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Tank interior cleaning suitable for use with foodstuffs according to NSF standards

Customer MTR-Food / Mannheimer Tankwagenreinigung Dietrich Ehrhardt GmbH
Sector Food tank cleaning
Industry Cleaning services
Website www.mtr-mannheim.de

Issue

Tanks need to be cleaned. This applies particularly to the transport of food. Ultimately, safety, cleanliness and hygiene are a priority here. However, this results in significant maintenance costs in this area – for one thing due to high personnel costs for tank cleaning but also due to the downtime and associated loss of use in the vehicle fleet.

Challenge

The transport of foodstuffs is subject to the strictest conditions. The regulations range from the materials approved for the construction of such tanks to the types and designs, through to maintenance and care. Last but not least, even the cleaning agents must comply with the standards of the NFS. Thus, the selection of highly effective cleaning agents is severely limited for approval reasons. Since the cleaning of food tanks must be carried out with due care, the costs depend heavily on the effectiveness of the cleaning agents used.

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  • Analysis
    Analysis

    Occasionally, there were complaints about the cleaning result at the company MTR-Food in Mannheim. This affected in particular the rubber hoses, which are used for filling and draining the tanks. Black spots were increasingly found on the inner surface of the hose jacket. The replacement costs were up to €1,500 per complaint depending on the length and design of the foodstuff hoses.

  • Best advice
    Best advice

    The discolouration was caused by a strongly alkaline cleaning agent. This was replaced by Caramba TG 22. The weakly alkaline specialised cleaner proved to be effective especially with regard to the sensitive hoses and seals and was, at the same time, a gentle alternative for the material.

  • Caramba effect
    Caramba effect

    After switching to the slightly alkaline specialised cleaner Caramba TG 22, the complaint rate for tank interior cleaning dropped to almost zero. The related provisions for customer compensation were reduced by the same amount. In addition, the downtime for cleaning was reduced. Plus, an important contribution to greater occupational safety was made by not using strongly alkaline agents.

 Analysis


Occasionally, there were complaints about the cleaning result at the company MTR-Food in Mannheim. This affected in particular the rubber hoses, which are used for filling and draining the tanks. Black spots were increasingly found on the inner surface of the hose jacket. The replacement costs were up to €1,500 per complaint depending on the length and design of the foodstuff hoses.


Best advice


The discolouration was caused by a strongly alkaline cleaning agent. This was replaced by Caramba TG 22. The weakly alkaline specialised cleaner proved to be effective especially with regard to the sensitive hoses and seals and was, at the same time, a gentle alternative for the material.


Caramba effect


After switching to the slightly alkaline specialised cleaner Caramba TG 22, the complaint rate for tank interior cleaning dropped to almost zero. The related provisions for customer compensation were reduced by the same amount. In addition, the downtime for cleaning was reduced. Plus, an important contribution to greater occupational safety was made by not using strongly alkaline agents.

Product used

TG 22

Alkaline, NSF-certified specialised cleaning agent

  • Gentle on materials due to an appropriate pH value
  • Removes even stubborn contamination of various kinds such as oil, grease, nicotine, soot, wax, soap, ink, insects and much more
  • pH value (conc.): approx. 11.3

Area of application

Can be used in industrial companies of all kinds, especially in the automotive and aircraft industry, transportation, refineries, hospitals, commercial kitchens, for cleaning buildings and fire damage.

The product can be used on all smooth, water-resistant surfaces, such as those for exterior and interior cleaning of aircraft and cars. The NSF certification (category C1) makes it ideal for use in food-processing companies.

Customer feedback

Xhevat Ahmeti

MTR-Food
Cleaning Manager

„We have virtually no complaints any more. Therefore, the costs for replacing the blue hoses, which cost up to Euro 1,500, are also eliminated.“

Responsible person at Caramba

Torsten Kaiser

Key Account Manager Industry


torsten.kaiser@caramba.de

„MTR and Caramba have worked together for more than 10 years. Therefore, it is a matter of course for me to help our customers with problems and to find appropriate solutions.“

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