At Highland Equipment, we specialize in the production of stainless steel processing equipment for food and beverage producers. These large-scale applications require thorough and reliable cleaning, which is done with the assistance of clean-in-place (CIP) systems. The CIP system is used to destroy the buildup of soil in machines that produce consumable products. Configurations in any CIP system include the machine’s design, performance, and automation level.
Process systems are used in many applications, such as food and beverage, dairy, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical. The systems that produce and package these items are designed to ensure food and beverages are safely manufactured before delivery to consumer stores. Because the final products are consumable, it is important the machines are cleaned safely without the risk of future contamination. To do this, most manufacturers utilize CIP systems to flush the entire system between batches.
The parts and technology of CIP systems vary, including water and temperature equipment, pumps, piping, valves, surface finishes, and chemicals specific for use in CIP systems. Automation technology helps reduce the possibility of human error while keeping employees safe from possibly dangerous chemicals. It also is beneficial because the process is repeatable and can easily be tracked with and reported to prove compliance with industry standards. Additionally, CIP system automation also saves on expensive water and chemical costs.
What Are the Steps in Clean-in-Place Automation?
CIP system process includes the following steps:
- Consider the type of soil that must be cleared from the manufacturing line. For example: liquid-based products are much simpler to clean than food. Also be mindful of bacteria when working with dairy products.
- Ensure the right temperature, time, chemicals, and cleaning action is used before the cleaning process begins. Using the wrong methods can result in improper sanitation.
- Most cleaning cycles begin with a pre-rinse that removes residue and begins the process of removing leftover materials. This step uses potable water and is only a preliminary step for a more thorough sanitation process.
- Next is a caustic rinse, which uses a safe chemical compound to remove soil and clean the interior of the system process. This is followed by another rinse, to wash away the chemical and the material.
- A final and sanitizing rinse is the last step in the CIP process.
By following these steps after every batch, food and beverage production equipment will be sanitary and able to perform at a higher efficiency.
Working with Highland Equipment
At Highland Equipment Inc., our dedicated and knowledgeable staff has the experience required to properly design and install your CIP system. Our quality assurance comes from our years of experience and industry certifications and standards.
Our industry-leading capabilities make us the best choice for processing and CIP system equipment. We are able to create new CIP systems, or attach to existing equipment. Contact us to see how CIP systems can help your equipment be more efficient and sanitary.