How to clean a storage tank

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The Alfa Laval GJPF tank cleaning device is used to clean these storage tanks.

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The storage tanks at an oil refinery complex are cleaned regularly with an Alfa Laval tank washer

Storage tanks are found in virtually every industry, and range in size significantly.Typically they are wide open tanks with no internal obstructions. Oftentimes, storage tanks need to be cleaned between batches or flushed out on a regular basis to avoid contamination. The ideal storage tank washer takes into account the size and residue in the tank. Alfa Laval tank cleaning offers a wide range of storage tank cleaning devices, for all sizes and residues. Visit our web site to determine which is best for your application.

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Alfa Laval has a full line of application-specific tank cleaning equipment.

Alfa Laval tank cleaning devices use patented technology that combine pressure and flow to create high impact cleaning jets. Cleaning occurs not just where the concentrated stream impacts the surface, but also through the tangential force that radiates from that point and blasts contaminants from the surface, scouring the tank interior. The high-impact cleaning jets are delivered in a precise, repeatable and reliable, 360° pattern. This combination of impact in a controlled indexing pattern results in an economic ideal, because impact is a one time investment; chemicals, temperature and time are continual, never-ending expenditures. With a quick return-on-investment, our rotary impingement devices are guaranteed to positively impact the ultimate scorecard, your bottom line.

Customers that convert to Gamajet or Toftjorg rotary jet heads from manual cleaning, static spray balls and the fill and drain method, typically realize a:

100% Satisfaction with Cleaning Effectiveness
70-80% Decrease in Wash Fluid (Water and Cleaning Chemicals)
75-85% Decrease in Time Spent Cleaning
10-20% Increase in Productivity
90-100% Decrease in Confined Space Entry for Manual Cleaning

For more information, give us a call at 877-426-2538, email us at customerservice.exton@alfalaval.comor visit us at www.gamajet.com.

How to clean a fermentation tank

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Beer fermenter tanks need regular cleaning. We recommend Alfa Laval tank cleaning devices.

 

Fermentation tanks, or fermenters, are designed to turn feed stock into alcohol forenergy use (ex. ethanol) or human consumption (ex. wine, beer).

Within the wine, beer and distilling industry, fermentation tank cleanliness is extremely important to avoid contamination issues and create a high quality product. Plus, higher yields can be generated from a clean tank. These tanks get dirty and require a high impact tank cleaning device to ensure a clean, uncontaminated tank. For large tanks, we recommend the Alfa Laval GJ 8 or GJ 4 tank cleaning devices. For mid-sized fermenters, we recommend the Alfa Laval PF fermenter cleaning device. And for small fermentation tanks, we recommend the Alfa Laval GJ 9 tank cleaner.

In the Ethanol industry, a powerful, durable machine is necessary. These tanks are very large, and the residue is very challenging to clean. There are typically obstructions and/or agitators and a tank cleaning device must be able to clean in and around them. Clean tanks leads to higher yields. We recommend the Alfa Laval GJ 8 tank cleaner because is extremely powerful, lightweight, durable, and particulate is designed to stay out of the gearhead, thereby increasing lifespan.

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Clean your fermenter tanks quickly and thoroughly with the Alfa Laval GJ8 tank cleaning device.

For more information, visit www.gamajet.com, email customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com or call 877-426-2538.

How to clean a mixer tank

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Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning offers a variety of application specific cleaning devices for mixing tanks.

Mixers are found in all industries, and in all phases of manufacturing. The function of a mixer is to mix ingredients, whether they be chemicals, paint, food, etc. Because the application is so varied, this is where the expertise of Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning comes into play. We provide a customized, engineered solution for every mixer cleaning application. We base our mixer cleaning device recommendation on the size and configuration of the mixer, the tank residue that must be cleaned, the level of hygienic equipment required, the mixer opening size, and more.

Some of the tank cleaning devices that are often recommend are:

Large mixers in a sanitary industry: Alfa Laval GJPF, Alfa Laval TJ20G

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Alfa Laval has a full line of application-specific tank cleaning equipment.

Small to mid-sized mixers in a sanitary industry: Alfa Laval GJA6 and the Alfa Laval GJA2 mixing tank devices

Large mixers in an industrial application: Alfa Laval GJ8 mixing tank cleaner

Small to mid-sized mixer in an industrial application: Alfa Laval GJ9 mixer cleaning device

For more information, visit www.gamajet.com, email us at exton.customerservice@alfalaval.com or call 877-426-2538.

 

How to clean a reactor tank

Reactor cleaning equipment

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Alfa Laval Gamajet reactor cleaning equipment ensures a clean, uncontaminated batch.

Reactor tanks are vessels designed to contain chemical reactions, and they are often used in the chemical and related industries. A chemical reactor vessel may have a cooling or heating jacket or cooling or heating coils (tubes) wrapped around the outside of its vessel wall to cool down or heat up the contents. A reactor may also feature agitator blades on the shaft for mixing. Baffles at the bottom of the reactor also aid the mixing process. Reactor size ranges significantly depending on application and industry. Materials used in reactor tanks can be solids or liquids and vary in level of ease of cleanability.

The Alfa Laval GJPF reactor cleaning device offers powerful 360-degree cleaning impact, designed to scour the interior of a mid-sized to large reactor clean. Easy to maintain, and operating at lower pressures, this tank cleaning device is available in a flow-through design for hygienic applications in the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, personal care and food industries. It is also available in a grease-lubricated version for added lifespan in industrial applications such as chemicals. The device offers 25 lbs (11.5 kg) of cleaning impact at 25 feet (7.5 m).

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Clean reactor tanks quickly and thoroughly, even the most challenging residues.

The Alfa Laval GJ8 reactor cleaning device is ideal for cleaning large reactors in industrial applications, such as chemical, and offers an exceptional 40 lbs (18 kg) of cleaning force at 25 feet (7.5 m). Surprisingly lightweight, the machine’s durable, non-clogging design and reliability make it a favorite within industrial applications.

The Alfa Laval GJA6 tank cleaning machine offers cleaning impact of 10 lbs at 5 feet. (4.5 kg at 1.5 m) and cleaning cycle times around 10 minutes for a small to mid-sized reactor. Highly sanitary in design, the tank cleaner is self-cleaning and self-draining – and it fits through a 3” sanitary fitting (2.80” or 71 mm).

The Alfa Laval GJ9 reactor cleaning device uses 12 lbs of cleaning force at 10 feet (5.5 kg at 3 m) and is capable of cleaning the most challenging residues in a small to mid-sized reactor. Compact, durable and easy to maintain, the GJ 9 typically cleans tanks in 4 – 12 minutes.

For more information, visit www.gamajet.com, email customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com, or call 877-426-2538.

How to clean a spray dryer

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Clean spray dryers quickly and effectively with Alfa Laval’s automated tank cleaning devices.

Spray drying is a method of producing a dry powder from a liquid or slurry by rapidly drying with a hot gas. This is the preferred method of drying of many thermally-sensitive materials such as foods and pharmaceuticals. A consistent particle size distribution is a reason for spray drying some industrial products such as catalysts. Air is the heated drying medium; however, if the liquid is a flammable solvent such as ethanol or the product is oxygen-sensitive then nitrogen is used.

Spray drying cleaning equipment

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The Alfa Laval Toftejorg TZ-67 rotary jet head provides 360 degree indexed impact cleaning over a defined time period.

 

Spray dryer cleaning requests are very common, and our spray dryer cleaning equipment is ideal for the job. The majority of the residue is at the top where the product has cured or attached itself to the wall of the spray dryer, because the product is sprayed from the top into a big dryer/oven.  What doesn’t fall through ends up on the wall and solidifies or bakes on.  What falls through becomes a powder at the bottom.  The lower levels are just powder residue.

Typically, there will be a hose reel at the top of the enormous structures to clean them, a tank cleaning device is lowered down on a hose to clean it.  Because the tank cleaning device is dynamically balanced, there is no swaying of the flexible hose during operation.

We typically recommend the Alfa Laval TZ 67 tank cleaning device for spray dryer cleaning. The Alfa Laval Toftejorg TZ-67 rotary jet head provides 360 degree indexed impact cleaning over a defined time period. It is automatic and represents a guaranteed means of achieving quality assurance in tank cleaning. The device is suitable for processing, storage and transportation tanks and vessels between 13,000 and 130,000 gallons. Used in breweries, food and dairy processes and many other industries, the Toftejorg TZ-67 is particularly well-suited to portable applications where high impact is required.

For non-hygienic spray dryer cleaning applications, we recommend the Alfa Laval GJ 4. This tank cleaning device offers an exceptionally high cleaning impact up to 100 lbs (45 kg) in tanks with a radius up to 100 ft (60 m). Heavy duty, durable, and reliable, this tank cleaning device is ideal for a high impact clean in very large tanks, such as spray dryers.

For more information, visit http://www.gamajet.com, email us at customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com, or give us a call at 877-426-2538.

 

How to clean a ribbon blender

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Ribbon blender cleaning is often considered a challenging task, but it doesn’t have to be.

Ribbon blender cleaning is often considered a challenge, due to the tank construction and the materials being mixed within the ribbon blender. Most often used in the pharmaceutical, food, chemical, fertilizers, plastics, pigments, and cosmetic industries, Alfa Laval tank cleaning offers an ideal solution for ribbon blender cleaning.

The Alfa Laval GJ9 ribbon blender cleaning machine is typically used because it offers high impact, spray cleaning designed to scour the entire tank, reducing operating time and wash fluid usage. Multiple devices are used, placed on either end of the center line. Although the ribbons should not run during cleaning, we recommend they be jogged to help dislodge stubborn residue.

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The Alfa Laval GJ9 ribbon blender cleaning device is ideal for a quick, effective clean.

The GJ9 uses 12 lbs of cleaning force at 10 feet (5.5 kg at 3 m) and is capable of cleaning the most challenging residues in a ribbon blender. Compact, durable and easy to maintain, the GJ 9 typically cleans ribbon blenders in 4 – 12 minutes.

For more information, visit www.gamajet.com, email us at mailto:customerservice.exton@alfalaval.comor give us a call at 877-426-2538.

 

How to clean a V Blender

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V Blenders are commonly used within the processing industries and require regular, effective cleaning.

The V Blender is a popular tumble blender commonly used in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical,  chemical, food and related industries to mix dried powder, granules and other solids. We typically recommend one tank nozzle in each tank, usually an Alfa Laval GJA6 or GJ9 tank cleaning device. Both of the cleaning devices offer high impact 360° spray cleaning, designed to scour the entire tank, reducing operating time and water usage.

The GJA6 tank cleaning device offers cleaning impact of 10 lbs at 5 feet. (4.5 kg at 1.5 m) and cleaning cycle times around 10 minutes for a V Blender. Highly sanitary in design, the tank cleaner is self-cleaning and self-draining – and it fits through a 3” sanitary fitting (2.80” or 71 mm).

Alfa Laval Gamajet tank cleaning device

The GJA6 is ideal for V Blender cleaning in the sanitary industries.

The GJ9 tank cleaning device uses 12 lbs of cleaning force at 10 feet (5.5 kg at 3 m) and is capable of cleaning the most challenging residues in a V Blender. Compact, durable and easy to maintain, the GJ 9 typically cleans tanks in 4 – 12 minutes.

For more information, visit www.gamajet.com, call us at 877-426-2538 or email us at customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com

Manufacturer eliminates confined space entry for manual process tank cleaning, increases safety and saves time

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Process tank cleaning equipment enables manufacturers to increase safety and reduce time spent tank cleaning.

A chemical manufacturer was cleaning their large process tanks with internal agitator blades with static spray balls. With this method, the static spray balls were run with a 15 minute pre-rinse that went to drain, then a recirculated caustic wash for 30 minutes and finally a post rinse for 15 minutes that also went to drain. Even after performing these cleaning steps, confined space entry was then needed for manual cleaning areas where the static spray balls weren’t cleaning effectively. The typical cleaning time including manual entry was roughly 2 hours per cleaning.

During manual entry, the company experienced a “near-miss” where an employee was almost seriously injured while cleaning a tank. The individual slipped on the ladder and almost fell into the empty tank that contained agitator blades. Luckily, no injuries resulted from the incident but the near miss was reported to the company’s health and safety board. The resulting investigation concluded that personnel could no longer enter the tanks for manual cleaning.

The company came to us for help to design a safe, sustainable and more efficient solution that eliminated confined space entry.  The solution that was implemented was the use of two rotary jet heads in place of the static spray balls. Using rotary jet heads, manual cleaning was completely eliminated, ensuring the safety of their workers. The added mechanical force of the rotary impingement devices allowed for a complete clean. This alone satisfied the safety concerns, but an added benefit was the new cleaning process used a 6 minute pre-rinse to drain,  followed by a 12 minute recirculated caustic wash and then a final 6 minute post rinse that also went to drain. Total cleaning time was reduced from 2 hours to 24 minutes which is an average of 73% reduction in time spent cleaning! The final bonus was a reduction in wash fluid used with an 82% reduction in water that was sent to drain.

Interested in similar results for your company? Visit www.gamajet.com, call 877-426-2538 or email customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com.

Our web site has designated areas for chemical manufacturers, food manufacturers, pharmaceutical and personal care manufacturers and more.

Read more tank cleaning equipment case studies at https://www.gamajet.com/media/casestudies/index.php.

Process tank, reactor, and confined space cleaning webinar. Register today!

Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning is hosting a free, live webinar on September 20 at 11 am EDT. The webinar is titled, ‘Optimized Tank Cleaning Elevates the Bottom Line’ and the expert panel will discuss how to clean tanks and confined spaces quickly and safely, using fewer resources.

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Tank washers, also known as spray nozzles, are designed to effectively clean tanks faster than traditional methods.

Whether you are manufacturing, storing, or shipping product, it is likely there are tanks, reactors, mixers, blenders, dryers, totes/IBCs, or tankers involved in the process which require routine cleaning. This task is often seen as a necessary, yet costly, overwhelming and oftentimes unsuccessful chore.

Typically during the tank cleaning process, a significant amount of time, water, cleaning solution and labor is required to ensure an uncontaminated, quality batch is produced. Although these repeating expenditures have an adverse effect on the bottom line, many companies continue to rely on outdated processing for cleaning, not realizing the opportunity for substantial cost reductions and revenue recovery through tank cleaning optimization.

By focusing on the pain points our customers have reported, which include: production loss due to downtime, operating costs, waste, regulations, cross contamination concerns, and safety – we will explain how automated tank cleaning devices will reduce those pains and deliver an efficient and effective cleaning process. Manufacturing companies will yield results that have a positive impact on their bottom line.

Register here!

Viewers will learn:

  • How optimized, automated tank cleaning can increase uptime by significantly reducing time spent tank cleaning economy
  • A proven method of reducing water, solvent, and caustic use for tank cleaning
  • A more effective way to clean tanks and confined spaces
  • A safe alternative to manual tank cleaning via confined space entry

Who Should Attend:

  • Maintenance managers
  • Plant/facility/operations managers
  • Engineers of process manufacturing facilities
  • OEM manufacturers
  • Safety managers
  • Production managers
  • Contract engineers

Learn more about Alfa Laval’s tank cleaning offering.

Visit our website at www.gamajet.com, email us at mailto:customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com or call us at 877-426-2538.

Free webinar on cleaning tanks and confined spaces

Alfa Laval is hosting a free, live webinar on September 20 at 11 am EDT.

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Learn how optimized tank cleaning will lead to savings

The webinar is titled, ‘Optimized Tank Cleaning Elevates the Bottom Line’ and the expert panel will discuss how to clean tanks and confined spaces quickly and safely, using fewer resources.

Register here!

Whether you are manufacturing, storing, or shipping product, it is likely there are tanks, mixers, blenders, dryers, totes/IBCs, or tankers involved in the process which require routine cleaning. This task is often seen as a necessary, yet costly, overwhelming and oftentimes unsuccessful chore.

Typically during the cleaning process, a significant amount of time, water, cleaning solution and labor is required to ensure an uncontaminated, quality batch is produced. Although these repeating expenditures have an adverse effect on the bottom line, many companies continue to rely on outdated processing for cleaning, not realizing the opportunity for substantial cost reductions and revenue recovery through tank cleaning optimization.

By focusing on the pain points our customers have reported, which include: production loss due to downtime, operating costs, waste, regulations, cross contamination concerns, and safety – we will explain how automated tank cleaning devices will reduce those pains and deliver an efficient and effective cleaning process. Manufacturing companies will yield results that have a positive impact on their bottom line.

Viewers will learn:

  • How optimized, automated tank cleaning can increase uptime by significantly reducing time spent tank cleaning economy
  • A proven method of reducing water, solvent, and caustic use for tank cleaning
  • A more effective way to clean tanks and confined spaces
  • A safe alternative to manual tank cleaning via confined space entry

Who Should Attend:

  • Maintenance managers
  • Plant/facility/operations managers
  • Engineers of process manufacturing facilities
  • OEM manufacturers
  • Safety managers
  • Production managers
  • Contract engineers

Learn more about Alfa Laval’s tank cleaning offering.

Visit our website at www.gamajet.com, email us at mailto:customerservice.exton@alfalaval.com or call us at 877-426-2538.