The idea of cleaning-in-place (CIP) techniques is to remove 'soil' from your business' process equipment. This means that your business can clean its machinery with little or no disassembly.
Using CIP within your business can deliver a number of advantages over manual cleaning. These include:
- higher levels of machinery cleanliness
- reduced levels of chemical and water use
- recovery of fluids that can be reused
- increased levels of automation that can lead to overall efficiency savings
The CIP systems that your business puts in place need to be evaluated and possibly modified over time to give the highest levels of water and cost savings. You can optimise your CIP system in a number of ways. These include:
- checking the overall efficiency of your CIP programme to include flow rates and cycle times, cycle volumes, sequencing and temperature
- optimising pre-rinse
- optimising the detergent wash
- optimising post-rinse
- disinfectant use
- final rinse
- changes to the equipment in use
Tax breaks for water efficient equipment
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme provides tax incentives to businesses that invest in environmentally friendly technologies. It allows you to claim a 100 per cent first year tax allowance on equipment that appears on the Water Technology List - see first-year allowances for water efficient technologies.