The engineering expertise of Alfa Laval Gamajet horizontal tank cleaning

Approximately two years ago, Alfa Laval Gamajet launched the revolutionary concept of horizontal tank cleaning. Hundreds of hours of engineering, design, testing and retesting created this concept and subsequent Sidewinder product. Not only are we extremely confident of the operation of the sidewinder in horizontal tanks, we are proud to have saved companies countless hours of time spent cleaning tanks since the product was launched to the marketplace.

The horizontal Alfa Laval Gamajet 4 and 8 when used with the Sidewinder Manway Assembly,

The Alfa Laval Gamajet Sidewinder device for horizontal tank cleaning

The Alfa Laval Gamajet Sidewinder device for horizontal tank cleaning

have shown that they are very durable and extremely effective in cleaning tanker trucks. They offer so much of an advantage that we have also sold this set up to major brewers to clean horizontal tanks.

The wear to the horizontal machine is more, but not excessive. Offsetting factors of hydraulic load and reduced cycle time greatly help compensate for the sideways mounting. We do not recommend anyone to try this configuration with competitors machines, since many of them have a center of balance that is further out from the mounting inlet – they should show excessive wear due to load factors during body rotation.

Our Alfa Laval Gamajet 4 machine has a durable gear train to handle the stress. The Alfa Laval Gamajet 8 is very well designed for this type of application, since it offers a smaller diameter and a sealed gear train.

In testing at the University of Florida, the test results from these two machines run horizontally was so startling that the test apparatus was checked and the tests run again. Our gear ratios and spray coverage are capable of covering a tanker truck in half the time of an upright machine, and our spray pattern is twice as effective when in this position.


Some fleet owners are seeing metal damage in their tankers directly beneath the manway. This is due to the fact that the metal inside most fleet tanks are never getting passivation treatments after they leave the factory. This makes the metal more susceptible to corrosion and surface issues.
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When you run an upright machine, it hits the floor under the manway with a violent blast only four

The horizontal configuration enables the pattern of the water jets to hit the tanker bulkhead 30 times more than upright cleaning.

The horizontal configuration enables the pattern of the water jets to hit the tanker bulkhead 30 times more than upright cleaning.

feet away. This blast is repeated every thirty seconds or less. That is a tremendous amount of wasted impact. By turning the machine sideways, it hits the difficult to clean end bulk heads every thirty seconds, and the area directly below the manway is washed every three minutes with a direct impact and covered with wash water almost continually. This is why you can often reduce run times by 30 to 50%.

We have movies of the sidewinder operation, computer Trax diagrams that confirm coverage, testimonials from customers, approvals from major brewers, and the test report from a PhD candidate. Contact sales@gamajet.com for more information.