• The Free Rotating Retractor quickly and effectively removes residues from the interior surfaces of hard-to-clean vessels,
    The Free Rotating Retractor quickly and effectively removes residues from the interior surfaces of hard-to-clean vessels,

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 retractable cleaning device, claims to provide complete cleaning assurance, enhancing product safety while boosting uptime and productivity.

“The Free Rotating Retractor is the latest example of how Alfa Laval works to make 100 per cent cleaning coverage in hygienic processing lines, like milk or infant powder plants, a reality,” said Babak Shojaei, manager, Product Management Tank Cleaning, Alfa Laval. “We remain tireless in our efforts to innovate to meet customer needs.”

Complete cleaning assurance

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.

The 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.

Boost process uptime and product safety

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

Up to 35% savings in water, chemicals and time

Dynamic and resource-efficient, this cleaning device claims to deliver up to 35 per cent 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.

Low total cost of ownership

It is easy and economical to install, operate and maintain the Free Rotating Retractor 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 retractor's total cost of ownership is low due to the minimal cost and effort involved in owning and operating it.

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