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(Mobile) CIP systems

What is a CIP system?

CIP systems (Cleaning-in-Place), like the SCHULZ CIP Mobile, are designed for automatic cleaning and disinfection of process equipment and pipelines in the food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology industries. These systems are engineered to clean efficiently and hygienically, preventing cross-contamination between different product batches and ensuring product quality.

How does a mobile CIP system work?

Mobile CIP systems are mounted on__ movable frames__, allowing easy transport and positioning to various locations. This flexibility enhances day-to-day operations. By effectively removing impurities and residues from previous batches, the system guarantees efficient and reliable CIP cleaning of pipelines and the entire production setup.

The CIP Mobile can automatically dose cleaning solutions, homogeneously mix and circulate them to ensure consistent cleaning. Constructed from corrosion-resistant stainless steel, the system enjoys an extended service life.

Temperature control and regulation of the cleaning solution are vital to the cleaning process. The CIP Mobile can precisely control the cleaning fluid's temperature through heating systems. Cleaning agents are stored in a container on the mobile CIP system's frame and are pumped into the cleaning process. During cleaning, energy, cleaning agents, and water usage are crucial. Therefore, operational costs and environmental impact are minimized.

Furthermore, safety-related features like emergency stop switches, pressure relief valves, and protective mechanisms are integrated to safeguard both operators and equipment. The cleaning apparatus is also capable of generating a cleaning protocol, serving as documentation for monitoring and adhering to quality and safety standards. This enhances operator control over the cleaning process.

Construction of the CIP Mobile

Mounted on a mobile frame, the system's transport and positioning are swift and straightforward. Control and regulation of the system are managed through an automation system that monitors critical parameters like temperature, pressure, flow rate, and cleaning time.

Pipelines and fittings connect various components of the CIP system, directing the cleaning solution into the targeted system. The CIP piping is designed for easy connections to different equipment and pipeline systems. Hose connections and couplings facilitate the swift and easy assembly of the CIP system.

The cleaning tank is where fresh cleaning solutions are prepared and heated. Depending on requirements, mobile CIP systems can be equipped with one or multiple tanks to accommodate different cleaning solutions. The heating system, which can be either a steam or electric heating system based on needs, raises the cleaning solution to the desired temperature. The pumping system ensures the cleaning solution flows through the targeted system with the required pressure and flow rate, usually comprising one or more centrifugal pumps.

Advantages of a Mobile CIP System

Flexibility: A mobile CIP system permits efficient and flexible cleaning of various production setups and areas within a facility without the need for fixed installations. This enables cleaning to be performed as needed, enhancing operational adaptability.

Cost efficiency: Mobile CIP systems are more cost-effective than fixed CIP installations, requiring fewer infrastructure and components. Additionally, a mobile CIP system can be used sequentially across multiple production lines, optimizing utilization and investment amortization.

Rapid deployment: Mobile CIP systems can be operational in a short time as they require minimal setup. This facilitates swift response to changes in the production process, improving operational agility.

Easy adaptation: Mobile CIP systems can be easily adjusted to different requirements and processes by connecting them to other equipment or pipelines.

Recipe management: Various recipes for different cleaning processes can be stored and accessed at any time.

Space efficiency: As mobile CIP systems are flexible and do not require fixed structures, they occupy less space in the production area, which is advantageous in facilities with limited space.

Application Areas of a CIP System

• Brewery equipment
• Food and beverage industry equipment
• Pharmaceutical production equipment
• Dairy equipment
• Cosmetics industry
• Chemical industry
• Biotechnology


A CIP system offers an efficient and adaptable solution for cleaning process equipment, vessels, and pipelines in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. Mobile CIP cleaning, in particular, stands out due to its high flexibility, lower costs, and smaller footprint compared to fixed CIP installations. Overall, mobile CIP systems provide an attractive avenue for cleaning production setups in various industries, enabling fast and thorough cleaning that supports hygiene and quality standards.