Free Tank Cleaning Optimization Guide from Alfa Laval

Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning is offering a free guide that addresses the challenges

Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning offers a free guide that addresses best practices for cleaning process tanks, reactors, mixers, blenders, dryers, totes, and shipping containers.

Alfa Laval Tank Cleaning offers a free guide that addresses best practices for cleaning process tanks, reactors, mixers, blenders, dryers, totes, and shipping containers.

associated with cleaning process tanks, mixers, reactors, totes, shipping containers and other enclosed spaces. Many people don’t realize the benefits of an optimized tank cleaning process designed to:

  • Reduce cleaning downtime, leading to increased production uptime
  • Reduce wastewater usage
  • Increase plant safety by eliminating manual cleaning, otherwise known as confined space entry.

Industry experts divulge their secrets of uncovering revenue through tank cleaning optimization. Get your free guide today!

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Automate your tank cleaning process and eliminate confined space entry

We often get calls after a company has experienced a “near miss” – or worse. worker_icon2We hear about employees falling or inhaling fumes during the process of cleaning inside a tank.

Don’t wait for it to happen at your company. Automate your tank cleaning process today.

Keep your tanks clean and your employees safe. Our automated tank cleaning devices effectively clean all types of tanks and enclosed spaces, such as totes/bulk containers, reactors, blenders, mixers, kettles and dryers. The deliver a reliable and effective clean every time – without the need for man entry.

Learn about the technology behind the devices by watching the following video:

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The impact of automated tank cleaning

Automated tank cleaning devices are designed to clean with mechanical force, or impact, that blasts away contaminants from the inside of tanks, dryers, blenders, coaters, reactors, mixers, shipping containers, and other enclosed spaces. The impact is delivered in a complete, 360 degree pattern, best described by our in-house expert, Andrew Delaney, who discusses the role of tangential force in automated tank cleaning:

So what’s in it for you? Well, the impact on your business is our answer. By using automated tank cleaning devices, our customers have experienced:

  • Up to 85% reduction in time spent tank cleaning (that “found” time can go directly to production)
  • Up to 80% reduction in wash fluid usage, including water, caustic, solvent, and detergent
  • Elimination of confined space entry for manual tank cleaning
  • 100% clean tanks – avoid quality issues, cross contamination, all that stuff that causes enormous headaches.

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What makes a rotary impingement tank cleaning device work?

How do rotary impingement tank cleaning machines work so effectively, drastically reducing the amount of time spent cleaning confined spaces, tanks, shipping containers, dryers, mixers, blenders and reactors? All this while eliminating the need for manual tank cleaning by laborers, and significantly reducing the amount of water usage?

Our team expert and Executive VP, Andrew Delaney, explains the engineering behind the patented technology, in our latest edition of One Minute Tank Cleaning Tip, with Andrew Delaney.

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How do I know if my tanks and confined spaces are getting clean?

The Alfa Laval Rotacheck is a highly innovative machine designed to validate the cleaning process inside sanitary tanks, using rotary impingement automated tank cleaning technology. Compliant with 3-A and EHEDG standards, the Rotacheck fulfills the demands of cleaning verification in the brewing, pharmaceutical, personal care, food and beverage, and dairy processing industries.

During CIP, the Rotacheck stores time and pressure data, automatically calculating the cleaning process’s feedback. A light indication is integrated into the field housing offering this visual feedback to operators and maintenance staff on site.

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Major chemical company reduces tank cleaning times by 88%

 A major chemical company in Illinois was using the boil and drain method to clean 4 chem_webinar_tankCCtanks, using up to 20,000 gallons of caustic and water to clean. This is a reactive chemistry site that makes surfactant intermediates, amides, and sulfates. These chemicals end up in various personal care products. The tanks are 10 x 15 dome lid dish bottom reactors that have internal coils and agitators. They run batch production, so the product mix is always changing. After implementing Gamajet rotary impingement tank cleaning devices, average tank cleaning time was reduced from 24 hours to 3 hours per tank! Time saved is used to increase production, going straight to the bottom line.
How does it work? Find out here!
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How to clean tank agitator blades

Cleaning process tanks with center obstructions can be costly and time-consuming.

The BladeClean running inside of a mixer tank.

The BladeClean running inside a mixer tank.

However, with the new Alfa Laval BladeClean, it doesn’t have to be. This tank cleaning device is perfect for any size tank with agitator blades. Incorporating this device into your tank cleaning process will enable your company to eliminate confined space entry and drastically reduce time spent cleaning, boosting overall tank productivity.

Designed for permanent installation, the retractable Alfa Laval BladeClean is installed into the bottom of the tank and when activated, operates at 2 bar (30 psi) and higher, causing a cone of water jets up to 7.6 m (25’) to spray upward at the underside of the tank agitator blades. Reaching up to 4.5 kg (10 lbs.) of force, the water jets clean the agitator blades of product residue. With a positive seal built in to prevent product migration, pair this device with an Alfa Laval Gamajet or Toftejorg rotary impingement tank cleaning device for a fast and effective clean-in-place process.

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Optimized tank cleaning process equals millions in savings

In an effort to avoid plant expansion, a major U.S. cosmetic manufacturer turned to the idea of optimizing their processes. Although tank cleaning was not initially on their list to scrutinize, they eventually realized that using spray balls to clean their tanks was inefficient. The company turned to Alfa Laval for a possible solution to their dilemma.

The results were much more beneficial than expected. The company, located in

The Alfa Laval GJ A6 tank cleaning machine provides a thorough, 360 degree cleaning of tanks within the hygienic industries.

The Alfa Laval GJ A6 tank cleaning machine provides a thorough, 360 degree cleaning of tanks within the hygienic industries, such as cosmetics.

Summerset, New Jersey, was cleaning 8 tanks, once a day with 3 static spray balls at 60 gallons per minute and 80 psi. Working with a three inch tri-clover restriction, 3 Alfa Laval Gamajet A6 machines were installed, operating at the same operating conditions of 80 psi and 60 gallons per minute (20 per machine). Due to the size of the blades and the addition of a “sweeper arm” 3 tank cleaning machines were needed to ensure all areas of the tank were cleaned. The cleaning cycle included a 7 minute half cycle pre-rinse, a 14 minute full cycle re-circulated wash with a 1% caustic solution, and a final 7 minute half cycle rinse. The complete cleaning cycle took a total of 28 minutes between batches with two complete passes over the entire tank.


By decreasing the tank cleaning time by 69%, the facility was able to increase production at a rate of $3300 per hour, totaling $9.96 million per year. In addition, chemicals and water were reduced by 51%. The payback period was less than one week, versus the potential cost of a new facility.

Alfa Laval Gamajet tank cleaning machines reduce water usage and time spent tank cleaning

92 Percent Less Water Usage Facilitates Over $100,000 in Annual Water Savings

Alfa Laval GJ 5 tank cleaning machine

Alfa Laval GJ 5 tank cleaning machine

Tank Type: 4 Ribbon Blenders
Tank Residue: Processed Meats

PROBLEM: Tanks are filled with water and agitated, followed by manual cleaning, totaling 4 hours per tank, per day.
Tank Cleaning Downtime: 5,840 hours per year
Water Usage: 26,280,000 gallons per year

SOLUTION: Gamajet steam operated pump powering 5 directional GJ 5 tank cleaning machines operating at 15 gpm (per machine). Cleaning includes a 5 minute pre-rinse,10 minute wash and a final 5 minute rinse, totaling 20 minutes per tank.
Tank Cleaning Downtime: 486 hours per year
Water Usage: 2,190,000 gallons per year
Savings in Water Per Year 24,090,000 gallons: $112,000 ($.00469 per Gal)

RESULTS from using Alfa Laval Gamajet tank cleaning machines:

  • 92% Less water & cleaning chemical usage for tank cleaning
  • 88% Less time spent tank cleaning
  • $112,000 USD saved on water per year

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How do automated tank cleaning nozzles work?

Automated rotary impingement 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 tank cleaning nozzles are guaranteed to positively impact the ultimate scorecard, your bottom line.

Customers that convert to Gamajet or Toftejorg tank cleaning nozzles 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 Tank Cleaning

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