Preventing contamination is a crucial element in the design of hygienic processing lines. Yet, manufacturers often face uncertainty when cleaning ducts, tanks, and other confined spaces with hard-to-reach shadow areas. The new Alfa Laval Free Rotating Retractor, a high-efficiency, retractable cleaning device, provides complete cleaning assurance, enhancing product safety while boosting uptime and productivity.

Preparing hygienic vessels quickly and economically, so that all interior surfaces are spotlessly clean and ready for production, is easy with the Free Rotating Retractor. Dynamic and resource-efficient, this retractable cleaning-in-place device remains sealed off from the product area during production, flush with the vessel wall. The spray head slides out, expelling cleaning media in a 310° up-spray pattern across the vessel surface. Upon completion of the cleaning cycle, the spray head retracts and the vessel is production-ready.

The Free Rotating Retractor quickly and effectively removes residues from the interior surfaces of hard-to-clean vessels, limiting cross-contamination, minimizing downtime, and increasing productivity. It complies with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), EU, and China regulations while securing good manufacturing and hygiene practices at dairy, food, beverage, home and personal care, and other processing facilities. For high-purity pharmaceutical and biotechnology processing lines, the Free Rotating Retractor UltraPure is the solution. A 3.1 documentation package for metal parts is available upon request.

Dynamic and resource-efficient, this cleaning device delivers up to 35 percent savings in water, chemicals, and time for every CIP cycle compared to conventional static spray ball technology. Moreover, more efficient use of resources enhances sustainability throughout manufacturing operations.

The Free Rotating Retractor is also easy and economical to install, operate, and maintain due to its streamlined construction. To fully automate operation, pair two or more of these cleaning devices and Alfa Laval ThinkTop sensing and control units with an existing CIP system. All told, the total cost of ownership is low due to the minimal cost and effort involved in owning and operating it.

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