Automatic CIP systems feature automatic valves that will introduce the CIP flow at the proper time to the process line. The valves allow the flow of product to pause, introduce the cleaning solution, and then reintroduce product back to the system after sanitization is complete. Tanks can be incorporated for caustic wash, acid wash, and freshwater rinsing. The automation sequences include regulating duration, amount of chemicals, and temperature. Electronic data records and digitally saved files streamline the record-keeping process to stay compliant with the industry.
Food grade panels are integrated into our custom systems that are rated for complete washdown. Hygienic enclosures protect electrical equipment in the most extreme washdown and sanitary conditions. FDA compliant gaskets protect against cleaning agents and are safe for high-pressure washes. Sanitary door latches can also be added to save time during the cleaning process.
The Spec Engineering team has prior experience with customizing a CIP system to fit in a congested space. In a project for a leading food manufacturer, Spec transitioned a 20-year-old CIP system to a modern, automated system. Old and new lines were run simultaneously for approximately four weeks before completely transitioning to the new system. With a skid system of 22 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 17 ft. tall, the engineering team needed to be strategic with transporting the system into the facility, while also finding the proper space for the system. This modular CIP skid was pre-assembled in Spec’s manufacturing facility, and an in-house factory acceptance test was completed. The skid was then disassembled and prepared for shipment.
Pipe routing plans were developed to fit the system into the congested space, with over 2,000 ft. of sanitary tubing installed. There was a large effort from the automation team as new safety features were introduced to the system and PLC/HMI controls were Ethernet-connected throughout. While plant capacity increased, the integration of the CIP system also decreased downtime for cleaning shutdowns. At the same time, there is increased cleanability and hygienic design while the amount of operator interaction has decreased.
Automated CIP sanitation systems make food processing solutions more efficient while reducing the amount of water and chemicals used and increasing operator safety. Whether integrating a new CIP system into your food processing line or updating an old system, the economic and environmental benefits are well-received.