With pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and drink production being highly regulated, it’s vital that manufacturers operate with effective, validated cleaning methods. If equipment isn’t cleaned thoroughly, product quality and safety can be affected by contamination, with the potential to cause harm to consumers – a situation that is likely to seriously damage reputation and turnover.
The Common Pitfalls In CIP – And How To Avoid Them
Clean in Place (CIP) methods are central to delivering high quality, safe products without having to dismantle production machinery, thereby avoiding costly downtime. However, the last thing you need is for your CIP to fall short, causing extended periods of downtime. Ensuring your equipment is up to date and able to deliver effective CIP is essential, but it’s worth considering these common pitfalls:
Not Preparing For Upscaling
When planning for production, it’s easy to underestimate the challenges involved in CIP, particularly in overlooking the issues that may arise when upscaling. Cleaning small-scale equipment during the research and development phase is straightforward, but extended production run times tends to result in greater accumulations of residue, the cleaning time for which will need to be.
Planning for thorough and efficient CIP that makes a minimal impact on profitability is vital from the outset. Streamlined solutions that are seamlessly blended into your production process will help overcome the challenges even before you encounter them.
Using The Wrong Detergent
An incorrect detergent choice can hamper the cleaning process, leading to delays in the production process. Therefore, paying attention to the detergent you use and evaluating its effectiveness is important to optimising your business’ production.
Implementing An Inappropriate Cleaning Process
CIP needs to be streamlined and optimised to minimise downtime and ensure a thorough clean; otherwise, production interruptions affect output, particularly in the quantity and quality of product delivery.
Understanding the cleaning media is critical. Hot water, for example, is not always the most effective media for CIP, as some substances are more easily cleaned at room temperature, reducing energy consumption and costs. Every process and product is different, so adapting CIP methods for each situation is necessary – and ITS can help ensure you have the equipment to deliver.