Tag Archive: Food Manufacturing

  1. Zymit® Pro Enzyme Cleaner

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    Enzyme cleaners are specialized products that help accelerate the process of breaking down organic waste and soils. In addition to helping eliminate stains, they can also fight the pungent odors that accompany many types of decomposing matter. Keep reading to broaden your understanding of how these cleaners work, when enzyme cleaners are particularly useful, and the industries that rely on them every day to keep their facilities clean, safe, and healthy.

    What is an enzyme?

    Enzymes are proteins that accelerate chemical reactions. Enzymes are highly specific molecules that react with a particular substrate by breaking it down into smaller components. Enzymatic reactions occur everywhere in nature and are vital for most metabolic and biological processes.

    How does this help me clean?

    Traditional detergents rely on surfactants, the solution’s pH (either acidic or alkaline), builders, and solvents to clean. And there is nothing wrong with that! But sometimes soils can be exceedingly difficult to clean, beyond the effectiveness of traditional detergents. This is where enzymes come in handy.

    Enzymes can break down larger soil molecules, like proteins, fats, or starches, into smaller, easier-to-clean pieces. Specially formulated enzyme cleaners, like Zymit® Pro, contain powerful enzymes that break down large soil molecules into smaller pieces that surfactants can easily lift away. It’s important to understand what type of soil you’re targeting so you can choose the correct enzyme cleaner.

    What is Zymit® Pro?

    Zymit® Pro is a specially formulated enzyme cleaner that contains a powerful blend of surfactants, builders, and protease enzymes. Because protease enzymes break down proteins, this cleaner is especially good at cleaning food and biological soils. Zymit® Pro is formulated with biodegradable ingredients, is solvent-free, phosphate-free, and has a neutral pH. Zymit® Pro is free rinsing and compatible with a large variety of metals, plastics, and elastomers.

    A list of uses and industries served by Zymit® Pro include but are not limited to the following:

    Zymit Pro Uses:

    • Ceramics
    • Cleanrooms
    • Filter membranes
    • Gemstones
    • Glass
    • Industrial equipment and parts
    • Labware and instruments
    • Medical devices
    • Metal finishing
    • Stainless steel
    • Optical lenses
    • Pharma manufacturing equipment
    • Tanks, mixers, and fluid lines
    • Plumbing systems
    • Process equipment

     

    Zymit® Pro Industries Served:

    • Academia
    • Electronics
    • Filter Membrane Cleaning
    • Food & Beverage
    • Forensic & Crime Scene
    • Government
    • Industrial
    • Laboratory
    • Laundry
    • Medical
    • Medical Device
    • Nutraceutical
    • Parts Cleaning
    • Personal Care
    • Water/Wastewater
    • Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
    • Research Laboratory

     

    No matter your industry, if you encounter tough protein soils, Zymit® Pro is the ideal choice for thorough and effective cleaning. For difficult-to-clean soils that include both protein and starch, Zymit® Low Foam may be the right cleaner for you.

    Contact our team for more information or to get help finding the right cleaner for your application.

  2. Choosing the Right Automotive Assembly Lubricant

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    Hoses, seals, O-rings, belts, pads, bushings, and grommets – what do they all have in common? These parts are all made of rubber and are found within your car.

    Automobile assemblies are complex and contain many moving parts. The average light vehicle in the US and Canada contains about 206 pounds of rubber, accounting for around 5% of the vehicle’s total weight (Statista n.d.). That is a lot of rubber! That said, the integrity of rubber components is just as important as that of the other parts in a car. Without using a proper rubber assembly lubricant, you risk tearing, fraying, and ripping your rubber parts. Damaged rubber can lead to costly repairs or worse. The P-80 line of temporary rubber assembly lubricants helps prevent these issues by effectively lubricating rubber parts, allowing the parts to easily slide into place while avoiding the damage caused by friction and force. Other industrial oils and lubricants are formulated with chemicals that are harmful to rubber and your health, including mineral oils and solvents. P-80® lubricants do not contain such chemicals and are a safer choice for both your rubber parts and your health.

    All four of IPC’s industrial lubricants are perfect for automotive assembly applications. Because each type of part may require that the lubricant have specific characteristics, below is a brief introduction to our lubricants:

    P-80® Emulsion Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant A white-beige water-based emulsion made with a blend of synthetic vegetable esters.
    P-80® Grip-It Quick-Drying Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant A quick-drying, water-based surfactant mixture that dries tacky to help parts stay in place
    P-80® RediLube Temporary Rubber Assembly Lubricant A low-residue, fast-drying lubricant designed for use on non-porous and coated rubber surfaces
    P-80® THIX Temporary Rubber Lubricant Gel A thick, viscous lubricant that does not drip. Ideal for vertical or overhead assemblies.

    IPC is the best supplier of assembly lubricants for automotive applications. P-80® products are also perfectly suited for your other industrial lubricant needs. The technical team at IPC is available to answer any questions or further assist you in selecting the perfect lubricant for your automotive application. Contact us today to get started.

  3. Helping You Choose the Right Solution for Medical Device Cleaning and Medical Instrument Cleaning

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    Whether your medical device is disposable, implantable, or reusable, it must be cleaned before use. Cleaning medical equipment is a crucial step in a successful disinfecting procedure. IPC offers a full line of precision cleaners, each with unique characteristics, that can provide you with the required level of cleanliness prior to disinfecting. IPC’s cleaners offer many benefits: they’re solvent-free, highly concentrated, economical, easy-to-mix liquids, phosphate-free, and, most importantly, effective.

    What should you consider when choosing one of IPC’s cleaners as a medical instrument detergent?

    • The soil to be cleaned (biological, tissue, fingerprints, oil, etc.)
    • Cleaning temperature (enzymes can’t be used at high temperatures)
    • The type of material to be cleaned (to make sure the cleaner won’t tarnish metals, etc.)
    • If enzymes are preferred
    • Wash method and if foam is an issue or not (we offer both high-foamers and low-foamers)

    Choosing the right cleaner:

    For removing oils, fingerprints, and debris from the manufacturing process:

    • Our alkaline cleaners, including Micro-90, Micro Green Clean, and LF2100, are all effective at removing oily residues.
      • Micro-90 is formulated with a synergistic surfactant blend and chelants to easily remove manufacturing and process soils. Micro Green Clean is just as effective with its biodegradable formula.
      • LF2100 is a low foaming cleaner for cleaning applications where a high foam level is not acceptable.
    • Surface-Cleanse/930 is a surfactant-based cleaner that is safer for many surfaces due to its neutral pH.

    For cleaning reusable devices, such as endoscopy equipment:

    • Our enzyme cleaners, such as Zymit Low Foam and Zymit Pro, would be ideal for this situation.
    • Zymit Low Foam contains both amylase (breaks down starches) and protease (breaks down proteins) enzymes, while Zymit Pro contains just protease enzymes.
    • These cleaners are powerful at removing biological debris yet are gentle on your devices.

    Once your parts are cleaned and rinsed, you can start the next important step: disinfecting. Ensuring that your cleaning and disinfecting process is effective is necessary for preventing infections and rejections in patients who rely on your medical devices and medical instruments. Although IPC does not offer disinfectants, our cleaners effectively remove tough soils that allow your disinfectant step to be thorough and effective.

    IPC can help with establishing a cleaning validation protocol. We offer free samples to help you determine your ideal cleaning solution. See our guide on cleaning medical devices for more information. Contact us for questions, technical information, and more.

  4. Why Food Manufacturers Trust IPC’s Cleaners

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    Disinfectants and other sanitizing agents cannot adequately sanitize a surface with leftover food residue on it. These contaminants can harbor harmful germs and bacteria. Cleaning removes traces of dirt, debris, and dust and primes surfaces and equipment for disinfection. Simply put, cleaning is just as important as disinfecting, and that’s why selecting an appropriate cleaner is crucial for achieving your facility’s cleanliness goals. The right cleaner will easily remove all food residues and soils so that your sanitizing step is thorough and effective. IPC has several products available to help you effortlessly achieve your cleaning needs.

    Why Cleaning is as Critical as Sterilization for Food Manufacturing

    Foodborne illnesses are caused by bacteria, viruses, and molds and spread via cross-contamination. Performed correctly, cleaning and sanitizing can protect the health of employees and consumers by virtually eliminating the risk of foodborne illnesses.

    • Cleaning is a process that involves the removal of unwanted dirt, debris, and contaminants. It is an essential first step in your sanitization procedure. IPC’s cleaners are formulated with surfactants and builders and are available in several different pHs.
    • Disinfecting uses chemicals, like bleach or quats, to destroy microorganisms, which is why cleaning is a pivotal first step. You need to ensure all of your food processing surfaces are clean enough to have contact with the sanitizer. Leftover food debris or other contaminants prevent sanitizers from adequately reaching the food contact surface and destroying microbes.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting go hand-in-hand, but cleaning must be performed first since the disinfecting step will not effectively sanitize soiled surfaces or equipment.

    Why Manufacturers Trust IPC for Food Processing Cleaning

    Manufacturers trust IPC for food processing cleaning because our powerful cleaners are mild and cover a wide range of needs.

    We have several types of formulations available, including:

    • Acidic, neutral, and alkaline pHs,
    • Enzyme cleaners,
    • High and low foamers,
    • Biodegradable options.

    All of our cleaners are NSF-registered A1 general-purpose cleaners.

    • Since no government regulatory agency controls cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, NSF fills this void by requiring all formulas to undergo formulation, label, and traceability review prior to certification (Dezsi 2021).
    • We also offer two NSF-registered H1 lubricants for incidental food contact, P-80® Emulsion IFC and P-80® Thix IFC, for all your assembly needs.

    All IPC formulas are:

    • Phosphate-free
    • Solvent-free
    • Fragrance-free
    • Low VOC

    Our cleaners provide fast, effective soil removal.

    • This decreases downtime so you can get back to production quickly.

     

    Our formulas are free-rinsing.

    • Water easily rinses away our cleaners off of your surfaces. This means no residue buildup on your equipment.
    • We offer free cleaning validation reports to help you set up your own procedure.

     

    Our cleaners are safe for use on stainless steel, glassware, ceramics, most plastics, and more.

    • Although our non-corrosive cleaners are unlikely to damage equipment, we always recommend our customers test our cleaners first

    Extends the potential operational lifetime of equipment when compared to using more corrosive cleaners.

     

    Highly concentrated and competitively priced, our cleaners are an economical solution for cleaning your food processing facility.

    • A simple 1-2% solution of our cleaners in water makes for a powerful cleaning solution.

     

    We provide free samples and technical support

    • IPC provides free samples for all cleaning products as well as complimentary technical support to ensure that your plant is utilizing the best possible cleaning procedure.
    • Our product specialists are experts in cleaning and validation procedures for food processing. We have cleaning validation methods available to help get you started.

     

    Getting Started With Your IPC Cleaner

    Once you’ve selected your ideal IPC cleaner, we can show you how to develop a more effective cleaning process for your food processing plant. Contact us for more information, to request a free sample, or for technical support.

     

    References

    Dezsi, Orsi. 2021. White Paper: Seven Steps to a Clean and Sanitized Food Processing Facility. October. https://www.nsf.org/knowledge-library/clean-food-processing-facilities.

     

Detergent Selection Guide

= Used ; = Preferred
SOILS Micro-90® Micro® Green Clean Micro® A07 Surface-Cleanse/930® LF2100® Zymit® Low-Foam Zymit® Pro
Adhesives
Biofilm
Biological soils: Blood, Feces, Mucous, Sebum, Sweat, Urine
Dyes, Inks
Eggs, Butter, Fruit Stains
Emulsifiers
Fat
Fingerprints
Flavor, Fragrances
Gelatin
Gels
Grass
Insoluble Salts
Milkstone
Oils
Oxides
Paraffins
Petrolatum
Proteins
Scale
Shop Dusts, Soldering Flux
Silicons
Starch
Tar
Tissue
Titanium Dioxides