Waiting for the right hot water temperature can be a challenge for the management of the sanitation crew within their limited cleaning shift. Our customer needed help to improve the hot water temperature to allow external washing of process and packaging equipment as part of their regular sanitation protocol. Problems were occurring from low water flow, pressure, and temperature from a number of use points utilizing the hot water while the utility system are not keeping up with the demand.
Placer Process’ team were invited to the customer’s operating plant to come up with a solution to remediate this problem. Our team performed a site audit of the customer’s facility. This was followed with a design that allowed wash water to all use points at the required flow and temperature during a weekly cleaning shift. We documented the existing piping and use points as well as their demand for the hot water as each use point turned on.
As the solution, Placer Process designed and built a custom hot water system skid to meet the customer’s flow, pressure, and temperature demand. This system included booster pumps, heat exchanger, steam and condensate utilities, as well as control systems to allow control of pump and temperature operation. This assembly was built off-site minimizing customer’s risk. Then, the system was installed and tied into their existing piping network. We also integrated a necessary piping upgrade to improve the hot water distribution as multiple use points are calling for hot water. Upon a quick field installation, the customer immediately improved the customer’s equipment sanitation procedures by providing required flow, boosted pressure, and constant elevated temperature. This solved the problem and allowed more effective sanitation of equipment with less water and time.
If you have a project similar to this Clean-In-Place system optimization we did we invite you to speak with one of our consultants today for help solving your toughest plant challenges by calling (916) 782-5212.