Essential FAQs to Consider for a Successful CIP System Design

Essential FAQs to Consider for a Successful CIP System Design

For those unfamiliar with the term CIP, it refers to a cleaning system. Beverage manufacturers, such as breweries, use it to automatically clean and sanitize specific process equipment, such as pipes and tanks, without the need for disassembly.

Many issues arise with these systems due to misinformation provided by “out of the box” CIP providers. These one-size-fits-all solutions often fail to deliver as promised, resulting in disappointing outcomes that strain resources. Moreover, failures in the cleaning process can lead to serious product quality problems. On the other hand, a customized CIP solution, although initially daunting, offers significant long-term value.

What product needs cleaning?

It is crucial to understand this because different applications require varying levels of TACT, which stands for Time, Action, Concentration, and Temperature. Different types of food and chemical soils present unique cleaning challenges.

  • T – Time
  • A – Action
  • C – Concentration
  • T – Temperature

Light cleaning: Soil that easily dissolves and does not tightly cling to tank and pipe walls. Usually, thorough pre-rinsing removes most soils, while the remaining ones dissolve easily with an alkaline wash. In some cases, a single or two-tank system may suffice.

Moderate to heavy cleaning: Products that require stronger detergent concentrations and higher temperatures. Multiple high-temperature caustic and acid washes might be needed.

Do you collaborate with chemical suppliers to determine chemicals, exposure times, and temperatures?

A reliable chemical supplier can analyze the water and soil in your plant and choose a chemical that provides the fastest and most efficient reaction to break down the soil. They can also recommend the required contact time and the optimal temperature to facilitate soil breakdown.

Are your tanks designed for CIP cleaning?

Tanks made using older processes often lack the necessary design for cleaning with spray balls. While ports can be added to some of these systems, enabling efficient cleaning, other tanks may experience solution leaks when spray balls are added due to their original design limitations.

Does your production line have the proper slope for adequate drainage?

Water left between cleaning steps can leave residues that diminish cleaning effectiveness. Moreover, standing water in the system during downtime can become a breeding ground for bacteria.

What functions can the CIP system perform?

A well-equipped CIP system can perform various tasks, including cleaning tanks, lines, and equipment. Customers integrating a CIP system into a brewery may require it to perform a single task or multiple tasks simultaneously.

Are tanks usually cleaned with hot or cold water?

Tanks are typically cleaned at ambient temperature, although higher temperatures may be necessary in certain cases. Maintaining a constant temperature during the cleaning cycle and regulating it throughout the cooling process is critical. Additional programming is required to protect brewing equipment, and we have extensive experience in optimizing the right solution.

Is there a standardized CIP system available?

When a manufacturer or distributor assures you that a CIP system will perform as expected upon arrival, it’s easy to believe the hype. While this may be true to some extent, there are many other factors to consider.

Although the components in a CIP system might seem like commodities, the system’s design, integration with brewery equipment, and customization to meet customer requirements make it a bespoke solution. Almost all CIP systems become custom projects that demand extensive installation and configuration expertise.

What utilities are required to operate a CIP system?

In general, a fully functional CIP system requires a water source, a chemical source, steam, condensate return (for heating), and drains (both gravity and power drains). Every factor mentioned here determines the required tank size, the total number of tanks, and the necessary piping.

Can your CIP system guarantee 360° cleaning without any blind spots?

During the cleaning process, the cleaning solution must completely flush all pipes and equipment. If brewery equipment cannot be thoroughly rinsed, some cleaning solution may remain, which can impact subsequent brewing operations.

By understanding these nine common problems, you can determine whether your brewing system requires minor adjustments for in-place cleaning or major modifications to implement the CIP process. Of course, you can also save time and money by reading other articles on CIP systems.

If you plan to open or expand a brewery, consider contacting us for a turnkey solution for brewery equipment. Our engineers will design and manufacture brewery equipment tailored to your brewing process. Additionally, we provide complete turnkey solutions and customized options for brewery expansion projects.

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