The Ins and Outs of Clean-In-Place (CIP) Systems

As the experts and design-builder of process systems in food, beverage, dairy, winery, brewery, cannabis, and alternative foods industry, Placer Process team would like to share our knowledge and expertise in clean-in-place (CIP) systems. We hope that you can see the benefit of implementing this CIP system technology in your food and beverage manufacturing plant. Feel free to reach out to Placer Process team if you are thinking of implementing a standard or custom CIP system application for your process.

What is Clean-In-Place (CIP) System?

Clean-In-Place (CIP) system is a machine that is designed to clean the process equipment such as process tanks, silos, mixers, pumps, blenders, homogenizers, bioreactors, vats, pasteurizers, spray dryers, process piping, transfer piping, conveyor belts, fillers, and other process equipment.

The CIP system can vary depending on the application. A few variations are as follows:

  • The number of tanks (1, 2, 3, or 4 tanks)
  • Type of valves being used
  • Flow rate and pressure required by the process equipment
  • Is it hot or cold CIP process?
  • Heating source (is it steam or hot water based), if applicable
  • The type of cleaning chemicals used
  • The crucial measurements and set points which will determine which sensors to be implemented for the process
  • What type of equipment will the system be cleaning? Some equipment or CIP application may need downstream modification such as custom spray devices and/or programming update to optimize the CIP sequence.
  • Are there standards to follow? For example, dairy will require 3A components while other food and beverage industry may require sanitary components but not necessarily 3A
  • The quality of the CIP water source. Does it require pre-filter or is the water quality the same as what is used during production? We work with your quality control (QC) department to what is acceptable for your process and quality standards.
Sanitary Clean-In-Place CIP System

Who Uses Clean-In-Place (CIP) System?

CIP system is typically used in the food and beverage industry. Consistency and reliability of the cleaning process is crucial in the manufacturing of food and beverage that an automatic CIP system will be commonly used to deliver consistent flow rate, chemical concentration, exposure time, and temperature in a sequential manner. If you would like to achieve cleaning consistency and reliability, CIP system is key to the process sanitation for your manufacturing plant.

When To Use Clean-In-Place (CIP) System?

CIP system is usually used after production cycle is completed and the equipment and piping are ready to be cleaned. For some other, they have a sanitation crew and scheduled sanitation time to complete the CIP and other sanitation needed throughout the plant. For a certain type of product, it is easier to clean right after the production cycle is completed. While this is not always possible, there are ways to help adjust the type of cleaning to alleviate this by implementing regular, short, or extended CIP cycle.

Where Clean-In-Place (CIP) System Can Be Installed?

Placer Process has design, fabricate, and installed numerous CIP systems within the food, beverage, dairy, winery, brewery, cannabis, and alternative foods industry. The requirements from industry to industry varies and the environmental condition from one location to another may vary. Commonly, CIP system is installed indoor. Some installed it alongside the process equipment. Other stricter industry, such as dairy, will require separation between process and CIP equipment that CIP equipment are also often placed in a separate room or near the utility room. However, as more plants are growing over the years and the indoor manufacturing floor are a high asset for process equipment, we encounter more and more outdoor installation of CIP system. We have built and successfully installed CIP systems in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Why Choose Placer Process Clean-In-Place (CIP) System?

Placer Process team is not only capable of designing and building your next CIP system, but we can also take a look at the overall process upstream and downstream to help you optimize your automatic cleaning to the next level. With our years in the industry designing process systems from receiving, transfer, storage tanks, filtration, pasteurization, centrifuge, vats, maturation tanks, holding tanks, valve manifolds, tempering systems, filler installation, hot water systems, steam and condensate, glycol systems, process water distribution systems, compressed air, nitrogen, and CO2 systems, our team has a breath of process design capability that can help you excel in your next project. If needed, Placer Process team can provide further consultation and evaluate the overall process and utility process in your plant. Your success is our success and we care for your wants and needs. Contact us and let us help you on your next project.

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