Have you ever wondered how they clean milk bowsers and other tanks that hold chemicals and beverages? Most milk bowsers don’t have an opening that is big enough to go in and clean. No, they don’t waste time on cleaning the tank with a hose. In a world where a solution is available for almost every issue, we have the Spray Ball to clean tanks and bowsers efficiently. Storage tanks, milk-collecting tanks, and CIP tanks are widely used for commercial and industrial applications. Anyway, you can’t use these storage tanks forever without cleaning after a certain period of usage. We cover several topics in this article including the Spray Ball and other options available for cleaning storage vessels and tanks. Let’s get started!
Spray Ball at a glance
Well, it is a simple piece of material for efficient cleaning of commercial and industrial tanks and vessels such as milk-collecting tanks and chemical vessels. No mechanical parts or electrical components. Take a look at this picture for a better understanding of this simple, yet effective piece of material (https://www.awh.eu/fileadmin/images/content/produkte/Reinigungstechnik/TANKO-RB/AWH_Edelstahl_Reinigungstechnik_TANKO_RB.jpg.) As you can see in the picture, it is a hollow metal ball with holes on it. When water is directed through the bigger opening at one end; it goes through smaller holes at high-pressure. In other words, a Spray Ball offers powerful flushing at low-pressure. Take a look at this picture too (http://texasprocesstechnologies.com/store/media/SPRAY%20BALLS.png.) You can easily clean the whole tank with a Spray Ball. Manufacturers across the world have modified this useful piece of material to use for specific customers’ applications. By using special balls, you can clean the top section of a tank as shown in the picture. For a bigger tank, you can use two balls for efficient cleaning.
Why is tank cleaning necessary?
Well, we can explain it to you with an example. How about cleaning a milk-collecting tank in the food industry. Milk is a beverage that bacteria grows in easily. So, according to the food industry standards; cleaning a milk-collecting tank is mandatory. If not cleaned properly, bacteria can grow in milk, which can lead to a disaster in the food industry. No manufacturer in the food industry can afford it. As a result, manufacturers in the food industry consider the Spray Ball as a must-have for effective cleaning. Well, you should choose the right Spray Ball depending on your tank’s shape. What if you couldn’t find the right ball for your specific application? Don’t worry! Manufacturers now offer customized drilling to match your applications. They change the hole pattern on the Spray Ball, so you can use it for your every application, no matter your tank’s shape.
We can highlight several advantages of using this efficient piece of material for tank/vessel cleaning:
If you take a look at the pictures we have given so far; you can understand that this special spraying method is much more efficient than you using a general hose to clean the tank. Cleaning a milk-collecting tank by a general hose is not advisable as you may miss some areas in the tank such as the top section. A Spray Ball, on the other hand; directs water at high-pressure to every corner of the tank, and it does it efficiently (at once.) It is just a matter of placing a ball in the tank’s center (as shown in the picture.)
* Low-pressure and high flow rate
The top opening of the ball is a bigger one, which allows a higher volume of water to enter. The amount of water that enters the ball through the bigger opening should exit the ball at the same time and rate. To compensate this factor, water exists through small holes at a high rate, resulting in a high-pressure. So, you can expect a powerful cleaning effect thanks to low-pressure and high-flow rate.
* No mechanical parts
A Spray Ball is a simple piece of material that comes with no moving/mechanical parts. So, nothing is there to get worn off or get damaged (zero maintenance.) The materials should show high-resistance to corrosion, also; chemical resistance. Anyway, a maximum possible water pressure is there as a limit for every Spray Ball (for example, 1 – 2.5 bar (14.5 – 36.3 psi.)
Since it doesn’t come with any moving/mechanical parts; it is a cheap piece of material. The price of the ball may vary depending on the material, allowed pressure, and hole patterns. Some spray balls are electropolished for extra quality. Stainless steel is the widely used metal for this piece of material.
Not like when using a hose; you don’t need to worry about temperatures up to 95 °C (203 °F) when using a Spray Ball for tank/vessel cleaning. Also, you can use cleaning chemicals, and no need to worry about chemical wear (stainless steel and electropolished.)
* Variable flow rate depending on your application
0.9 – 66.7 m³/h, 15 – 1,112 l/min, 4 – 294 USgpm.
* Larger cleaning diameter
The cleaning diameter can extend up to 8 meters (26.2 ft.) So, if your tank’s diameter is larger than 8 meters; you may need to use two or more spray balls to cover the entire tank.
Well, you got many other tank cleaning options that are mechanical and expensive. Anyway, we cannot ignore such methods as every cleaning method comes with advantages and disadvantages:
1) Spray Tank Washers.
2) Jet Tank Washers.
3) Orbital Tank Washers.
4) Retracting Cleaners.
5) Motor-driven Barrel Washers.
6) High-pressure Tank Washers.
Well, as a food manufacturer; you may not know which Spray Ball or other cleaning methods suit the most for your tank cleaning job. Talk to us or an engineer for more information on these products.
Some final words
Tank and vessel cleaning is essential in the food industry for food safety. Regular cleaning with a general hose might not be the best option for an effective clean. So, you need something more reliable such as a Spray Ball for peace of mind on 100% food safety. Make sure you buy polished balls for applications of the food industry.
Don’t skip at least one cleaning cycle of your beverage or milk-collecting tanks. Bacteria growth in milk or other beverages can lead to a disaster in the food industry. Also, the quality of stored chemicals can go down if you avoid cleaning cycles of chemical-collecting tanks. Leave a comment in the comment section if you found this article helpful. We appreciate your feedback! Don’t hesitate to tell your specific requirements to the distributor for a customized-hole-patterned Spray Ball.