SWEDEN – Alfa Laval has introduced the PlusClean cleaning nozzle, which the company says delivers 100% tank cleaning coverage.
Its use also delivers up to 80% savings in water and cleaning media costs, and prevents product contamination, according to the Swedish food equipment manufacturer.
Installed flush with the tank wall or bottom, the cleaning nozzle has a built-in adjustment function that makes installation easy and operation effective, providing cleaning coverage in shadow areas, such as beneath agitator blades.
“Integrating Alfa Laval PlusClean cleaning nozzles into any tank and tank cleaning process means there’s nowhere for contaminants to hide,” said Janne Pedersen, global portfolio manager, tank cleaning, Alfa Laval.
“Now the promise of optimal tank cleaning is truly a promise that we can keep. No shadow areas and no risk of product contamination. Period.”
Alfa Laval says the new equipment is suitable for the dairy, pharmaceutical, food, beverage, and home-personal care industries.
By making the cleaning process more efficient, PlusClean also improves process efficiency and safety as well as product quality, which can lead to higher productivity.
Minimizing wastage also reduces manufacturers’ impact on the environment, raises productivity, and lowers the total cost of ownership, according to Alfa Laval.
The standard Alfa Laval PlusClean is supplied as a media spring-activated cleaning nozzle for hygienic process tank cleaning.
A special pneumatic-driven version is also available for sterile and for aseptic process tank cleaning, there’s the Alfa Laval PlusClean UltraPure.
Alfa Laval expands operations in Italy
Meanwhile, the leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation, and fluid handling technologies recently expanded its Italian footprint with the opening of a new manufacturing facility.
The facility in San Bonifacio will produce the company’s portfolio of brazed heat exchangers for distribution in Europe.
Alfa Laval described the facility as its most modern and sustainable production facility yet, with rooftop solar panels supplying energy.
The facility also features a digitalized warehouse management system to oversee the flow of materials and goods, an advanced automated production set-up, and an on-site training centre.
The Italian facility also features a lab for the research and development of new innovative products for heat pumping, air conditioning, and refrigeration.
“The new facility marks an important milestone in our strategy to move towards Industry 4.0 and make manufacturing both smarter and more efficient, across the whole production line,” says Mikael Tydén, President of the Operations Division, Alfa Laval.
“With this state-of-the-art facility we are better equipped to meet our customers’ needs, and together with them we will drive the development of tomorrow’s product range.”
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