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1. (WO2018220358) SYSTEM FOR CLEANING PROCESSING EQUIPMENT

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/220358    International Application No.:    PCT/GB2018/051460
Publication Date: Fri Dec 07 00:59:59 CET 2018 International Filing Date: Thu May 31 01:59:59 CEST 2018
IPC: B08B 9/027
B08B 9/032
B08B 9/093
B08B 13/00
Applicants: MARTEC OF WHITWELL LIMITED
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Inventors: STERRITT, Ian
WATSON, Nicholas
WOOLLEY, Elliot
Title: SYSTEM FOR CLEANING PROCESSING EQUIPMENT
Abstract:
A system for cleaning the interior surfaces of tanks and piping of industrial processing equipment (5a), the system being in fluid communication with one or more inlets of the processing equipment and one or more outlets of the processing equipment. The system has cleaning fluid supply means (15) that supplies one or more cleaning fluids selected from rinsing fluid, chemical washing fluid, sanitising fluid and sterilizing fluid to the interior of the processing equipment, surface fouling detection means (20, 30) that directly detects fouling on one or more sections of the interior surfaces of the processing equipment in real-time, and control means (60) that controls the supply of said one or more cleaning fluids in response to signals from the surface fouling detection means. The system optimizes cleaning, for example by reducing the unnecessary use of water, energy and chemicals and/or reducing the loss of production time.