Cleaning In Place - CIP Unit
Automatic “Cleaning In Place” Systems:
The highly flexible cleaning system, from the APC series, is solidly built and easy to operate. The APC series CIP systems are designed to produce an extremely high hygienic standard and provide the possibility of cleaning highly sensitive process equipment like: process reactors, storage tanks, pasteurization units, filling machines, and many other types of equipment that require a strict hygienic cleaning.
The APC Series is available with a flow rate output from 1 to 100m³ per hour per every cleaning cycle and the ability to clean and sterilize up to 10 units of process equipment at the same time, depending upon the equipment. The systems are designed with high flexibility, so that all cleaning cycles and recipes are fully controllable from the control panel.
The CIP Cleaning System has several cleaning cycles: Prewash Cycle, Lye Cycle, Acid Cycle, Final Rinse, and Sterilization Cycle. Not all cleaning cycles are needed for every plant. For this reason the CIP system can have from 1 to 5 cleaning tanks. The classic CIP system includes five tanks: Return water from the final rinse, lye tank, acid tank, fresh water tank, and sterilization tank (hot or cold). The CIP system will be adapted for the cleaning needs of each individual plant.
The cleaning function of the tanks include: “Pre-Rinse” to take the rough product remnants out of the process tank, “Lye Cycle” to take the fats and more resistant product remnants out of the process tank , “Acid Cycle” to break down the calcium and other build-up on the wall of the tanks, “Final Rinse” to return the detergent to the CIP tank, and “Sterilization Cycle” shortly before the product ingredients enter the tank. The Sterilization Cycle can be made cold or warm, meaning; with chemicals, ozone, hot water, or steam.
In every cycle, parameters, such as temperature and cleaning detergent concentration, are measured and documented. Only when the specified temperature and concertation of the cleaning detergent are reached, will the CIP cleaning cycle time countdown begin. After completion of a cycle, the system switches automatically to the next cleaning sequence. All sequences are recipe controlled and fully documented.
Automatic CIP Cleaning Advantages
- Validation enabled cleaning process
- Recipe controlled repeatability for different cleaning parameters (cleaning time, order of cleaning cycles, concentrations of cleaning detergents, and flow rates)
- Fast and safe cleaning cycles
- Efficient use of process water
- Economical use of cleaning detergent
- Reduction of waste water / cleaning water
- Remotely control the cleaning system
- Increased shelf life of products by cleaning and sterilizing the equipment
- Potential to clean up to 10 pieces of process equipment at the same time
- Full leakage separation between cleaning detergents and final rinsing water or sterilization water