How Does the Clean-in-Place (CIP)
Method Help You Save Time and Money

If your business produces foods, cosmetics, or other products using process systems, you may think of your system’s primary goal as guaranteeing you a smooth, homogeneous product. But for many industries, cleanliness is just as important as homogeneity. Learn how the clean-in-place (CIP) method offers you a more reliable approach to cleaning your process system, while also helping you save time and money.

In order to keep a process system clean without a serious investment in manpower, today many businesses rely on the clean-in-place (CIP) method, in which machinery thoroughly cleans and sanitizes the components of a process system without requiring its workers to manually dismantle, clean, and reassemble the system.

As safety standards have risen over time, industrial manufacturers have increasingly viewed CIP as the obvious cleaning solution – not just due to its ability to save money in the long run, but also because of the reliable sanitation offered by its standardized system of cleaning. While it does require the installation of a CIP unit within a process system, these businesses have concluded that the ability to keep their production process systems cleaner while conserving manpower is more valuable than the cost of the unit. Furthermore, the use of CIP helps to save water, saves money on chemicals, saves energy and reduces sewage pollution.

Before deciding which CIP equipment is right for your process system(s), it is important to consider your specific situation thoroughly. There is a wide variety of CIP units available today, making it important for many industrial companies’ decision makers – engineers and businesspeople alike – to understand what CIP is and how it’s various approaches differ.

Approaches to CIP

All types of CIP processes use water and chemical cleaning agents to remove soil (any unwanted material, whether visible or not) from mixing or processing equipment. There are two methods that a CIP unit can use to accomplish this goal:

· Spraying chemicals agents and water at high pressure, so that they help clean the equipment that they touch, while the force of their sprays also helps by washing away any soil.

· Spraying powerful chemicals agents and water at low pressure, so that they clean all equipment that they touch, mainly by the chemicals and temperature.

Additionally, CIP methods vary in the quantities of cleaning agents that they consume. There are two main approaches in this regard:

One Shot: The CIP unit sprays cleaning agents that are washed down the process’s drain. This method can be wasteful, but its main advantage is that it requires the use of less equipment.

Recovery: The CIP unit sprays cleaning agents, which are then automatically collected and reused. This method conserves water and chemicals, but it requires more CIP equipment, both to collect these cleaning agents and to recycle them.

Whether you already have a production process system or you are looking to purchase one (or both), it is important to keep in mind whether you will want to use CIP to keep it clean – and, if so, which methods you will use. While it is possible to install a CIP unit into a fully functional process system, this can be a complicated process, requiring physical changes to the system. If you do plan to use CIP, it is far simpler and more cost-effective to build the CIP unit into the process system from the outset.

MGT provides turnkey mixing and processing solutions for a variety of industries. With over 50 years of experience, we take care of every stage of the process – from planning and design to production and installation. Our “one-stop shop” approach ensures that every part of your process system fits together and functions together; including the stainless-steel tank, the agitator, and any CIP equipment you wish to use. For more on the comprehensive mixing and processing solutions we offer, visit us at