster cleaning. CIP systems can clean faster by optimizing all cleaning parameters (temperature and concentration of detergent, type of spray balls , ... ) . Consequently, the production time of the installations can be extended .
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