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Save Time with the Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) Process

Posted by Mark Roberts on 29-Oct-2018 09:11:00
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Did you know that CIP averages 20% of the company’s time in the Food & Beverage industry? Having the right equipment can significantly reduce the time your business spends on the wash- down process whilst actually improving your hygiene standards. Selecting the right food grade enclosures could therefore save you time and money.



What is the CIP process?
Clean-in-place is the process of thoroughly cleaning your equipment without disassembly. The food and beverage industry relies heavily on CIP processes in order to maintain hygiene standards. The process mainly involves high pressure water and chemical wash-downs.

What is a Food Grade Enclosure?
Food grade enclosures are specifically designed with the food and beverage industry in mind. Unlike non food grade enclosures, every aspect of a food grade enclosure is created to streamline the CIP process and improve hygiene standards.

How can Food Grade Enclosures streamline my CIP process?
Food grade enclosure designed with several features that will save you time, money and energy during the CIP process. Here are just a few of those features.

Sloped Roofs
Most enclosure roofs in Australia are flat. However, new European legislation indicates that in future, all roofs will have to be sloped at a 30 degree angle. This not only prevents workers from using the enclosure as storage space (which poses health and safety risks), but also allows water and any other contaminants to run off the enclosure during cleaning.

Blue Silicon Seals
Silicon is a robust material that can withstand chemicals, high pressure and rigorous hot temperature cleaning. Food grade enclosure seals are also external and joint free which means that there are no hidden crevices where food or other contaminants can hide. External seals therefore eliminate contamination risks and allow a quicker cleaning process. In comparison, a non-food grade enclosure consists of a polyurethane seal which could be deemed unsuitable for a clean room food and beverage environment

Blue seals (as opposed to the traditional black) allow easier identification of foodstuff. They can also be X- ray scanned for further contaminants.

Concealed Hinges
Traditional hinges are placed on the outside of any sealing which leaves crevices that expose your enclosure to contamination. Hinges that are concealed inside the sealing zone not only create a smooth surface for easy cleaning but also eliminate external cavities and contamination risks.

Work Smarter Not Harder
Although they may seem small at first glance, these simple yet innovative design improvements could have a significant impact on your CIP processes. Each feature is created in order to streamline your processes and improve your hygiene standards. This will not only increase your productivity but will also save you time, labour, consumables and energy costs.

For more information about Food Grade Enclosures and their many other features and benefits, check out our Food Grade Enclosures Buyers Guide. Or, for a one-on-one consultation about the specific needs of your business, contact one of our experts today.

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