Every business wants to stay ahead of technology because new tech can give businesses a competitive advantage. Sometimes implementing new tech is challenging because it provokes change. When it comes to Clear Solutions Technology we want the plant trial process to be as easy as possible. In this article we explain how our plant trial process works so you know what to expect.
Step 1: Get Information
- What product does the plant currently run?
- What equipment will be involved with the trial?
- What chemical(s) are being used in the wash?
- How long are the CIP washing cycles?
- What is the chemical set point?
- How much chemical is currently being used?
- What is the water hardness and does it change?
- What temperature do you CIP with?
- What is the flow rate?
Step 2: Schedule Trial Date
We work with your team to determine the best timing to run a trial at your facility. We take into account equipment, staffing, product runs, seasons, and every variable that could affect the success of the trial.
It’s best to start the trial with a clean system. There are several ways to clean before the trial. For breweries we typically recommend a 2% sulfamic acid. Starting with a clean system will show results much faster.
It’s very important that we schedule during a time when our plant expert can be involved with the wash and rinse cycles of the equipment. It is important that our trial process is followed closely. Deviating from the recommended process could invalidate the data collected during the trial and the plant will not experience the benefits of our products.
Satisfaction is Guaranteed!…or your money back
We know that running a new cleaning product through a plant can be a challenge. That’s why we will refund every penny of the trial if you are not completely satisfied. Our trial recommendations must be followed to be eligible for the satisfaction guarantee.
Step 3: Order Chemical
Once we have the information we need and the trial date is scheduled we can determine which of our products fits best with the plant. At this point we also determine the quantity of our products needed to produce enough washes for sufficient data on the system. We ship chemicals with the plan for it to arrive a few days before the trial begins.
Step 4: Set Baseline Wash & Measure Cleanliness
The first wash of the trial will be the product and methods the plant is currently using. We use ATP testing to determine the cleanliness of the equipment being washed. This measures the number of dead cells left behind after each wash. It is important to measure the baseline so we know how effective the new wash cycles are.
Step 5: Run Wash Cycle with CSUSA Products & Measure Cleanliness
After the baseline wash, the equipment will need to run a batch of product like it normally would after any wash cycle. In the next wash we will add our product to the existing chemical wash blend used in the baseline wash. This is where we see the magic happen! We experience amazing results at this step with the cleanliness of the equipment. Some of our clients have never seen their equipment as clean as it became after this step.
Step 6: Find Optimum Cleaning Process & Calculate Savings
The goal of this step is to find the optimum cleanliness compared against the cost of cleaning chemicals. The equipment will run another batch of product to the point where it needs to be cleaned. This time in the wash cycle we will reduce the amount of all other chemicals including caustic and additives. This is where many customers see an impact on the bottom line because we are actually reducing the quantity of chemicals used which inherently reduces cleaning costs. At this step we also see if wash cycles can be stretched farther apart or wash durations shortened. In addition to reducing caustic and additives in the cleaning formula, we often see plants increase their profitable production time because the equipment can be cleaned quicker and/or less often.