CIP (Clean-In-Place) STATION is a device that automates the cleaning of brewery equipment without disassembling it. It consists of two or three tanks that store and heat the cleaning solutions and one or two pumps that circulate the solutions through the equipment, such as fermenters, brite tanks, and pipes. A spray ball is usually attached to the equipment to spray the solutions on the inner surfaces and remove any dirt, bacteria, or residues. CIP machine can improve the hygiene, quality, and efficiency of the brewing process, as it reduces the risk of contamination, saves time and labor, and optimizes the use of chemicals and water.
There are two types of CIP machines: two tanks CIP system and three tanks CIP system. The difference between them is the number of tanks that store the cleaning solutions.