Build-up instrument helps limit cleaning cycle times

Mike Edwards   

Products Endress+Hauser

Cleaning time is downtime, and Cleaning-In-Place (CIP) cycles to eliminate product buildup in a food and beverage operation may be running overly long, according to Endress+Hauser.

The company has announced Liquitrend QMW43 to provide continuous product buildup data to shorten cleaning cycles to what is necessary to do a thorough job while assuring both operators and consumers of consistent product quality.

The Endress+Hauser instrument provides continuous evaluation of liquid or pasty media in tanks and pipelines using both conductive and capacitive measuring signals.

The flush-mounted, stainless steel device is said to provide reliable measurement of the product buildup thickness.  By evaluating the device’s measurement signals, the plant operator knows whether buildup is still adhering to tanks or pipelines and how strong it is.

The additional conductivity measurement also provides information about the cause of the buildup, i.e. whether it is due to product residues or cleaning agents. If the sensor shows no more buildup and conductivity, it can be concluded that the system has been successfully cleaned.

Valuable production time can be gained without losing the certainty of bringing flawless products to market.

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