Q: We are starting a new bioprocessing facility where we will be cleaning stainless steel tanks via a Clean-In-Place sprayball system. How do I approximate how much CIP detergent I will need per tank? We are considering Alcojet or Solujet, follow by an acidic rinse with Citrajet. Is this a good plan? Any advice? A: A good rule of thumb we use is you need about 10% of the … [Read more...] about How much CIP detergent needed?
Q: We are manufacturing vape cartridges and need to find a good cleaner for our equipment. We are removing residues of essential oils, glycerin and flavor enhancers with an automated clean-in-place. Some of these are botanical heavy resins and waxy. Our tank is 500 gallons. We are unsure how much cleaner we need. Can Alconox, Inc. help us find a detergent for cleaning … [Read more...] about Cleaning Vape Cartridge Manufacturing Equipment
Q. In your email you mentioned that Solujet and Citrajet have more sophisticated surfactant systems than a competitor's low foaming washer detergent - could you explain a little bit more what 'surfactant systems' are? A. Absolutely! Surfactants, or Surface Active Agents, are compounds that lower surface tension between particles, such as oil and water. In the oil and water … [Read more...] about Advanced Cleaning Mechanisms: What are Surfactant Systems?
Q. Why are critical cleaners essential in flavor and fragrance industries? A. Many major flavor and fragrance companies use Alconox® Powdered Precision Cleaner and Liquinox® Critical Cleaning Liquid Detergent detergent to soak, scrub or sonicate their manufacturing equipment. The reason they use these detergents is that they are free of all flavors, fragrances, brighteners, … [Read more...] about Cleaning for Cosmetics Manufacturing: No Interference in Flavors and Fragrance
Q: We are getting water spots after using an alkaline wash and acidic rinse in CIP cleaning. Why is this happening? A: A two-step cycle with a base followed by an acid, whether it be CIP cleaning or in a large scale liquid dispensing system washer, is a robust and, when needed, is a recommended process. Water spots typically occur because of two main mechanisms: 1. If … [Read more...] about Clean in Place “Hacks” for Water Spots