CIP Plant Trials

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Clear Solutions USA has a long history, several decades, of performing CIP services with successful trials and long term clients. Our products and processes save our clients money in the brewing, dairy, vehicle washing, aluminum, and ethanol industries primarily by reducing down time and increasing all around efficiency of the plant through cleanliness.

CIP trials are essential to confirm that the cleaning process is effective and that the equipment is sanitized properly. The trials help identify any potential problems with the cleaning process, such as insufficient flow, incorrect chemical concentrations, or equipment damage, and provide an opportunity to resolve these issues before production begins.

Moreover, CIP trials are also mandatory to ensure that the equipment meets regulatory requirements. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all food and beverage facilities implement a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, which includes the validation of CIP systems.

Proper CIP Trial Process

To ensure that CIP trials are effective and produce accurate results, it is important to follow a structured process. The following steps outline the best practices for conducting CIP trials:

  1. Develop a CIP Trial Plan: The first step in conducting CIP trials is to create a plan that outlines the scope, objectives, and procedures for the trial. The plan should specify the equipment to be cleaned, the cleaning solutions to be used, and the acceptance criteria for each step.
  2. Test the Equipment: Before the CIP trial begins, it is essential to test the equipment to ensure that it is functioning properly. This may include checking the temperature and pressure gauges, verifying that all valves are open and that the water flow is adequate, and performing a visual inspection of the equipment.
  3. Conduct the Trial: During the CIP trial, all cleaning procedures should be followed according to the CIP plan. The trial should be monitored and recorded to ensure that all steps are completed correctly.
  4. Evaluate the Results: After the CIP trial is complete, the results should be evaluated to determine if the cleaning process was effective. This may include measuring the concentration of the cleaning solution, evaluating the cleaning efficacy, and examining the equipment for any signs of damage.
  5. Document the Results: The results of the CIP trial should be documented and reviewed to identify any areas for improvement. This information should be used to update the CIP plan and procedures as needed.

In conclusion, CIP trials are an important aspect of the food and beverage industry. By following a structured process and taking the necessary steps to ensure that the trials are conducted properly, companies can ensure that their equipment is clean and sanitized, reducing the risk of foodborne illnesses and maintaining product quality.

Preliminary Steps

Information must be gathered relative to type of equipment to be cleaned and cleaning procedures currently used in the target plant. Below is a list of typical information gathered:

  • Does the target ethanol plant have methanators, spray balls, trays, etc.?
  • What CIP procedure(s) are currently being used?
  • Since the basic for CIP cleaning is general is based on four variables, these need to be determined.
    1. Water hardness and consistency
    2. Temperatures
    3. pH ranges
    4. Final concentration of the solution
  • Is the caustic soda used for pH control? With one tank?

Procedure

Once the above information is determined, a formulation for the trial will be developed by the Clear Solutions USA team and presented to the target plant. Our Director of CIP Operations will be onsite to assist with launching the trial, monitoring the progress, and making recommendations as necessary for a successful outcome. Based on our experience, the target plant should be on the system from two to three weeks consistently for optimum results.

Outcomes

Initial benefits can be proven in several ways (i.e., ATP testing and visually), and measurable long-term benefits will be discussed with the target plant team. Recommendations will then be presented to show long-term financial benefit using the Clear Solutions technology.

Initial material for the trial is purchased by the target plant. However, if after following our guidelines, the trial does not result in a positive outcome, the cost of the trial material will be reimbursed to the target plant.

Is there a Clear Solutions USA Representative in my Area?

Yes, Clear Solutions USA has a Nationwide team to help.To learn more please visit our contact page.

Does Clear Solutions USA offer a complete cleaning package?

Yes, Clear Solutions USA offers both additive surfactants as well as complete packages to help fit the needs of our customers.

Is Clear Solutions USA a New Company?

Clear Solutions USA was formed in 2004 to provide unique solutions to a wide variety of cleaning applications.

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