Hygienic, sanitary measures are critical in many manufacturing facilities. From food and beverage to semiconductor and pharmaceutical, these systems ensure cleanability while reducing product loss and downtime.
Known as Clean in Place (CIP) these systems use water, heat and/or chemicals to clean and sanitize machines and other areas of a plant removing dirt, spores, and other bacteria, both visible and not visible, to guarantee cleanliness.
Contamination Prevention Market
Demands for equipment that cleans is rising in the pharmaceutical industry with purchases reaching close to $550M in 2019 according to the latest report from the McIlvaine Company titled, “Ultrapure Water: World Markets.”
Ensuring these machines function optimally requires the proper fitting and connections as well as automated technologies like sensors to indicate what’s happening on the inside of a vessel.
Improper chemical use and fitting options can cause erosion, breakage and present a host of other dangers.
Tri-Clamp and Fittings
Not only is keeping clean a priority, but these systems also need to prevent product mixing, contamination, and allergens or microbial threats. Fittings that are tight and durable and that are made of cleanable finishes are all critical.
A Tri-Clamp is the best option for a fitting/connection in these settings because it is sanitary, easy to clean and does not leave room for leaks. A tri-clamp also meets today’s strict sanitary and quality standards and can withstand high temperatures present in most sanitation systems for pharmaceuticals.
How Level Sensors Help
Optical sensors and other instruments are being used in these applications to help improve cleanliness and control contamination. Through the use of level sensors connected to pumps and valves, it’s become more cost-effective for pharmaceutical plants to sanitize tanks, purify water, and more. Sensors that can measure the product and the detergent in a tank can also provide information on tank levels, and flow measurements.
Fluidswitch’s FM series Stainless Steel switches are perfect in these environments because they are corrosive resistant used to control pumps and alarms and can indicate general fluid levels.