Efficiency, Timeliness, and CIP Cleaning
Time is not on the side of anyone running a RO system. The longer you wait to launch a CIP cleaning, the more trouble the membranes can end up suffering. In particular, cleaning out the membranes becomes much more difficult since there is more to clean….if the membranes can be cleaned at all. Membranes weighted down by excessive organic or inorganic fouling lose their ability to filter effectively. Again, delays are never a good thing when it comes to cleaning. In reality, a thorough cleaning might not be possible if the membranes have fallen into a severe state of neglect. Never allow the unit to reach this point. Always schedule regular cleanings and inspections to make sure the membranes always work as expected.
As long as the membranes have not reached a totally ruined condition, they can still do what is intended. However, the efficiency of the system slows down quite a bit and may even reach unacceptable levels. To ensure the RO unit is able to effectively clean out the water traveling through it, the cleaning must be performed at regular intervals. Doing so ensures the membranes are always clear and as totally unobstructed as possible.
For those with major concerns over what they have taken the right steps towards CIP cleaning, contacting a provider of clean-in-place units is well advised.
Having a CIP custom ordered for a RO system that either does not have one or is operating with an older, less efficient model is strongly recommended. The technicians working for the company can examine your membranes, determine any problems present, and then advise on what CIP process can prevent any troubles from occurring again in the future.
From that point forward, a new cleaning schedule can be implemented and your RO system should be kept working perfectly fine.
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