Cleaning In Place Systems

Automation Works designs and implements CIP systems to comply with international hygiene and safety standards. Our CIP systems are built with SABS approved equipment and HACCP accredited, giving you the confidence that you can maintain the highest quality control standards at all stages of the production process. Many of our clients consider our CIP systems to be a crucial element in their quality control systems. Our CIP systems are controlled using Siemens PLCs, giving you access to leading technology that is internationally recognised for its quality and reliability. All our consultants are fully trained to design and implement a CIP system that guarantees 100% reliability.

We can advise you on the most effective CIP configuration to suit your production needs and your particular factory environment. This knowledge is vital in managing a system that will effectively and thoroughly clean your production cycle. We can also give you valuable input into temperature, strength, flow speed and time requirements to maintain optimum effectiveness at all times.

WHO needs a CIP?

Anyone with hygienic environment for food processing plants.

WHAT is a CIP?

A Clean In Place system is a method of cleaning the interior surface of pipes, vessels, process equipment, filters and associated fittings without disassembly.

WHEN is a CIP needed?

When factories producing Cheese, Milk and other food based products needs to be cleaned between productions in a safe, fast and efficient manner.

WHERE is a CIP used?

Food factories, Dairy factories, Crate washers and any other factories requiring cleaning of their equipment on a regular basis.

WHY is CIP important?

CIP is an important component in guaranteeing food safety in food processing plants. Successful cleaning between production runs avoids potential contamination and products that don't meet quality standards.

Single Tank CIP

Consisting of:

  • Balance Tank
  • Product pump
  • Return pump
  • Dosing Pump
  • Water Supply
  • Chemical Tank
  • Supply Valve
  • Return Valve
  • Drain Valve
  • heating
  • Control Panel

Advantages of a Single Tank CIP:

  • Mechanical and electrical are cheap.
  • Simplicity
  • Low maintenance
  • Easily managed
  • Quick to manufacture
  • Lower installation cost

Disadvantages of a Single Tank CIP:

  • Chemical usage is very high
  • Time consuming regarding different wash cycles
  • No recovery System
  • Higher Cost over time

Recovery CIP System

Consisting of:

  • Water Tank
  • Reclaim Tank
  • Acid Tank
  • Caustic Tank
  • Product pumps
  • Return pumps
  • Dosing Pumps
  • Water Supply
  • Chemical Tanks
  • Multiple Supply Valves
  • Multiple Return Valves
  • Drain Valve
  • Heating
  • Control Panel

Advantages of a Recovery CIP System:

  • Lower Chemical Usage
  • Chemical dosage pre-loaded for quicker startups
  • Tank pre-heated and ready for startup
  • Lower Cost over time
  • Quicker System than single tank CIP

Disadvantages of a Recovery CIP System:

  • Expensive and longer Installation
  • More complex
  • More components means more maintenance
  • PLC system more expensive

SCADA: Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition

SCADA is a control system with applications in managing large-scale, automated industrial operations. Factories and plants, water supply systems, nuclear and conventional power generator systems etc are a few examples.

A SCADA system when applied properly can help industries to save time and money. One reason is that with SCADA, you can eliminate the need for site visits by your personnel for inspection, adjustments and data collection. SCADA software enables you to monitor the operations in real time. It can also make modifications to the system, auto-generate reports and trouble-shoot.

Five reasons you need HMI's (Human Machine Interface) in you factory:

Safety: The HMI provides full access to system-wide data without having to physically be near the sensors or switches in the working substation.
System: Perspective HMI’s improve your ability to view alarms and status information from a system perspective, not just one device at a time.
Response: The HMI not only gives you breaker control from a remote and safe distance, but it provides you near-real-time feedback on system-wide response to your control action.
Clarity: HMI’s gather data from a variety of instruments, hardware platforms, and protocols to present one consistent view of the entire system.
Value: HMI’s add value by enhancing your interface with powerful protection, monitoring, and control instrumentation.

Historical Trending

Historical Trends are essentially important for an industrial automation system. They record real time data and then display and store this data for operators to use for various purposes. SCADA serves as the backbone to a fully automated system now a days, and it also takes care recording and displaying of the trends.

We use Historical trending for a lot of applications such as production reporting and fault finding. It gives you the ability to go back on your Historical Trending and go and see if anything went wrong and if so what, why and when it went wrong. We also use it to improve our software day to day because we can see what the plant did in the last few days.