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Automatic CIP system

All the O+B filling equipment (with the exception of  Flash 1100) can be equipped with an automatic CIP (cleaning in place) system of hoppers and dosing units that minimizes costs and eliminates the hazards associated with a manual cleaning operation.

The CIP system is based on a pressurized recirculation system and comprises a spray ball that directs pressurized water, solvent or cleaning fluid jets onto the hopper walls to remove product residues.

In the case of filling lines with two dosing units, the CIP system allows one unit to be cleaned while the other remains in service by differentiating their height above the transport table.

To carry out a cleaning cycle in our automatic and semi-automatic filling units (except for the Flash 1100), the operator will need to mount the recirculation hose and manage the intake of cleaning fluid, the recirculation cycles, the evacuation, and the timings.

In our filling lines with enhanced automation, equipped with control, management and maintenance software “OBmatic Fill”, it is possible to predefine one or more cleaning profiles, setting the cleaning fluid intake, the number of recirculation and discharge cycles,  and the dosing unit volume and speed. The operator will only need to replace the capillary filling nozzle for the recirculation hose and select the desired cleaning profile on the screen, where he will be able to follow the whole cleaning process.

Automatic cleaning of the hoppers and dosing units brings enormous advantages for the production process:

  • The automatic process minimizes the amount of cleaning fluid used, resulting in lower costs and less environmental impact and pollution.
  • Cleaning times are shortened and operator costs reduced.
  • The operator is not exposed to the solvent, eliminating health hazards.
  • The automatic CIP system allows a repeatable standard cleaning process to be configured and adapted to the needs of the production cycle, eliminating the risk of no traceability and of contamination between production batches.
  • Downtime between production batches is minimized, thereby reducing costs. In the case of twin dosing unit filling lines, downtime is eliminated, providing increased production - one dosing unit will maintain production while the other is in the process of cleaning.