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.

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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 Although these repeating expenditures have an adverse effect on the bottom line, many companies continue to rely on outdated processing for cleaning, not realizing the opportunity for substantial cost reductions and revenue recovery through tank cleaning optimization.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, email us at or call us at 877-426-2538.

Paint Tanks; a colorful but difficult task

Paint manufacturing appears to be a simple process combining resins, solvents and pigments with mixers, kettles and filling tanks. While the process is straight forward, each step requires stringent control to achieve desired requirements. Variation in the process can result in unacceptable quality and a lost batch.


The cleaning process can have a large impact on the productivity of the process line. When you are measuring in parts per millions, traditional fill and boil, manual cleaning or spray balls do not deliver the required results. In many cases rotary jet heads, such as the GJ 9 or TJ 20G, are needed to provide the reliable and effective cleaning. We have worked with many paint manufacturers to improve their cleaning process.

Rotary jet heads can be easily placed in the tanks and run for as little as 10-15 minutes while cleaning the entire tank. Proper positioning assures complete coverage and 180° pattern machines can be used for open top tanks.

Alfa Laval tank cleaners can handle the strong solvents often needed to handle lacquers or resins, projecting the wash fluid in a controlled and effective pattern that results in significant reduction in solvent used. Automating the cleaning process improves the performance, reduces down time and chemical costs which paints a pretty picture.

Benefits of automated paint vessel cleaning

  • Cleans tanks in as little as 15 minute.
  • Complete consistent cleaning
  • Reduce cleaning solvents by 80%
  • No hazardous manual cleaning

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How to clean tanker trucks

For many years, the standard cleaning method for tanker washes has involved the insertion of vertically-placed tank spinners through the center manways of trailers. While this method is common and widely accepted, rarely are the ends and bulkhead areas sufficiently clean enough to prevent cross-contamination.

Fortunately, we have created a customer-driven solution for cleaning the typically sidewinder_frontv5difficult-to-reach bulkheads of any type or size OTR tankers: The Sidewinder. The Alfa Laval Gamajet Sidewinder is a revolutionary, affordable accessory for achieving the most effective and efficient tanker, trailer, and railcar cleaning. Enabling a tank cleaning device to be placed on its side, it completely changes the nature of the nozzles’ orbit. Instead of creating an ellipse pattern across the tank wall, the Sidewinder enables the machine to form a figure-8 pattern sweeping the length of the tanker, increasing the number of hits to the bulkhead by 30 times, and cleaning the tanker in half the time.

Coupled with an Alfa Laval Gamajet 8 or Gamajet 4, which are designed to easily handle 20’-30’ throw lengths, the Sidewinder enables your wash station to provide the most efficient and effective clean to every inch of the trailer.

Benefits of the Going Horizontal with the Sidewinder:

  • Delivers 30 times more hits to bulkheads
  • Cleans tankers in half the time
  • Self-balancing capability to maintain revolution control
  • Compatibility with facility’s existing pressures and flows
  • No shadow areas after cleaning

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Efficiency gains through high impact tank cleaning

How can I optimize my cleaning? This is a question we get often, and for burnt on soil, viscous products, sludge, and dried media we always recommend a rotating jet machine. Customers that convert from other methods such as manual cleaning, rotary wetting, spray balls and fill and drain, can experience up to:

70-80% Decrease in wash fluid use for tank cleaning
75-85% Decrease in time spent tank cleaning
10-20% Increase in productivity (less tank downtime equals more tank production time!)
90-100% Decrease in confined space entry for manual tank cleaning

Here’s a video explaining the technology and why it works so effectively:

For easier to clean residue, going from manual or static spray ball cleaning to cleaning with a rotating spray ball can give the customers an optimization of approximately 30%, at a much lower initial cost. Here’s a video:

How to avoid sending people into tanks for cleaning

Slippery surfaces, sharp objects, and hazardous fumes are some of the challenges tank-cleaning-017when sending people into tanks for cleaning. In some countries sending sending people into tanks for cleaning is strictly forbidden. In others, it is a commonly used practice with no regulation and lots of accidents. The U.S. falls somewhere in the middle.

Using rotary impingement cleaning is a very effective and safe way to clean tanks and eliminates the need for confined space entry for manual cleaning. Even the most challenging residues just need high impact water jets, hot water or chemicals, and time to ensure the tank surface is completely clean.

Are you cleaning your tank manually? Let us show you a safer and most likely also cheaper way.


How to clean tank agitator blades

The new BladeClean is the first device of its kind to clean the notoriously challenging agitator blades in processing tanks – without any need for manual tank entry. Take a look at the video and images below to learn how this device accomplishes its goal. Visit us on our web site for more information and to request a quote.

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How to clean your totes/bulk containers in 2 minutes

Not only does the Alfa Laval Gamajet ToteBlast Station clean totes/bulk containers in 2- 7 minutes, one customer reported that the system paid for itself in 1 week!

How to Prevent Confined Space Entry?


Since the beginning of time employees have had to enter into vessels with a variety of different tools to clean them manually. Over time this has resulted in numerous injuries and even fatalities. Now with the evolution of the Alfa Laval Gamajet Tank Cleaning Machine, confined space entry will be a thing of the past.  Not only do they provide a highly effective clean, they accomplish these results without the need for confined space entry for manual cleaning. They also save tremendous amounts of time spent cleaning, while using the same or less water than other common methods.

Give us your most difficult tank to clean, and we are up to the challenge.



Stuck On You: How to Clean Greek Yogurt Residue in Process Tanks

The Gamajet Aseptic 1 cleans Greek yogurt tanks fast and effectively, using less water and in less time than conventional dairy tank cleaning methods.

The rapid rise in the popularity of Greek yogurt is apparent to anyone who has seen the yogurt aisle at the grocery store recently. Showing no signs of slowing down, the USDA recently awarded a contract to supply high-protein Greek-style yogurt in the National School Lunch Program. Whether it’s the perceived health benefits of this type of yogurt or the pleasing thick texture, people are choosing Greek yogurt over regular yogurt in droves.

Both regular and Greek yogurts are made the same way with milk and bacteria cultures. Where they differ is that Greek yogurt is then strained to remove the liquid whey from it. With that, it takes roughly four times the amount of milk to make an equivalent amount of Greek yogurt as for regular yogurt. This straining creates Greek yogurt’s thick texture that people prefer over regular yogurt. There is nearly twice the amount of protein in Greek yogurt as regular yogurt, so there is basically twice the amount of solids in it.

Rumor has it that cleaning tanks with Greek yogurt residue is cumbersome, to say the least. The head of Alfa Laval Tank Equipment, Bob Delaney, discovered this fact when he finished a container of Greek yogurt and left the dirty spoon out for his wife to clean. To make a long story short, she was less than thrilled with the cleaning process. However, this incident inspired Bob to challenge the North American Tank Competency Center, part of the Alfa Laval Group, to find the best way to clean a Greek yogurt tank in a typical manufacturing setting.

The team chose to compare a static spray ball, rotary sprayhead, and a rotary jethead to find out how well they clean Greek yogurt residue from a tank. All three devices are available in 3-A SSI-compliant versions. However, the three machines use differing technologies to clean tanks. Read the rest of the article here:

New Videos Highlight Gamajet’s Impressive Product Line & People

In December, the staff at Gamajet was busy with more than just machine orders. The employees became movie stars, filming almost 20 company, application, and product videos at the Exton, PA location. Take a look at a couple of the finished products and enjoy!
Who is Gamajet:
Gamajet in the Dairy Industry: (Click on the Video tab, and then the Dairy Overview link).