Versatility in CIP: An Enticing Proposal



(Cleaning in Place) CIP can be a time-consuming process, especially on cold-process lines that must warm up before chemical solutions can be added. Chemical CIP requires running several chemicals in a pressurized air driven cycle (such as caustic wash to remove proteins and fats, acid wash to remove calcium and deposits, and sanitizers) due to loss of flow velocity and turbulence in u-bends, branch orientation and dead legs.

CleanerBlast 5G-100SS offers an alternative to give manufacturers an opportunity to make easy gains by extending CIP across their operations through a less toxic, less damaging, more versatile process. CleanerBlast CIP can be charged either using the plant facility’s compressed air supply or a portable air supply.

The major differences between the two types of CIP processes:

  • Chemical CIP requires higher acceleration (flow) to push through lines, often creating centrifugal force that pulls chemical solutions away from back walls in bends and U-turns. Lower acceleration CleanerBlast uses a powerful scouring action to scrub the entire circumference, consistently, throughout the line, in one cycle.

  • Chemical CIP saturates lines with high volumes of surface-damaging caustic and acid washes. CleanerBlast CIP does not. Sanitizer can be diluted in the CleanerBlast water tank for application during scouring, or rinse after scouring (depending on site requirements).

  • High flow rate in chemical systems means high volumes of liquid waste must be collected and treated or disposed. In the CleanerBlast system, extremely small consumption of grit, water and energy equates to a lower volume of waste generated. Gravity pulls the moistened grit to the workspace floor where it can be collected in berms; most of the vapor content evaporates during cleaning, so cleanup is condensed as well.

  • · Chemical CIP sometimes are manual and sometimes have built-in automatic systems that allow a worker to set up equipment for each cycle and verify results on the same machine. CleanerBlast machine is not built in. It requires an operator at the nozzle and a separate QC system or testing to verify results.

  • · Chemical CIP may or may not require removal of filters/membranes (depending on how well they dissolve fats and deposits). However, filters/membranes must be removed prior to use to prevent entrapment of fine grit using CleanerBlast.

CleanerBlast equipment directs vapor encapsulated fine abrasives through a nozzle into a process line or heat exchanger tube. Low hydraulic-driven blast pressure creates low, very precise, and controlled acceleration. The velocity (force) scouring the lines remains high (F=ma). During the process, vapor droplets provide cushioning that prevents ricochet, embedding or damage from abrasives. The result is high efficiency cleaning that is non-damaging, non-caustic, non-acidic and non-destructive to surfaces.


BONUS: Take on multiple roles with one tool.

At a compact 18” W x 30” L x 27”H and 150 lbs, CleanerBlast 5G-100SS is highly maneuverable with full terrain wheels and collapsible handle to go and fits practically anywhere. This is a heavy duty "tool" that performs a wide range of tasks beyond CIP. Outside the building it's used for oil stain removal and surface prep for concrete; on vehicles to remove road salts and clean containers, and to strip paint and coatings to prep for refurbishment. Use it with soft abrasives and set to remove graffiti very gently or restore oxidized paint, or load it with more aggressive abrasives to clean and restore surfaces such as tanks, rotors, turbines, blades, furnace tubes, conveyors, drums, waste receptacles, sluices, etc. The system is suitable for wood, asphalt, concrete, glass, copper, aluminum, plastic, fiberglass, stainless, galvanized or carbon steel, stone, brickwork, etc., and compatible with a huge range of grit types, CleanerBlast versatility extends across surface material, as well as portability. More tasks, more ROI.

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