CIP is a process that uses water rinses, chemicals, precise temperatures and turbulence to clean soils and bacteria from the inside surfaces of pipes, vessels, process equipment, filters and associated fittings.
It involves connecting the production line to a stand-alone flushing system. No dismantling or moving of equipment is needed.
First used in the 1950s, CIP provides increased productivity and product integrity to industries requiring high levels of hygiene including dairy, beverage, brewing, processed foods, pharmaceutical, and cosmetics.
With CIP, cleaning is faster, less labor-intensive, consistently repeatable, and poses less of a chemical exposure risk. Simple, manually-operated CIP systems can still be found in use today, but more often they are fully-automated systems with programmable logic controllers, multiple balance tanks, sensors, valves, heat exchangers, data acquisition and specially designed spray nozzle systems.
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